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DenButsu
03-20-2011, 10:29 AM
There is now a pretty wide division in both conferences between the 1-4 seeds and the 5-8 seeds. There will certainly still be some shifting within those sub-groupings, but it seems highly unlikely that Atlanta (5th) or lower will overtake Orlando (4th), or that Denver (5th) or lower will overtake OKC (4th).


Which of the 5-8 seeds do you see advancing to the second round or beyond?


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Some matchups or situations are extremely probable:


-Atlanta (5) vs. Orlando (4)

-New York (6) and Philly (7) battle it out for those 6/7 seeds, with neither claiming the 4th or falling to the 8th

-The top 3 seeds in the East are a toss-up

-San Antonio (1) essentially has the 1st seed locked up

-The 2-4 seeds and 5-8 seeds in the West are a toss-up



Here are the current standings:


EAST W L PCT GB
1 x - Boston 49 19 .721 -
2 y - Chicago 49 19 .721 -
3 x - Miami 48 22 .686 2
4 x - Orlando 44 26 .629 6
5 Atlanta 39 30 .565 10*
6 New York 35 33 .515 14
7 Philadelphia 36 34 .514 14
8 Indiana 30 40 .429 20
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Charlotte 28 41 .406 21*
Milwaukee 27 41 .397 22




WEST W L PCT GB
1 x - San Antonio 56 13 .812 -
2 LA Lakers 49 20 .710 7
3 Dallas 48 21 .696 8
4 Oklahoma City 45 23 .662 10*
5 Denver 41 29 .586 15*
6 Portland 40 29 .580 16
7 New Orleans 40 31 .563 17
8 Memphis 38 32 .543 18*
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Utah 36 33 .522 20
Houston 36 34 .514 20*
Phoenix 34 33 .507 21

Young and Stupid
03-20-2011, 10:40 AM
I really believe the Blazers are a dark-horse this season; I could see them upsetting the Mavericks in the first-round. It's a good matchup for Portland and you can never sleep on a team with the ability to feed off of the crowd like the Blazers do.

If Roy can come in (under limited minutes) and provide a spark I am of the opinion that the Blazers will beat the Mavericks in the first-round.

DenButsu
03-20-2011, 10:44 AM
I really believe the Blazers are a dark-horse this season; I could see them upsetting the Mavericks in the first-round. It's a good matchup for Portland and you can never sleep on a team with the ability to feed off of the crowd like the Blazers do.

If Roy can come in (under limited minutes) and provide a spark I am of the opinion that the Blazers will beat the Mavericks in the first-round.

If that last game was any indication, it sure as hell will be a fun series to watch.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
03-20-2011, 10:55 AM
Denver for sure

roshan3ai
03-20-2011, 10:57 AM
Hopefully New York and Denver!

ManRam
03-20-2011, 11:05 AM
I don't think any from the East can do it. I think Philly could push a series vs. Miami or Orlando to a few extra games...but that's it.

I think Denver or Portland could certainly make a series against OKC or Dallas interesting.

Minimal
03-20-2011, 11:05 AM
I see Portland beating Dallas and maybe Denver beating OKC in West. In the East none teams gonna go to 2nd round, maybe only 76ers will show some competition.

Sly Guy
03-20-2011, 11:30 AM
none. Sorry, in the year before a new CBA, this is a 'haves and have nots' season. Only 6 teams realistically have a chance of winning it all.

mzgrizz
03-20-2011, 11:31 AM
It would take a miracle for Memphis to get past the Spurs, but hey! I can dream............

justinnum1
03-20-2011, 11:34 AM
put the poll as multi choice

Antipod
03-20-2011, 11:41 AM
I think that Denver can pull up an "upset"

aperichak
03-20-2011, 11:53 AM
None....NBA is too top heavy in each conference...But there's a way to fix that.
First Round goes to a best of 3 series
Second Round goes to a best of 5 series
And the Conference and NBA Finals stay at 7.

This makes the NBA Playoffs more interesting....

NYYCowboys
03-20-2011, 11:57 AM
In the west it could literally be anyone.

ManRam
03-20-2011, 12:04 PM
In the west it could literally be anyone.

You think New Orleans could beat the Lakers?

Avenged
03-20-2011, 12:07 PM
Currently, the Mavs are in 3rd place. They would face the Blazers, so I'm going to say the Blazers will advance to the 2nd round.

barreleffact
03-20-2011, 12:16 PM
If Portland defeats the Mavs, What do you think that means for round 2, Portland vs LA?

JDink24
03-20-2011, 12:16 PM
76ers!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Kobe24-TJ19-
03-20-2011, 12:21 PM
If Portland defeats the Mavs, What do you think that means for round 2, Portland vs LA?

then it śhould be easy for LA

BIG DREW
03-20-2011, 12:26 PM
LA cant guard young athletic players and especially young athletic wing players like gerald wallace

Cano4prez
03-20-2011, 12:28 PM
Portland

barreleffact
03-20-2011, 12:42 PM
then it śhould be easy for LA

How do you figure? They barely beat portland in portland earlier this year before the Wallace trade and with a hobbled Roy(if he played. I dont remember). They have a history of tough games with them at portland as well. How could it be easy at all? Gerald wallace regularly beat them in charlotte as well with a much worse team.

Hoopsadvocate
03-20-2011, 12:46 PM
Whatever team plays the mavs.

Gram
03-20-2011, 12:46 PM
The Pistons will sweep the Bulls. lol.

UKblazers
03-20-2011, 12:51 PM
Dallas hasn't been able to guard Aldridge in the 3 games we have faced them,so i say Portland has a decent chance with roy back and the addition of wallace.

Wilson
03-20-2011, 12:51 PM
Miami vs. New York would be a true shoot out, I could see New York stealing that one. I think it would go seven games either way.

lakers4sho
03-20-2011, 01:22 PM
Whatever team plays the mavs.

:laugh2:

As funny as it sounds, this is probably spot-on.

JordansBulls
03-20-2011, 02:15 PM
I think Denver has the best shot.

Evolution23
03-20-2011, 02:21 PM
I may sound like a homer but Knicks could upset anyone in the playoffs except the Celtics. WE don't know what they are capable off if they can get their **** together in the next 15 games.

KnicksorBust
03-20-2011, 02:24 PM
Lakers-Celtics-Spurs are all as strong as ever. Thunder have distanced themselves from the middle level teams with the Perkins move. The Bulls have too much talent and chemistry to lose to a .500 team in a 7 game series. The Magic are up and down but they own the Hawks. I can't see any of those teams going down. The Heat have issues and Melo has done well against LeBron in the past. The Mavericks have a history of choking in the playoffs and are going against a very good Blazers team. I suppose you could make a case for Portland or New York but this is not the year of the upset.

ElMarroAfamado
03-20-2011, 02:49 PM
from the West whoever ends up playing the Spurs.
from The East whoever ends up playing The Heat.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
03-20-2011, 03:00 PM
How do you figure? They barely beat portland in portland earlier this year before the Wallace trade and with a hobbled Roy(if he played. I dont remember). They have a history of tough games with them at portland as well. How could it be easy at all? Gerald wallace regularly beat them in charlotte as well with a much worse team.

Portland Can't win in LA but we can in Portland

NBA-GMaster
03-20-2011, 03:04 PM
NY in east(they really need to improve defense) and Blazers in west(Aldridge,Batum and Matthews have been impressive this midseason)..