With the NBA Play-Offs starting on the 16th of April 2011 (well, 17th for us :)) along with the fact that the Eastern Conference first round matches have been locked in.. it’s time to put some thoughts down.
In the past I didn’t really find the Eastern Conference that interesting. But with the post-All Star weekend trades and drama around the league.. It’s going to be a hell of a play-off this year!
So the seeding 1 to 8 are:
- Chicago Bulls (last season ^ 8th seed)
- Miami Heat (last season v 5th seed)
- Boston Celtics (last season ^ 4th seed)
- Orlando Magic (last season v 2nd seed)
- Atlanta Hawks (last season v 3rd seed)
- New York Knicks (last season -no seed-)
- Philadelphia 76ers (last season -no seed-)
- Indiana Pacers (last season -no seed-)
Match-ups and thoughts are:
CHI-Bulls v IND-Pacers
Season Series: CHI-IND
I don’t think there’s too much to say here to be honest (and unless you’re a Chicago hater/Indiana lover you’d probably agree!). Bulls are entering this looking very strong and motivated, the jump from 8th seed in the ’10 play-offs to 1st seed is not by chance. Chicago to win 4-1.
MIA-Heat v PHI-76ers
Season Series: MIA-PHI
Would be nice to see the Heat knocked out by the 76ers; food for thought. I’m tempted to say 4-1 win for the Heat, but I’ll give the 76ers a bit more credit. Heat to win 4-2.
BOS-Celtics v NYK-Knicks
Season Series: BOS-NYK
I’d love to see the Knicks advance through further in the play-offs, especially with the likes of Melo, Chauncy and STAT. But the way they’ve been on/off and the fact that Boston has swept the season series doesn’t help my confidence too much. Feel sorry for Chauncy! Don’t worry, you’ve had a taste of championship before :). Celtics to win 4-1.
ORL-Magic v ATL-Hawks
Season Series: ORL-ATL
Interesting that the Magic have lost the season series; suppose they’ve been up/down this season too. I think for first round series in the Eastern Conference this match-up will be the one to watch out for. Magic to win 4-3.
And now we wait.. !