Match-up's (top 16 by NBA regular season record)
Cavs vs. Rockets
Magic vs. Bobcats
Lakers vs. Heat
Suns vs. Thunder
Nuggets vs. Spurs
Hawks vs. Blazers
Jazz vs. Celtics
The Eastern conference has Cleveland and Orlando, two championship caliber teams with padded records thanks to weaker competition in the East. The road to the Western conference final will be a gauntlet.
Actual 2010 Playoff match-ups
Eastern conference- 1st round
Cavs vs. Bulls: Cavs take care of business and squash the Bulls like a bug on the sidewalk.
Celtics vs. Heat: The Celts far from elite, but D-Wade doesn't have the support to beat Boston. Celts move on.
Hawks vs. Bucks: Bucks don't have a chance without Bogut nor an answer for Jamal Crawford.
Magic vs. Bobcats: Cats will put up a good fight, but Magic are the deepest team in the league. It will be interesting to see Captain Jack do his thing in the playoffs again.
Eastern conference semi-finals
Cavs vs. Celtics: Cavs will expose the Celtics as old and on the decline. Why not make LeBron guard Rondo? The Celts go as far as Rondo will take them, but it won't be past the Cavs.
Magic vs. Hawks: The Hawks don't have an answer for Dwight Howard, but who does? Magic will be in the conference finals.
Easter conference final
Cavs vs. Magic: It's inevitable, the cream will rise to the top. This series will make for great basketball and a very difficult pick... I gotta go with the Magic again, but it will have to on the back of Dwight Howard.
Easter Conference winner: Orlando Magic
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