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Posted: April 30th, 2009
1st round prediction results…
Cavaliers Pistons Basketball

Detroit couldn't stop LeBron James.

Let’s take a look and see how my predictions have fared for these best-of-7, first-round NBA playoff series.

Eastern Conference

(1) Cleveland vs. (8) Detroit
Prediction: Cavaliers in 5.
Final result: Cavaliers in 4.
Closing remark: Detroit never had a chance against Cleveland, which played like the top seed in this year’s playoffs in sweeping the Pistons with relative ease.

(4) Atlanta vs. (5) Miami
Prediction: Heat in 6.
Still in progress: Atlanta leads the series, 3-2, heading into Friday’s Game 6 at Miami. The winner will face Cleveland in the conference semifinals.
Why: Dwyane Wade’s back spasms have literally hurt the Heat.

76ers Magic Basketball

Andre Iguodala (9) and the 76ers made Hedo Turkoglu and the Magic earn this series win.

(3) Orlando vs. (6) Philadelphia
Prediction: Magic in 5.
Final result: Magic in 6.
Closing remark: The Orlando Magic are just a better team, which showed in them clinching the series without Dwight Howard, who was suspended for Game 6 after clocking Samuel Dalembert with an elbow in Game 5.

(2) Boston vs. (7) Chicago
Prediction: Celtics in 6.
Still in progress: The Bulls forced a Game 7 (Saturday night) after beating the Celtics in triple overtime, 128-127, Thursday night in Chicago. The winner will face Orlando in the conference semifinals.
Why: Not having Kevin Garnett has hurt the Celtics, but the Bulls are playing out their minds right now.

Western Conference

Jazz Lakers Basketball

Kobe Bryant has to prevent the talented L.A. Lakers from losing focus.

(1) L.A. Lakers vs. (8) Utah
Prediction: Lakers in 5.
Final result: Lakers in 5.
Closing remark: Lakers made it look too easy.

(4) Portland vs. (5) Houston
Prediction: Rockets in 6.
Final result: Rockets in 6. They will face the Lakers in the conference semifinals.
Closing remark: The Rockets finally make it out the first round for the first time since 1997.

(3) San Antonio vs. (6) Dallas
Prediction: Mavericks in 6.
Final result: Mavericks in 5.
Closing remark: With older legs and no Manu Ginobili, the Spurs couldn’t keep up with Dallas.

(2) Denver vs. (7) New Orleans
Prediction: Hornets in 6.
Final result: Nuggets in 5. Denver will play Dallas in the conference semifinals.
Closing remark: Although I knew Denver had the better team in this series, had to stick with my preseason prediction of the Hornets winning it all till the end. Some prediction.

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