First Round Matchups
8. Hawks vs. 1. Celtics- The Celtics should make easy time with the Hawks with the big 3 of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Even after the 9 year drought of the playoffs for the Hawks ended the Celtics will make the Hawks go home again. These games really shouldn't be even close and it should be a tune up for the survivor of the Wizards vs. Cavs matchup
Celtics in 4.
5. Wizards vs. 4 Cavaliers- With Caron Butler and Agent 0 healthy, the Wizards are looking to end the playoff dissapointment for the 3rd straight year to the Cavs. A quote from Agent 0 himself "It is hard to defeat a team 3 straight years in the playoffs," "We know we can beat them it is a matter of going out there and doing it." I truly believe the Wizards are going to get revenge on the Cavs and this series will be prolonged due to the fact LeBron James is just that good and Big Z will hit clutch 3s at the end of the games.
Wizards in 6.
6. Raptors vs. 3. Magic- Dwight Howard is a beast. Just with that fact, he can turn around a bad game with just one dunk or an end of game block to seal the deal. Even though I like Chris Bosh and T.J. Ford, I do not think they have the firepower to keep up with faster Magic guards. These games will go down to the wire but I see the Magic keep on trucking.
Magic in 6.
7. 76ers vs. 2. Pistons- Here you go again Pistons fans, another try to get to the Eastern Conference Finals for a 7th Straight year. All that stands in front of you are the Sixers, Raptors and Magic. I love the defense you bring with Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton. My advice on this series? Well you should pick the Pistons because Andre Iguodala and Samuel Dalembert is not enough........The Sixers have not made it to the playoffs since the end of the Allen Iverson era, and don't expect them to do much.
Pistons in 5.
Other playoff predictions for the west and other determined matchups as they come out.