Friday, April 17, 2009

Western Conference Playoff Predictions

No.1 Lakers vs. No. 8 Jazz

Kobe Bryant vs Deron Williams should be the fun matchup to watch in this series but it won’t come down to who is the better of the two guards (Bryant) the deciding factor will be Utah’s inability to have an answer for Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum inside.

Prediction: Lakers in 5

No. 2 Nuggets vs. No. 7 Hornets

Chauncey Billups gave the Denver Nuggets a new identity and now as the post season approaches he brings championship caliber leadership to a team that desperately needed it.

Prediction: Nuggets in 6

No. 3 Spurs vs. No. 6 Mavericks

Here’s where I’m picking a first round upset. The Spurs are without their King of the Flop, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan isn’t healthy. The Spurs were better in the regular season but the Mavericks are the healthier team.

Prediction: Mavs in 7

No. 4 Blazers vs. No. 5 Rockets

Brandon Roy and Greg Oden are set to make their playoff debuts and I believe that they’ll make a splash. The Rockets are notoriously known for tanking in the first round and why I believe that Yao Ming and the Rockets wont lay down I do think they’ll go down fighting.

Prediction: Blazers in 7