The 2014-15 NBA Playoffs get started this weekend and it will be a long struggle for the next two months as the top teams from both the Eastern and Western Conferences will go at it for the NBA title.
The defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs have been red hot down the stretch and may very well be the team to beat once again despite their sixth-seed status in the West.
The Golden State Warriors had the best record in the league this season (67-15) and are the top seed in the Western Conference while the Atlanta Hawks (60-22) led the Eastern Conference this year.
The match ups will no doubt be up for grabs in the rugged West bracket while it appears the Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers (number-two seed in the East) will likely meet each other to advance to the finals in June.
One thing is for sure, the NBA Playoffs will be exciting once again this spring just as they were a year ago when the Spurs captured their fifth NBA title in a five game series win over the Miami Heat.
For a more detailed look at the first round match ups, the following
offers a capsule style preview with predictions for the remainder of the
post-season and NBA Finals as well.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets - The Nets have been hot down the stretch and the Hawks have some injuries to deal with entering the post-season. Pick- Hawks in SIX GAMES
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics - This should be over in a hurry as LeBron and company are gearing for a deep playoff run. Pick- Cavs in FIVE GAMES
Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks - The Bucks go from worst to playoffs in one year, but that's as far as they go. Pick- Bulls in FOUR GAMES
Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards - This series could go either way. Pick- Wizards in SEVEN GAMES
Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans - Stephen Curry and the Warriors will not be denied by the Pelicans. Pick- Warriors in FOUR GAMES
Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks - The Mavericks could spring a surprise on the Rockets. Pick- Rockets in SEVEN GAMES
Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs - This series might go down to the wire. Pick- Spurs in SIX GAMES
Portland Trailblazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies - The Grizzlies and Blazers both have been perennial playoff failures in recent seasons, so something has to give here. Pick- Grizzlies in SEVEN GAMES
The Heftyinfo predictions for the rest of the NBA Playoffs . . . . . . .
Atlanta over Washington in five games
Cleveland over Chicago in six games
Golden State over Memphis is six games
San Antonio over Houston in six games
Cleveland over Atlanta in six games
San Antonio over Golden State in six games
San Antonio Spurs over Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games