A whirlwind of a final day of the regular season. New Orleans is in, OKC is out (yeah, head-shaker I know). Brooklyn is in, Indiana is out. Before we get to the matches, let us know what you think. Which teams will win Round 1?
Wizards @ Raptors
On paper the Wizards starters are seriously good and balanced, but I hate their depth. The Raptors are a defense-first team with a defensive-minded coach. I am afraid this may come down to home court advantage. Raptors in 7.
Bucks @ Bulls
The Bucks are an up and coming team with a bright future under Jason Kidd. However, the Bulls are a playoffs-tested group of guys with or without a 100% Derrick Rose. Bulls have this matchup. The question, as our Tangent brought up, is -- can we rely on our Bucks picks? Bulls in 5.
Celtics @ Cavs
Congratulations to the Celtics for being rewarded for fighting to get into the playoffs, and they deserve it. And.. that's about it. Cavs in 4.
Nets @ Hawks
New York at least have a team in the playoffs. The Nets are only good on paper, and if what Paul Pierce said is true, they don't deserve this playoff slot ahead of the Pacers. The Hawks, on the other hand, is having their best one in years. Hawks in 5.
Blazers @ Grizzlies
The Grizzlies were supposed to be 2nd seed a week ago, but this 5th seed team will take their home court advantage against the 4th seed Blazers. Weird? Believe it. Look for some changes on the seeding next season. For now, the Blazers will have to live with that, and the injuries. Grizzlies' D in 5.
Spurs @ Clippers
The perfectionist Clippers are in for a ride. The Spurs, as always, have been playing great and are bringing that momentum into the playoffs. I am smelling another great Spurs run deep into the playoffs. Spurs in 6.
Mavs @ Rockets
The Mavs have yet to be consistent in their play, but if Playoff Rondo gets his cape on, I like their chances. James Harden will be a thorn on the Mavs' side, but if they can contain him, I like their chances even more. It will be a battle of analytics. You know me, Carlisle in 7.
Pelicans @ Warriors
I would have loved seeing Westbrook tear up Steph Curry, but hey this is Anthony Davis' time to shine. Enjoy him while this lasts, and see the future of the NBA show us what damage he can do. Warriors in 4.
Tomorrow, we get into our picks. But for now, it's impossible that you agree with me, so let me hear it in the comments. Fire!