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May 1, 2011

Playoff Preview: Miami-Boston

by Bradford Doolittle

James. Pierce. Wade. Garnett. Bosh. Allen. Rondo. The names say it all as LeBron and Dwyane prepare to topple the team the couldn't beat on their own.

April 30, 2011

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City-Memphis

by Kevin Pelton

The Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder have crashed the NBA's conference semifinals. Which one of them will continue their run to the Western Conference Finals?

April 15, 2011

Premium Article Playoff Preview: L.A. Lakers-New Orleans

by Kevin Pelton

With David West out of the lineup, the Los Angeles Lakers' physical superiority in the paint is going to be difficult for the New Orleans Hornets to overcome.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Orlando-Atlanta

by Dan Feldman

All the metrics favor the Magic, but the Hawks won the season series. What gives?

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Boston-New York

by Bradford Doolittle

The new-look Celtics take on the new-look Knicks in what will likely be the most-watched series of the first round. It seems like the Knicks will be able to score, but can they keep the Celtics from doing the same?

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Chicago-Indiana

by Bradford Doolittle

The team with the NBA's best record takes on the only squad to make the playoffs with a losing record. Is it as big of a mismatch as it seems?

Premium Article Playoff Preview: San Antonio-Memphis

by Kevin Pelton

Though the San Antonio Spurs have been the NBA's best team for most of the season, the Memphis Grizzlies enter the postseason having played better basketball since the trade deadline. Could that possibly translate into an upset?

April 14, 2011

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City-Denver

by Dan Feldman

Midseason trades transformed both the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets for the better. That should result in a competitive, entertaining opening-round series.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Miami-Philadelphia

by Bradford Doolittle

In the eyes of many, the Heat underachieved in the regular season. The Sixers, on the other hand, accomplished far more than was the preseason consensus. Does Doug Collins' upstart crew actually stand a chance?

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Dallas-Portland

by Kevin Pelton

Everyone in the Western Conference seemed to want to play the Dallas Mavericks. The Portland Trail Blazers will get that opportunity. Can they parlay it into a first-round upset?

June 1, 2010

Playoff Preview: 2010 NBA Finals

by Kevin Pelton

Breaking down the matchups as the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers get set to square off in the NBA Finals, while also wondering just how much the regular season now tells us about these two teams.

May 16, 2010

Playoff Preview: L.A. Lakers-Phoenix

by Kevin Pelton

After finally excising rival San Antonio, the Phoenix Suns will look to continue their run in the Western Conference Finals while the L.A. Lakers look for a third consecutive conference crown.

Playoff Preview: Orlando-Boston

by Bradford Doolittle

Orlando and Boston hook up in a re-match of a terrific playoff season last season, but this time, both teams have their full rosters with which to work.

May 5, 2010

Playoff Preview: Orlando-Atlanta

by Bradford Doolittle

Can the Hawks overcome Orlando's dominant defense? Regular-season evidence suggests not.

May 3, 2010

Playoff Preview: Phoenix-San Antonio

by Kevin Pelton

The matchup between the Suns and the Spurs is loaded with playoff history, but since both teams have changed the personnel around their cores, those past series may not tell us much about what will transpire this time around.

May 2, 2010

Playoff Preview: L.A. Lakers-Utah

by Kevin Pelton

For the third time in as many seasons, the Utah Jazz and L.A. Lakers will face off in the playoffs. This time, Utah had the better regular-season point differential, but advantageous matchups and home-court advantage should make the difference for the Lakers.

May 1, 2010

Playoff Preview: Cleveland-Boston

by Bradford Doolittle

A lot of star power will be on display, as the Cavaliers and Celtics hook up for the big postseason series we thought we were going to get last season.

April 17, 2010

Playoff Preview: Dallas-San Antonio

by Kevin Pelton

As Texas rivals square off in the opening round for the second consecutive year, the Spurs boast the superior point differential but Dallas holds home-court advantage. Which edge will prevail?

Playoff Preview: Denver-Utah

by Bradford Doolittle

The losers in the mad scramble for good seeds in the West will try to make the best of things in a series that may come down to the respective health of the teams.

April 16, 2010

Playoff Preview: Cleveland-Chicago

by Bradford Doolittle

The Cavaliers have been pointing to the postseason ever since they lost last season's Eastern Conference finals to Orlando. Conversely, the Bulls had to battle injuries and adversity right to the end of the regular season just to keep playing. Will Derrick Rose have anything left for LeBron and company?

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