With the Hawks in the process of blowing out Miami in Game 7, the conference semifinals are all but set in stone. I’ll give my second round picks in a second, but first it’s time for a quick recap of my first round picks.
To recap, I’m using the scoring system from TrueHoop blogger Henry Abbott’s Stat Geek Smackdown. The scoring system is 5 points for each correct series winner, plus 2 points if you get the number of games correct.
Cleveland over Detroit in 5 = 5 points
Boston over Chicago in 4 = 5 points
Orlando over Philadelphia in 6 = 7 points
Atlanta over Miami in 7 = 7 points
Los Angeles over Utah in 5 = 7 points
Denver over New Orleans in 7 = 5 points
San Antonio over Dallas in 6 = 0 points
Portland over Houston in 6 = 0 points
Round 1 total = 36 points
The two Western conference series that I missed surprised me. In retrospect, I’m mad at myself for not taking Houston with the experience edge they had over Portland. But I definitely didn’t see Dallas knocking off the Spurs, especially in such easy fashion. I also should’ve taken that Cavs sweep, but I gave Detroit too much credit for past success.
Moving on to round two, I remain very confident that the Lakers and Cavaliers will have little trouble advancing. The other two series have more question marks. My picks are as follows:
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Cleveland over Atlanta in 5
Boston over Orlando in 7
Western Conference Semifinals
Los Angeles over Houston in 5
Denver over Dallas in 6
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