by Marcel Mutoni

Last night’s slate of 14 games concluded the 2008-2009 regular season. It’s now time for the real season to begin; this weekend, the march to the title starts.

And here are the opening round matchups:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Cleveland vs. Detroit
Boston vs. Chicago
Orlando vs. Philadelphia
Atlanta vs. Miami

WESTERN CONFERENCE

L.A. Lakers vs. Utah
Denver vs. New Orleans
San Antonio vs. Dallas
Portland vs. Houston

Thoughts, gripes, and predictions are welcome as always …