(4) Boston Celtics vs (8) Philadelphia 76ers
The Sixers enter the second round for the first time since 2003 after knocking out the Rose less Bulls. Boston took out the Hawks in a tight six game series. Paul Pierce was a monster all series including a 36 point, 14 rebound effort in one of the wins. Andre Iguodala who is a hero in Philly after his series clinching free throws, is dealing with an Achilles injury that hopefully does not hamper him from a solid defensive effort against Pierce. Other than a dumb decision of bumping an official and getting a one game suspension, Rondo had a 17 point, 14 rebound, 12 assist triple double and did a tremendous job running the Celtics offense all series. The Sixers must do a better job on the glass, as they were out rebounded most of the series by Chicago and it wont get any easier with Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass. The match up the Sixers need to expose is Evan Turner against Avery Bradley, Turner has more size and a nice mid range game. Another thing that would be very beneficial to Philadelphia would be to run as much as possible and force the Celtics to get back. The experience and the rebounding of Boston will be too much for a young Sixer team who is playing with house money at this point.
Celtics in 6
(2) Miami Heat vs (3) Indiana Pacers
The Heat took care of the Knicks without barely breaking a sweat. The Pacers size and speed was too much for the Magic as they eliminated Orlando in 5 games. The Big 3 are one step closer to a title but will have to deal with a feisty Pacer team. The Pacers have the advantage in the front court with Roy Hibbert and David West, who man handled the Magic inside all series. An exciting match up will be Lebron James vs Danny Granger, both guys can spread the floor and are decent on the defensive end. Dwayne Wade should be able to expose Paul George, who is not as quick as him and an average defender. The Pacers bench is much better than Miami’s due to the depth and a scoring threat like the “Brazilian Blur” Leandro Barbosa. Miami has the experience and talent advantage, but if the Heat take Indiana lightly they could be in for a long series.
Heat in 6
Sixers in 7
Heat in 6
Celtics in 7
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