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DenButsu
04-21-2009, 12:53 AM
Fill in the blanks (eg, "Denver: Dallas" if you think the Nuggets have a better shot against the Mavs, or "Denver: San Antonio" if you think they match up better against the Spurs).


Cleveland: _______________
Detroit: _______________

Atlanta: _______________
Miami: _______________

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Orlando: _______________
Philadelphia: _______________

Boston: _______________
Chicago: _______________

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L.A. Lakers: _______________
Utah: _______________

Portland: _______________
Houston: _______________

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San Antonio: _______________
Dallas: _______________

Denver: _______________
New Orleans: _______________

sargon21
04-21-2009, 10:47 AM
Fill in the blanks (eg, "Denver: Dallas" if you think the Nuggets have a better shot against the Mavs, or "Denver: San Antonio" if you think they match up better against the Spurs).


Cleveland: ________Cleveland_______
Detroit: _______________
Cleveland
Atlanta: _______________
Miami: __________Atlanta_____

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Orlando: _______________
Philadelphia: ____________Philly___

Boston: _______________--------------Chicago----------Cleveland
Chicago: _________Chicago______

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L.A. Lakers: ___________LAL____
Utah: _______________
------- LAL------------LAL
Portland: ____________Port___
Houston: _______________

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San Antonio: _______SA________
Dallas: _______________
-------------Denver
Denver: _______Denver________
New Orleans: _______________

Cleveland wins it all

DenButsu
04-21-2009, 11:18 AM
Cleveland wins it all

I should ban you for that.













(^That's a joke, of course. But in fact, it was a fail post).

JordansBulls
04-21-2009, 11:20 AM
Cleveland: _Miami______________
Detroit: _Miami______________

Atlanta: _Detroit______________
Miami: _Detroit______________

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Orlando: __Chicago_____________
Philadelphia: __Chicago_____________

Boston: __Sixers_____________
Chicago: _Sixers______________

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L.A. Lakers: _Portland______________
Utah: __Houston_____________

Portland: __LA Lakers_____________
Houston: _LA Lakers______________

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San Antonio: __Denver_____________
Dallas: _Denver______________

Denver: _Dallas______________
New Orleans: _Dallas______________


Well for the Lakers I'm not sure who is really better for them. Portland beat them twice this year and it is difficult for LA to win there. Portland has the size to deal with LA upfront and they got an elite guard in the backcourt to go at Kobe.


Houston is probably a better matchup for LA. Houston's problem is the 1st round, if they win against Portland they don't have to worry about that anymore and they can just play. Houston has the size up front for sure to deal with LA and to put pressure on their big men. They have two different elite defenders that can guard Kobe as well. Only problem with Houston is do they have enough scoring? If Artest is shooting 40% and lower then forget it.




For the Nuggets, I would think Dallas. Nuggets haven't beaten the Spurs yet in a series.


For the Hornets, I would say the Mavericks easily


For the Spurs it would be the Nuggets

For the Mavericks it would be the Nuggets



For the Cavs it would be the Heat. Miami doesn't have enough weapons.

For the Hawks it would be the Pistons obviously


For the Magic it would be Chicago

For the Sixers it would be Chicago

For the Celtics it would be the Sixers

For the Bulls it would be the Sixers

DenButsu
04-21-2009, 11:24 AM
Okay, since everyone's afraid to play, I'll go first.


Cleveland: Miami
Detroit: Atlanta

Atlanta: Detroit
Miami: Detroit

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Orlando: Chicago
Philadelphia: Chicago

Boston: Philly
Chicago: Philly

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L.A. Lakers: Houston
Utah: Portland

Portland: Utah
Houston: Utah

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San Antonio: Denver
Dallas: New Orleans

Denver: Dallas
New Orleans: San Antonio


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That final chunk of the bracket was part of my point in posting this.

DenButsu
04-21-2009, 11:25 AM
Okay, since everyone except for JB is afraid to play, I'll go second.

Had to fix my own post there. :cool:

Fool
04-21-2009, 11:54 AM
I should ban you for that.













(^That's a joke, of course. But in fact, it was a fail post).

you actually should ban him for that.


I respect opinions, but there is a time and a place, especially since that isn't what the thread is asking.

