Apr 2, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (right) high fives with point guard Raymond Felton (2) and point guard Jason Kidd (5) during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. New York won 102-90. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Eastern Conference Playoff Predictions

Here is a look at the playoff teams in the Eastern Conference as of today. Seeding is still being determined, but these are the eight teams that are in.

Eastern

W

L

PCT

GB

CONF

DIV

HOME

ROAD

L 10

STREAK

Miami

58

16

0.784

0.0

33-11

12-1

32-4

26-12

8-2

L 1

New York

47

26

0.644

10.5

31-13

10-6

27-10

20-16

9-1

W 9

Indiana

48

27

0.640

10.5

30-16

12-3

29-8

19-19

8-2

W 5

Brooklyn

42

31

0.575

15.5

29-14

9-4

22-14

20-17

5-5

L 2

Atlanta

42

33

0.560

16.5

27-19

11-5

24-13

18-20

6-4

W 2

Chicago

40

33

0.548

17.5

29-14

9-6

21-16

19-17

5-5

L 1

Boston

38

36

0.514

20.0

24-20

7-7

25-11

13-25

3-7

L 2

Milwaukee

36

37

0.493

21.5

23-23

7-9

20-18

16-19

4-6

W 1

As it stands, these will be the match-ups in the first round of the playoffs :

  • Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks
  • New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics
  • Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls
  • Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks

Make it known that I am picking Miami to win the East and to repeat as NBA Champions, but if there is a team in the East that poses as a threat, it is the New York Knicks. Luckily for the Heat, the addition of Chris “Birdman” Anderson has improved their play at the center position, that was easily the biggest question of the team early in the season.

Carmelo Anthony is on an unreal scoring streak, recently taking over the league’s lead in points per game over Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant. New York spaces the floor with dead-eye shooters and can kill teams from behind the arc. Also, their defense has been better during their winning streak. Although I think Boston is a bad match-up for the Knicks, the Knicks would win this series in no more than six games.

Indiana and Chicago would probably be the most competitive series in the first round. Both teams pride themselves on defense, rebounding, and toughness. Without Derek Rose, Chicago has played surprisingly well this season, despite struggling a bit as of late. The Roy Hibbert vs. Joakim Noah match-up could play a big part in who would win this series. Indiana may be the third best record in the conference, but this series is up for grabs. With that said, I’m picking the Pacers in six or seven games.

Brooklyn and Atlanta is the last match-up to debate. Neither team is elite so regardless of who wins this series, their season will end in the second round. To Brooklyn’s credit, they went out and spent a lot of money last off-season to change the franchise, and they had a successful season. Atlanta has quietly had a very strong season as well, playing themselves into the fifth seed. Josh Smith and Al Horford are match-up nightmares. With that said and the improvement of Jeff Teague, I expect Atlanta to take this series.

All teams have less than ten games remaining, but seeding could still change. This is all hypothetical, but if the season ended today, these are my playoff predictions.

 

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