Thursday, April 16th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  37 responses

82-Game Grind Comes to an End

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:


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


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

Thoughts, gripes, and predictions are welcome as always …

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  • Bear

    Let the REAL games begin

  • Syk

    First? It’s been a great season so far hopefully the playoffs are even better.

  • thebigticket05

    Celtics all the way…..sorry clevland it aint gunna happen

  • Clockwork

    Portland – Houston is gonna be cool…

    And so is Atlanta – Miami

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Wow… is that really how things ended up? This is like, the best matchups one could possible hope for!
    Cleveland over Detroit, five games
    Boston over Chicago, seven games
    Orlando over Phili, six games
    Atlanta over Miami, six games

    LA over Utah, four games
    Denver over New Orleans, seven games
    Dallas over San Antonio, six games
    Portland over Houston, six games

  • Ken

    I’m hoping Houston wins in the first round, just to spite T-Mac.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Wow, these are like, all great freaking matchups!

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Jukai- You going to copy and paste that now?
    I got I wanted (kinda)- only problem is playing the Lakers in the 2nd round. Either them or the Jazz…

  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Andy

    Sorry, Jukai, I know the Lakers seem to hold some kind of voodoo over the Jazz, but four games? LA over Utah in six, I say.

    Cleveland over Detroit – four games
    Chicago over Boston – seven games (oh yeah, I went there)
    Orlando over Philly – five games
    Atlanta over Miami – seven games
    New Orleans over Denver – seven games
    San Antonio over Dallas – seven games
    Portland over Houston – seven games

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    KG’s going to miss at least the first round. Celtics are toast.

  • ab_40

    why do y’all say chi is gonna take boston to 7? they have no inside scoring options none. a shoot happy small forward a far too short 2 guard and a rookie point guard. the two starting bigs don’t even know what a jump shot is nor a crossover that series will be over in 5 or less

    Cleveland Detroit 4-2
    Atlanta-Miami 4-1 JO is gonna be on the best poster of the season trust me on this one
    Boston- Chicago 4-1
    Orlando – Philly 4-2… Phi has no closers what so ever

    La – utah 4-1
    Portland- Houston 3-4 with artest hitting the game winner to ensure a big pay day this summer
    Denver-New Orleans 4-2 carmelo anthony finally get’s it and hits at least two game winning shots with 26 8 and 4 averages for the series
    San Antonio – Dallas 4-2 tony parker versus jason kidd and jj barea? seriously? he’s gonna average at least 30 ppg Dirk will be a problem for the spurs but TD is a bigger one for the mavs. JT can’t guard mason and mason can’t guard JT

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Hursty: Please do!

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    Adam Baker, is that you?

  • AlbertBarr

    Garnett is out likely for the entitre playoffs…I think Chi can take it in 7 if Garnett is out. Dirk and J terry are gonna upset the spurs and if Denver plays like they did last night, CP3 and the Hornets will upset that series as well. D-Wade is gonna take down some hawks, the Magic are Gimpy so I just dont know about them, Cleveland is finals bound and the only way they aren’t 100% going to see the lakers there is if somehow LA and Portland hav to meet…that would be an interesting series…LA would most likely win but they would definitly have a battle.

  • AlbertBarr

    But I think Chairman Yao really wants to make the second round…he is why they will…or wont

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Atlanta over Miami in 7
    Cleveland over Detroit in 5
    Magic over 76ers in 6
    Celtics over Bulls in 7

    Spurs over Dallas in 6 (TP vs Kidd: nuff said)
    Lakers over Jazz in 5
    Denver over New Orleans in 6
    Portland over Houston in 7

    Wow, There are some really great matchups here, the only teams that will cruise are IMO the Cavs and Lakers, veryone else will have to play well and fight to win.

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    Hawks/Heat: Miami in 6
    Cavs/Pistons: Cavs in 6
    Magic/Sixers: Magic 5
    C’s/Bulls: Boston in 5 (with our without KG)
    Spurs/Mavericks: Spurs in 6
    Lakers/Jazz: Lakers in 5
    Denver/Hornets: Denver in 7
    Portland/Houston: Blazers in 6

  • Edmond

    Hawks/Heat- Heat in 6
    Cavs/Pistons- Cavs in 5
    Magic/Sixers- Sixers in 7
    Celts/Bulls – Bulls in 6
    Spurs/Mavs – Mavs in 6
    Lakers/Jazz – Lakers in 5
    Denver/Hornets – Denver in 6
    Port/Hous – Port in 5

  • http://www.jcherot.blogspot.com Tripset30

    @ all the posters saying the Mavericks will lose because Jason Kidd can’t guard Tony Parker…

    Who stops Dirk?
    Who stops Jet?
    Who can stay in front of JJ Barea?
    How can the Spurs honestly replace Manu?