A matchup that I DON'T want to see is Portland and LA. I'm hoping that Houston wins that series because I think the Lakers will have an easier time with the Rockets than the Trailblazers. However, the playoffs are not the regular season, and I'm sure the Lakers will turn it up on the road.

bahama0811
04-21-2009, 12:01 PM
Cleveland: Atlanta
Detroit: Does it matter?

Atlanta: Detroit
Miami: Detroit

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Orlando: Chicago
Philadelphia: Chicago

Boston: Philly
Chicago: Philly

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L.A. Lakers: Houston
Utah: Portland

Portland: Lakers
Houston: Utah

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San Antonio: NOLA
Dallas: NOLA

Denver: Dallas
New Orleans: San Antonio

USMCLaker
04-21-2009, 12:35 PM
Any team not named Blazers would be breezy that being said the Title should not come easy bring on all rivals!!!

Hawkalicious
04-21-2009, 01:24 PM
Cleveland: Atlanta


I would like you to explain this, or support your argument. Reason being, the Hawks are 1-2 against Cleveland this year, and the two losses are by 1 and 6 points.

bahama0811
04-21-2009, 01:32 PM
I would like you to explain this, or support your argument. Reason being, the Hawks are 1-2 against Cleveland this year, and the two losses are by 1 and 6 points.

Actually, Atlanta was 1-3 against Cleveland this year. They got beat twice in Cleveland and once in Atlanta. Cleveland was also 3-1 against Miami. If I was Cleveland I'd want to stay away from D-Wade and Miami. Atlanta just wouldn't scare me as much.

Atlanta lost by 1,6 and 14. They won by 5.

Hawkalicious
04-21-2009, 01:52 PM
Actually, Atlanta was 1-3 against Cleveland this year. They got beat twice in Cleveland and once in Atlanta. Cleveland was also 3-1 against Miami. If I was Cleveland I'd want to stay away from D-Wade and Miami. Atlanta just wouldn't scare me as much.

Atlanta lost by 1,6 and 14. They won by 5.

My mistake on that, was just thinking off the top of my head. Thanks

bahama0811
04-21-2009, 04:14 PM
My mistake on that, was just thinking off the top of my head. Thanks

No worries. I think both teams are good, you just gotta pick your poison.

SteveNash
04-21-2009, 06:06 PM
Cleveland: Miami
Detroit: Miami

Atlanta: Detroit
Miami: Detroit

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Orlando: Boston
Philadelphia: Chicago

Boston: Philly
Chicago: Philly

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L.A. Lakers: Portland
Utah: Portland

Portland: Utah
Houston: Utah

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San Antonio: New Orleans
Dallas: New Orleans

Denver: Dallas
New Orleans: Dallas

JordansBulls
04-21-2009, 06:53 PM
Cleveland: Miami
Detroit: Miami

Atlanta: Detroit
Miami: Detroit

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Orlando: Boston
Philadelphia: Chicago

Boston: Philly
Chicago: Philly

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L.A. Lakers: Portland
Utah: Portland

Portland: Utah
Houston: Utah

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San Antonio: New Orleans
Dallas: New Orleans

Denver: Dallas
New Orleans: Dallas

Why would Boston be a better matchup for Orlando than Chicago?

chicago lulz
04-21-2009, 07:10 PM
Cleveland: Miami
Detroit: Miami

Atlanta: Detroit
Miami: Detroit

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Orlando: Chicago
Philadelphia: Chicago

Boston: Philly
Chicago: Philly

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L.A. Lakers: Portland
Utah: Portland

Portland: Utah
Houston: Utah

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San Antonio: New Orleans
Dallas: New Orleans

Denver: Dallas
New Orleans: Dallas

DenButsu
04-21-2009, 07:17 PM
One thing I'm curious about is why so many Lakers fans fear Portland so much more than Houston. I understand they've struggled in the Rose Garden, but the importance of great defense (and Houston's got it) really increases in the playoffs, the Rockets seem to have really hit a great stride, and 'm not convinced that these teams' season series are accurate indicators of what might happen in the postseason in this case.

I put Houston for the Lakers based largely on the fear of the Rose Garden and frontcourt size, but I'm second guessing that call now.