Now...there are so many playoff previews out there. They can provide you with facts, figures and stats bursting out of body cavities stats never meant to be stuffed into. It can be overwhelming.
So you won't get that here.
I'm serving up heaping helpings of truth pie. Throw on a scoop of ice cream, heat it up in the microwave, and enjoy.
Pacers-Bulls: According to Danny Granger, this was Indy's preferred matchup. Because if you stop Derrick Rose, you stop the Bulls, right? And the Pacers are going to stop him. Yep. I'm sure that's how it's gonna go down. Bulls in 5.
Sixers-cHeat: The Sixers spent the entire season digging out of a 4-13 hole only to lose five of their last six games and earn a first round matchup with the cHeat. All that work for a first round sweep. It's kinda sad. cHeat in 4.
Knicks-Celtics: Last year, the Celtics staggered into the playoffs like their hearts had been ripped out Mola Ram-style. And the way they finished the season had a lot of people picking the then-Heat (now cHeat) to upset them in the first round. Instead, the Celtics rose from their stupor and took care of business. New York is gonna get the same treatment. Look, I don't care how many points the Knicks score...if you can't keep somebody from punching you in the face repeatedly, you're going to get knocked the hell out. No defense. No Celtics in 5.
Hawks-Magic: I almost want to give this series "Upset Special" status. But did you see how bummed out the Hawks looked over their last several games. It's like the reality of Joe Johnson's contract finally sunk in. Magic in 7.
Grizzlies-Spurs: Memphis tanked down the stretch so they could play the Spurs. They were obvious about it, too. And the popular thing to say about the Griz right now is "they can beat anybody." You know what, thought? They can also lose to anybody. And they will. Spurs in 6.
Hornets-Lakers: Could the Lakers have lucked into a better matchup? David West is out and Chris Paul is dragging around a dead leg. That's right: Choking down the stretch of the season actually helped them. Freakin' Lakers. L.A. in 4.
Frail Blazers-Mavericks: This season, the Mavs extended their streak of 50-win seasons to 11. And I predict that they will also extend their streak of first round exits to four out of the last five years. Blazers in 6.
Nuggets-Thunder: Oklahoma City has become the popular pick for "The Team Most Likely To Knock Off The Lakers." I'm not buying it. But I do think they're going to bring Denver's excellent post-'Melo run to a screeching halt. As the Rockets have shown us repeatedly over the past few years, a plucky spirit and can-do attitude will take a team only so far. In Denver's case, "only so far" is a first round playoff exit. Thunder in 6.