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2011 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round

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The playoffs are here. The first round is filled with all sorts of match-ups, from pushovers to intriguing fights. Everything starts with Chicago and Indiana, which should be over with fairly quickly. With the postseason started, and Boston set to square off with New York Sunday, us here at SoB are here to give you our selections for the first round. Picking the series winner and how many games the series will last is worth two and one points respectively.

From the opinions gathered, the East will present no surprises, as all top four seeds are unanimous picks to move on. The only question is how long it will take them, which is in general agreement. Out West, the Lakers should win rather easily, while the Spurs and Thunder are also heavily favored. By far, the most divided series is between Dallas and Portland. It is thought to be a lengthy series, with the win up for grabs, despite Dallas’ home-court advantage.

Yes, it’s shaping up to be a fun first round, so enjoy it with us, and check below to see everyone’s thoughts on how it will turn out.

Name Andrew Brian M Derek Erikk Jared John KC Nicholas
Bulls vs Pacers Winner Bulls Bulls Bulls Bulls Bulls Bulls Bulls Bulls
Series Length 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5
Heat vs 76ers Winner Heat Heat Heat Heat Heat Heat Heat Heat
Series Length 5 4 4 5 5 4 6 5
Celtics vs Knicks Winner Celtics Celtics Celtics Celtics Celtics Celtics Celtics Celtics
Series Length 6 6 5 5 6 5 6 6
Magic vs Hawks Winner Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic
Series Length 7 6 6 7 7 6 7 7
Spurs vs Grizzlies Winner Grizzlies Spurs Spurs Spurs Spurs Spurs Spurs Spurs
Series Length 6 4 4 6 5 5 5 4
Lakers vs Hornets Winner Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers
Series Length 5 6 4 5 5 5 5 4
Mavericks vs Trail Blazers Winner Trail Blazers Trail Blazers Mavericks Mavericks Trail Blazers Mavericks Mavericks Trail Blazers
Series Length 7 7 6 7 6 7 7 6
Thunder vs Nuggets Winner Thunder Thunder Thunder Thunder Thunder Thunder Thunder Nuggets
Series Length 6 7 6 6 6 7 6 7

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