Cavs with the easiest path to the conference finals. First the depleted Wizards, then either inexperienced Toronto or a thin Nets team. And if they make it to the East finals, they might be lucky enough to face a tired banged up Detroit (or Miami or Bulls). Bulls really farked up and now have to face Miami, then Detroit, and then probably Lebron (or Nets) to get to the Finals. HIGHLY unlikely.
The 4 v. 5 tilts promising. Utah and Rockettes are pretty even. Should be fun to see Boozer and Chuck Hayes kill each other for rebounds. Juwan has to play acceptable D, or Boozer will go off (Expect Hayes to scrap his way into foul trouble). And how does Yao deal with Okur's 3 point shooting? Yao on Boozer, and a PF on Okur? Tmac needs this series to boost his career. Can start by taking better shots (he shot only around 42% on the season). A big op for Deron Williams, as Houston doesn't have much at PG.
Heat v. Bulls should be fun, but Ben Wallace has trouble with Shaq. And the Diesel is rested.
Other good subplots: Vince in Canada; Nellieball v. Mavs. Pietrus and Biedrins should be able to bother Dirk. Devin Harris has his work cut out for him versus Baron and Monta. I expect Monta Ellis to light it up at least one game. The Warriors just might come out and play. Otoh, I think Denver and Karl will go belly up against the Spurs.
Lastly, if Atlanta doesn't win one of the first 3 lotto spots, their pick will revert to Phoenix. Generally only one team outside the 3 worst records moves up. Likely that the Hawks will be giving the Suns the #5 pick. Hawks will have something like a 12% representation, for each of three drawings.
* no research was harmed in making this post
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