|Notes and Observations Week 15: Patriots Blow Out Dolphins 41-13; Clinch AFC East||Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Defense, Special Teams Carry Home Team||Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 15||Right Idea? Red Sox Bring in Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Justin Masterson|
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.
|Bulls vs Pacers||Winner||Bulls||Bulls||Bulls||Bulls||Bulls||Bulls||Bulls||Bulls|
|Heat vs 76ers||Winner||Heat||Heat||Heat||Heat||Heat||Heat||Heat||Heat|
|Celtics vs Knicks||Winner||Celtics||Celtics||Celtics||Celtics||Celtics||Celtics||Celtics||Celtics|
|Magic vs Hawks||Winner||Magic||Magic||Magic||Magic||Magic||Magic||Magic||Magic|
|Spurs vs Grizzlies||Winner||Grizzlies||Spurs||Spurs||Spurs||Spurs||Spurs||Spurs||Spurs|
|Lakers vs Hornets||Winner||Lakers||Lakers||Lakers||Lakers||Lakers||Lakers||Lakers||Lakers|
|Mavericks vs Trail Blazers||Winner||Trail Blazers||Trail Blazers||Mavericks||Mavericks||Trail Blazers||Mavericks||Mavericks||Trail Blazers|
|Thunder vs Nuggets||Winner||Thunder||Thunder||Thunder||Thunder||Thunder||Thunder||Thunder||Nuggets|