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2010 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: Round 3

Now that Krypto-Nate is on Boston's side, can they defeat Superman this time around? (Jim Rogash / Getty Images)

The Celtics are on a very improbable mission to win a title. They managed to steal home-court advantage from the Cavs twice en route to eliminating them, and now must deal with the Magic. Five of our experts still think the Celtics can’t summon any magic of their own, though three think they’ll push the series to seven games.

Out west, the Lakers are favored by the same 5/7 ratio, but nobody thinks the series will go beyond six games. With an NBA Finals rematch likely, only Andrew is desperate enough for points to go for the Celtics and Suns. And only Erikk is hoping to beat L.A. again.

As usual, correct series winners earn two points while correct series lengths earn one point. But it’s not over yet. With only one series to guess in the final round, a special surprise is in store for everyone. Before then, check below to see how everyone thinks the 3rd Round will pan out:

Name Andrew Brian Erikk John KC Mike P Teddy
Magic vs
Celtics
Winner Celtics Magic Celtics Magic Magic Magic Magic
Series
Length
6 5 6 5 7 7 7
Lakers vs
Suns
Winner Suns Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Suns
Series
Length
6 5 6 5 6 6 6
Total Points 20 22 20 19 23 22 19

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Round 2

Name Andrew Brian Erikk John KC Mike P Teddy
Cavaliers vs
Celtics
Winner Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers
Series
Length
7 5 7 6 7 7 7
Magic vs
Hawks/Bucks
Winner Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic
Series
Length
5 5 6 6 5 6 5
Lakers vs
Jazz
Winner Jazz Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Jazz
Series
Length
7 7 6 6 7 6 7
Suns vs
Spurs
Winner Suns Suns Spurs Suns Spurs Spurs Suns
Series
Length
6 7 7 7 6 6 6
Total Points 20 22 20 19 23 22 19

Table Legend

  • Two point picks are bolded.
  • One point picks are italicized.
  • Zero point picks are crossed out.

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Round 1

Name Andrew Brian Erikk John KC Mike P Teddy
Cavaliers vs
Bulls
Winner Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers
Series
Length
-4- 6 -4- -4- 5 -4- 6
Magic vs
Bobcats
Winner Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic
Series
Length
4 5 5 5 6 5 7
Hawks vs
Bucks
Winner Hawks Hawks Hawks Hawks Hawks Hawks Hawks
Series
Length
5 5 5 -4- 7 5 5
Celtics vs
Heat
Winner Celtics Celtics Celtics Heat Celtics Celtics Celtics
Series
Length
6 7 7 5 7 6 5
Lakers vs
Thunder
Winner Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers
Series
Length
5 6 -4- 6 6 6 7
Mavericks vs
Spurs
Winner Spurs Mavericks Mavericks Mavericks Mavericks Spurs Mavericks
Series
Length
7 6 6 5 7 7 6
Suns vs
Trailblazers
Winner Suns Suns Suns Suns Suns Suns Suns
Series
Length
5 6 5 7 6 7 5
Nuggets vs
Jazz
Winner Nuggets Nuggets Jazz Nuggets Jazz Jazz Nuggets
Series
Length
6 6 6 7 6 6 6
Total Points 16 16 16 12 19 18 15

Table Legend

  • Two point picks are bolded.
  • One point picks are italicized.
  • Zero point picks are crossed out.

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