As we enter the second round of the NBA playoffs, we ask the panel who will move on and who has the best chance of dethroning the defending champion Miami Heat.
1. Who will win the OKC/Memphis series and in how many games?
Josh Haslam: With Westbrook out I don’t even see OKC winning one. Memphis in 4
Roury McDermott: Durant will rise to the occasion and lead them to the conference finals. OKC in 7
Luke McDermott: Durant needs help but doesn’t have it. Memphis too good all-around. Memphis in 7
2. Who will win the GSW/Spurs series and in how many games?
Josh: Curry is a stud but the Spurs are just too good. Spurs in 6
Roury: Spurs are better, period. Spurs in 5
Luke: This is going to be the most entertaining series. Warriors are too young and inexperienced without Lee. Spurs in 6
3. Who will win the Pacers/Knicks series and in how many games?
Josh: This should be the best series to watch of the four and hopefully the history brings a lot of physicality. Pacers in 7
Roury: Home court advantage is huge in this series and Carmelo is stepping up this year. Knicks in 6
Luke: Pacers will make the Knicks work for it, but the Knicks have too many shooters. If Granger was healthy maybe it’d be different. Knicks in 6
4. Who will win the Miami/Chicago series and in how many games?
Roury: I really believe the Bulls will get one. Game 1 in Miami and then lose the next 4. Miami in 5
Luke: Not intriguing matchup at all. Bulls too many injuries, Miami too much firepower. Heat in 4
5. What team left has the best chance against Miami?
Josh: Memphis, big and physical. Plays solid defense and could seriously give Miami fits.
Roury: Spurs have a legitimate chance to take down Miami when they get there.
Luke: At this point the Spurs have the best chance. They have the experience and veteran know-how to get things done. Watch out for Memphis though as they could also give the Heat fits as well.