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First round of the NBA Playoffs has been settled and here’s a look at the remaining teams battling it out in the Semifinals of the NBA:

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Western Conference

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs (5) Portland Trailblazers

Regular Season:
11/02/2013 @ Portland
Blazers win over Spurs (115 – 105)

01/17/2014 @ San Antonio
Blazers win over Spurs (109 – 100)

02/19/2014 @ Portland
Spurs win over Blazers (109 – 111)

03/12/2014 @ San Antonio
Spurs win over Blazers (103 – 90)

Key Matchups:
(SA) Tony Parker vs (POR) Damian Lillard

Why Spurs Would Win

  • Defense
  • Experience
  • Coaching
  • Bench Productivity

Why Blazers Would Win

  • Offense
  • Breakout performances from Aldridge and Lillard

Prediction: Spurs in 7 Games


(2) Oklahoma Thunder vs (3) Los Angeles Clippers

Regular Season:
11/13/2013 @ Los Angeles
Clippers 111 – Thunder 103

11/21/2013 @ Oklahoma
Thunder 105 – Clippers 91

02/23/2014 @ Oklahoma
Clippers 125 – Thunder 117

04/09/2014 @ Los Angeles
Thunder 107 – Clippers 101

Key Matchups:
(LAC) DeAndre Jordan vs (OKC) Serge Ibaka

Why Thunder Would Win

  • Clippers does not have a good matchup against Kevin Durant
  • Impressive performance from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook
  • Steve Adams mess with Blake Griffin on defense

Why Clippers Would Win

  • Blake Griffin is a nightmare matchup for Thunder
  • Chris Paul would outplay Russell Westbrook
  • Clippers bench scoring

Prediction: Clippers in 6 Games


 

Eastern Conference

(1) Indiana Pacers vs (5) Washington Wizards

Regular Season
11/29/2013 @ Indiana
Pacers 93 – Wizards 73

01/10/2014 @ Indiana
Pacers 93 – Wizards 66

03/28/2014 @ Washington
Wizards 91 – Pacers 78

Key Matchups:
(IND) Paul George vs (WAS) Bradley Beal

Why Pacers Would Win

  • Deliberate Offense
  • Coaching
  • Inside Play

Why Wizards Would Win

  • Fastbreak
  • Capitalize on Pacers slump
  • Defense

Prediction: Wizards in 6 Games


(2) Miami Heat vs (6) Brooklyn Nets

Regular Season
11/01/2013 @ Brooklyn
Nets 101 – Heat 100

01/10/2014 @ Brooklyn
Nets 104 – Heat 95

03/12/2014 @ Miami
Nets 96 – Heat 95

04/08/2014 @ Miami
Nets 88 – Heat 87

Key Matchups:
(MIA) Lebron James vs (BKN) Paul Pierce

Why Heat Would Win

  • Lebron plays at a different level on the playoffs
  • Stifling small ball defense
  • Experience

Why Nets Would Win

  • Capitalize on regular season success
  • Resurgence of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the playoffs
  • Balanced scoring

Prediction: Heat in 5 Games

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Emanuele Venturoli
Emanuele Venturoli
A graduate in Public, Social and Political Communication from the University of Bologna, he has always been passionate about marketing, design and sport. Even before finishing his studies, he started working in sports marketing and discovered the importance of everything outside the playing field. Since 2012 he has been with RTR Sports, where he is now Head of Communication and Marketing Officer for projects related to Formula 1, MotoGP and the best of other two- and four-wheel motor sports.
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