1. Miami Heat over 5. Chicago Bulls 4-1
Why: Despite pulling it off against the Nets, the Bulls are too hurt to do much against the Heat. They will try to bully them and make it as hard as possible, but the Heat are too good.
2. New York Knicks over 3. Indiana Pacers 4-2
Why: Indiana struggles big time on the road. Mike Woodson needs to put Carmelo at the 3 to keep him away from David West, who injured his shoulder a few weeks ago. Knicks need to defend home-court advantage and they’ll win.
5. Memphis Grizzlies over 1. Oklahoma City Thunder 4-2
Why: The Thunder struggled to put the Rockets away without Russell Westbrook. The Grizzlies came back strong to knock off the Clippers and have a monster size advantage with Zach Randolph and Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol over Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins. Durant will get his buckets but will not have much help.
2. San Antonio Spurs over 6. Golden State Warriors 4-1
Why: The old Spurs had a full week off after sweeping the Lakers. I like the Warriors and Stephen Curry is a superstar. I just think Parker, Duncan, and Manu will be too much for the young Dubs.