    The Mavs are more athletic and have more players who can create opportunities. What saves the Spurs it that the Mavs are a bad road team for whatever reason, but I still say Dallas is six.

    Check out my blog for my predictions.

  • ENDS

    Atlanta – Miami = Hawks in 6
    Cavs – Pistons = Cavs in 7
    Orlando – 76ers = Magic in 6
    Celts – Bulls = Celts in 6

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero dma

    blazers over 76ers in 6! WOO

  • vmcb

    Cleveland in four
    Boston in six
    Orlando in six
    Miami in seven

    L.A. Lakers in five
    Denver in seven
    Dallas in seven
    Portland in six

    No Raptors and no Suns in the postseason means I have become a Portland fan.

  • Nosebleed Seats

    1st Round:
    CLE over DET – 5 games
    ATL over MIA – 6 games
    ORL over PHI – 6 games
    BOS over CHI – 6 games

    LAL over UTAH – 4 games
    POR over HOU – 7 games
    DAL over SA – 6 games
    NO over DEN – 6 games

    Conf. Semis:
    CLE over ATL – 4 games (maybe 5)
    ORL over BOS – 6 games

    LAL over POR – 5 games
    NO over DAL – 6 ganes

    Conf. Finals:
    CLE over ORL – 6 games

    LAL over NO – 5 games

    NBA Finals:
    LAL over CLE – 6 games

  • Nosebleed Seats

    I hate the way this is formatted…to make a long story short, LeBron loses to Kobe in 6 games.

  • phil

    “JT can’t guard mason and mason can’t guard JT”

    Lol, Roger Mason.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Lakers over Jazz in 5
    Nuggets over Hornets in 6
    Dallas over Spurs in 7
    Blazers over Rockets in 7 Cavs over Detroit in 4
    Boston over Chicago in 5
    Orlando over Phili in 6
    Miami over Atlanta in 7
    Most exciting series: Heat/Hawks – Wade kicking ass and Beasley beasting
    Blazers/Rockets – youth vs. experience
    Nuggets/Hornets – CP3 vs. Chauncey Billups

  • Tavoris

    it’s crazy that seeds 2-8 in the West are all pretty interchangeable….and seeds 4-8 in the east are too.

    There’s no way the Bulls are beating the Celtics-even without KG. I see that series goign five games at the most. The Bulls still have a problem with two players called RA and PP to try to contain. And Rondo’s quickness is probably the worst nightmare that Rose will ever see in April.

  • Josh D

    Lakers over Jazz in six
    Nuggets over Hornets in five
    Spurs over Mavs in six
    Blazers over Rockets in Six
    Cavs over Pistons in seven
    Boston over Bulls in six
    Miami over Atlanta in six
    Orlando over sixers in six
    By the way guys Spurs may not have Manu but that doesn’t mean that they’ll get beaten by the Mavs, The regular season series was tied at 2 this time around and one of those Spurs wins was without TD and Ginobili

  • Josh D

    Who Stops Dirk? Bruce Bowen does

  • truthteller

    NBA Finals: Lakers and Cavs. People, let’s stop acting like this isn’t going to happen.

  • Superman Osman

    ab_40, two words Garnett Out! And ya I see Big Baby ownin Brad Miller or Juakim on the post. PLEASE! I’m optimistic for a first time in nearly a decade. Still in reality though, Boston have an edge, but now you can’t put that Bulls suprise factor out. Just like an injured reigning world champion Miami Heat…the irony is nearly hilarious.

  • http://www.lamarcusaldridge.com/aldridge/index Dean [The Best]

    Blazers are gonna dominate Rockets
    end of story

  • clapzilla

    The Nuggets Have No Excuse Not To Get The The West Finals. They’ll Put Up A Good Fight Against Hollywood, But The Closer They Get To Beating Them The Closer We Get To A Bennett Salvatore Controversy. Cleveland Should Bounce Hollywood In 5 Games.

  • clapzilla

    Actually, Houston And Denver Have A Decent Chance At Getting Out of The West No Matter How Much People Are Hype Up Hollywood. It Won’t Matter Much Because Cleveland Is Gonna Take The Finals In 5 No Matter Who They Face.

  • Klemperer

    Lebron will get the MVP, but Kobe’s crushing him in the finals.

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com nba-jersey-king

    For me, as a Miami Heat fan, the 82 games were great compared to last year

  • yesman

    LeBron and the Cavs will get manhandled in the finals by Kobe and the Lakers. No Vaseline!!!