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Playoff Preview column archives.


June 11, 2012

Playoff Preview: 2012 NBA Finals

by Kevin Pelton

In a matchup we anticipated at the start of the season, the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder will meet in what should be an entertaining and competitive NBA Finals.

May 28, 2012

Playoff Preview: Heat-Celtics

by Bradford Doolittle

After briefly teetering against Indiana, Miami righted its ship in spectacular fashion. Meanwhile, the Celtics survived a seven-game brawl against the Sixers. Will Boston have anything left against the high-flying Heat?

May 25, 2012

Playoff Preview: San Antonio-Oklahoma City

by Kevin Pelton

In a matchup we've been anticipating since the start of the playoffs, the West's top two teams will meet with an NBA Finals berth on the line. How the Spurs and Thunder utilize small lineups could be a key factor to watch during this series.

May 15, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Preview: San Antonio-L.A. Clippers

by Kevin Pelton

The matchups and rankings on offense and defense of these two teams suggest a high-scoring series. Can the Clippers stop the Spurs enough to win?

May 14, 2012

Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City-L.A. Lakers

by Kevin Pelton

The L.A. Lakers have history on their side, but that's about it against a talented Oklahoma City Thunder team apparently built to match up with the Lakers.

May 12, 2012

Playoff Preview: Boston-Philadelphia

by Bradford Doolittle

In a matchup few thought we'd see, two classic rivals clash for a berth in the East finals.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Miami-Indiana

by Bradford Doolittle

The second Eastern Conference semifinal might not have the historical allure of Boston-Philadelphia, but the Heat and Pacers feature a fascinating contrast of styles.

April 29, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Boston-Atlanta

by Bradford Doolittle

This may be the last stand for the cores of both teams, as Boston and Atlanta battle to see who gets a shot at a suddenly less-cluttered path to the conference finals.

April 28, 2012

Playoff Preview: Chicago-Philadelphia

by Bradford Doolittle

The 1-8 matchup in the East features teams that take similar approaches, but have different degrees of success in reaching their aims.

April 27, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Memphis-L.A. Clippers

by Kevin Pelton

This matchup of the two relative newcomers to the Western Conference Playoffs features strength against strength when the Clippers' efficient offense meets Memphis' ballhawking defense.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: L.A. Lakers-Denver

by Kevin Pelton

In a surprisingly even 3-6 matchup, the outcome between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers may come down to which team wins close games.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City-Dallas

by Kevin Pelton

This rematch of last year's Western Conference Finals features teams that have gone in different directions over the last 11 months, making the Oklahoma City Thunder the clear favorite in this series.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: San Antonio-Utah

by Kevin Pelton

The success the Utah Jazz has enjoyed during the month of April with a big lineup could be a wild card in this series, but the San Antonio Spurs still appear to have the right pieces to control this 1-8 matchup.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Miami-New York

by Kevin Pelton

Both the Miami and the New York Knicks went through extreme ups and downs throughout the 2011-12 regular season, making it challenging to predict what to expect from this star-studded matchup.

Playoff Preview: Indiana-Orlando

by Bradford Doolittle

Orlando would have been in tough spot even with Dwight Howard, but now that he's out, does the Magic have a prayer against the Pacers?

May 31, 2011

Premium Article Playoff Preview: 2011 NBA Finals

by Kevin Pelton

The Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat have both used impressive balance and consistent fourth-quarter success to reach the NBA Finals. Who will have the advantage as they meet?

May 17, 2011

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Dallas-Oklahoma City

by Kevin Pelton

The Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder have already overachieved compared to expectations entering the playoffs. Which one will take the next step and reach the NBA Finals?

May 15, 2011

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Chicago-Miami

by Bradford Doolittle

The first installment of what may be the NBA's next great rivalry begins on Sunday.

May 2, 2011

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Chicago-Atlanta

by Bradford Doolittle

Will the top-seeded Bulls have an easier time with the Hawks than they did with the Pacers in the first round? In a word ... yes.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: L.A. Lakers-Dallas

by Kevin Pelton

An overdue matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers could turn on Dallas' ability to get scoring from sources besides Dirk Nowitzki.

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