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2012 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round Results

Philadelphia pulled off a major upset against an injured team, but how far can this run take them? (upload.wikimedia.org)

That was a thrilling first round. We saw a #8 seed upset a #1 for the second year in a row, New York briefly stopped their historic playoff losing streak and a pair of Game 7s matching up with two sweeps out West. That will be sure to make a big difference in the next round.

But for the last round, it was easy enough to pick most of the winners. The 76ers were the biggest surprise, of course, and a minority of experts picked the Clippers, but there were no other surprises. It was more difficult overall to pick the lengths of series, but there were still a good amount of successful picks there.

So what does that mean for all our panelists? The standings are very close; in fact, everyone is within four points of each other. And most are even closer than that. So check below for the results, and check back later for the next round’s selections.

Name Aryeh Edward John Josh Nick Stephen
Bulls vs
76ers
Winner Bulls Bulls Bulls Bulls Bulls Bulls
Series
Length
-4- 5 -4- 5 5 -4-
Heat vs
Knicks
Winner Heat Heat Heat Heat Heat Heat
Series
Length
6 5 5 6 7 5
Pacers vs
Magic
Winner Pacers Pacers Pacers Pacers Pacers Pacers
Series
Length
5 -4- 5 5 5 -4-
Hawks vs
Celtics
Winner Celtics Celtics Celtics Celtics Celtics Celtics
Series
Length
6 6 7 5 6 7
Spurs vs
Jazz
Winner Spurs Spurs Spurs Spurs Spurs Spurs
Series
Length
5 4 6 5 5 5
Thunder vs
Mavericks
Winner Thunder Thunder Thunder Thunder Thunder Thunder
Series
Length
7 6 5 7 5 6
Lakers vs
Nuggets
Winner Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers
Series
Length
6 6 7 5 6 6
Grizzlies vs
Clippers
Winner Clippers Grizzlies Grizzlies Clippers Grizzlies Grizzlies
Series
Length
7 7 5 7 7 5
Total Points 17 16 15 16 15 13

Table Legend:

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

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