PBT’s NBA playoff previews — the first round

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There is going to be a first-round upset. One of the top four seeds somewhere — probably in the deep Western Conference, but Boston may be a little nervous — is going to get beat.

To help you better understand what is about to happen this weekend, we present ProBasketballTalk’s NBA Playoff previews for the first round. All eight series broken down with stats and knowledge so you can decide for yourself where that upset is coming from. We throw in some predictions for free. Because we’re nice like that.

Read, enjoy, and refer back during series, because the first round drags out so long you’ll forget a lot of what happened when the teams take five days off between games at one point.


No. 1 Chicago Bulls vs. No. 8 Indiana Pacers

No. 2 Miami Heat vs. No. 7 Philadelphia 76ers

No. 3 Boston Celtics vs. No. 6 New York Knicks

No. 4 Orlando Magic vs. No. 5 Atlanta Hawks


No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies

No. 2 Los Angeles Lakers vs. No. 7 New Orleans Hornets

No. 3 Dallas Mavericks vs. No. 6 Portland Trail Blazers

No. 4 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 5 Denver Nuggets