Thought this should have it's own thread. One of the best times of the year for sports IMO. The regular season, which is much too long, is over and now all the teams can and will bring it every night. It makes for better games when everyone can give it their all for 48 minutes and they don't have to pace themselves. The East is a little more interesting than prior years. The last decade or so have featured a Lebron team and then 1 or at most 2 other strong teams out East and then a bunch of scrubs. It's gotten a little more "middle" heavy this year yet the problem is I can't take the #2 seed Toronto that seriously until they show any sign of life in the playoffs. Even if they play up to their ability they would be big underdogs vs. Cleveland. 6 years ago the law of averages would say no way in hell Lebron makes 6 straight finals but since he has made 5 it's tough to see an upset this year. The Pacers, Bulls, and Celtics of a few years ago were better teams than what the Cavs are up against this year. But due to more teams being decent I figure the 1st and 2nd round matchups could be tougher than the average matchups Lebron has had in years past. There are some interesting matchups though: Miami-Charlotte, Hawks-Celtics, and Raps-Pacers all could be good. I'd like to see Miami and old man Wade make a bit of a run and I feel that they do have a chance at making the ECF. Out West it is more top heavy. Golden State is the big favorites obviously. For OKC and SA to win the West they will have to beat each other and Golden State while GS only has to go through one of them. That, and the fact they are obviously better than both teams to begin with is a huge edge. I don't see the Clips being able to make the 2nd round interesting if they get there. It might be interesting since the teams hate each other but that's about it. I don't see any good first round matchups, maybe Clippers vs. Blazers only because LA is wacky and have repeatedly shown they can snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory in quite amazing fashion. I do think OKC has a decent chance vs. San Antonio. I usually get my upset pick wrong but I will make it anyways and say OKC wins that series or at least it wouldn't surprise me. I think if Leonard can come close to canceling out KD the Spurs win but if not OKC definitely has a good chance. Finals Prediction: Warriors over Cavs in 5.