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NBA Playoff Predictions: Round 1

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

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1. Miami Heat vs. 8. Milwaukee Bucks

The reigning NBA champions should have a pretty easy time sweeping a Bucks team that just doesn’t match up well with them.

2. New York Knicks vs. 7. Boston Celtics

Carmelo Anthony has moved himself into the elite group of NBA players this year by carrying the Knicks all season long but Boston is a tough veteran team that is much better than a normal seventh seed.

3. Indiana Pacers vs. 6. Atlanta Hawks

Free agent-to-be Josh Smith will have a chance to audition for a huge contract but he and Al Horford will have to work together to stop Roy Hibbert and a very scrappy Pacers team.

4. Brooklyn Nets vs. 5. Chicago Bulls

If Joakim Noah were healthy this could be different but a Brooklyn team that has underachieved but is loaded with talent should be able to advance.

1. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. 8. Houston Rockets

Basketball fans will be delighted to see James Harden take on his former team but the Thunder are way too talented to lose a best of seven series.

2. San Antonio Spurs vs. 7. Los Angeles Lakers

The Spurs may be the deepest team in the league and don’t loose anything when their big three are on the bench but if Dwight Howard makes the Lakers his team an upset may be in the making.

3. Denver Nuggets vs. 4. Golden State Warriors

Not having one true star will eventually hurt the Nuggets in the playoffs but in the first round they should be able to handle the defensively-challenged Warriors.

4. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

The guard-oriented Clippers and forward-oriented Grizzlies will meet in an incredibly interesting first round game that may go the distance.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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