Golden State vs. New Orleans
First off, congrats to Anthony Davis and his Pelicans for clawing their way into the NBA playoffs! Golden State can and will stretch the floor against the Pelicans making it impossible to keep them under 110 points in any game. Davis will do his thing, but one player will not be able to tame these Warriors. Look for Tyreke Evans to emerge as a star player in this series being their wing stopper on defense and their dribble drive man on offense. Draymond Green will look to stymie his penetration making it hard for New Orleans to compete without stroking it from an extremely high percentage from outside the arc. I don’t like the chances that New Orleans gets a game here, but this should be a high scoring highlight reel series to watch!
Warriors win 4-0
Houston vs. Dallas
The battle of Texas! This should be the most intriguing match-up out west but can literally go anyway. i could see Rondo clamping down and showing the world why Dallas brought him in, Houston running up and down the floor and stroking it from 3-pt en route to a sweep and I could also see that efficient Dallas offense come back to life and give Rondo a front row seat to a playoff rout. But which one will happen? I think Houston is for real this year. They have wings that can guard in Trevor Ariza, Josh Smith and Corey Brewer and have an array of guys that can come in the game and give them an offensive punch. Couple that with my league MVP, James Harden, and you have an offensive masterpiece. Dwight should be Dwight here, whatever that is now-a-days, and I see the Rockets being too deep and too good on the offensive end for Dallas to handle
Rockets win 4-2
Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs
What a match-up here! Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will look to take the next step and win a big playoff series. This time they will have a third superstar to get it done with, DeAndre Jordan. I think the Clippers have a real chance to showcase their athleticism in this one and make it difficult for San Antonio to match-up. It will come down to whether LA can stop San Antonio in crunch time. I’m not so sure San Antonio matches up very well on the defensive end and the Clippers should have their way on the boards and in transition. The Clips can space the floor with shooters and also have two superstars that can take the ball and go isolation. I am going against the grain on this one and picking the Clippers based on their elite athleticism going against just the opposite. Farewell Tim Duncan!
Clippers win 4-3
Memphis vs. Portland
The Grizzlies, as the five seed, will actually hold the home court advantage in this one. Portland comes in banged up and what a shame, as this could have been one of the best series to watch. Memphis is tough down low and has an elite point guard defender to check Damian Lillard, that is if he is healthy. If Memphis can play with a healthy Tony Allen and Mike Conley, I think they take this one fairly easy. Look for LMA and Lillard to showcase their stuff, but with a beat up roster it just isn’t the year for these Trail Blazers. Memphis will bruise them inside and on the glass and have just enough transition game off of turnovers to win this one easily.
Grizzlies win 4-2