1 v. 8
Honestly, does it really matter which team
The Mavs have their big time shooter in Dirk Nowitzki. Josh Howard may be over looked at times, but he provides nearly 20 points a game and 7 rebounds. Jason Terry provides a constant 3-point threat on the perimeter. Eric Dampier provides a rebounding and shot blocking presence in the lane. And Devin Harris just doesn’t make mistakes at point guard. More than anything
Though its not necessarily related to their success,
Prediction: Mavericks 4-0
2 v. 7
Wow. This series seems fun even if the Lakers are running out the likes of Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic, Andrew Bynum, Brian Cook, and Vladimir Radmanovic to surround Kobe Bryant. This also sets up a battle of the reigning 2 time MVP Steve Nash and the player many though deserved the award, Kobe Bryant.
Let’s get this out of the way.
3 v. 6
San Antonio v.
While Denver’s Allen Iverson experiment seems to finally be catching hold, San Antonio just seems to have “been there and done that” in the playoffs. The Spurs have the post season experience that is so crucial in a seven game set. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Bruce Bowen, Brent Barry, Robert Horry, Beno Udrih, and Manu Ginobili all have a significant number of playoff games under their belt. And while Iverson has led a team to the finals, he is hardly considered a “leader” on the team.
The Nuggets definitely have talent. They have two of the top scorers in the NBA with Iverson and Carmelo Anthony. Marcus Camby is a solid rebounder but Steve Blake and Reggie Evans are likely not talented enough to carry
Prediction: Spurs 4-1
4 v. 5
While the match up is definite, home court advantage is still up in the air. And really, any advantage in this anticipated series is crucial. This seems to be the most evenly matched of all the opening round series.
Each team has their set of favorable match ups.
The Jazz are also running out second year point guard Deron Williams. This may be the biggest advantage for the Jazz. Williams has turned into a very solid NBA guard and
The Rockets, however, counter with arguably 2 of the top 10 players in the Western Conference in Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming. You can barely stop one and you just can’t stop both on any given night. Okur will most likely draw the match up with
Prediction: Rockets 4-2