Cleveland Cavaliers (1) VS. Chicago Bulls (8)
Regular Season Series: Series tied (2-2)
The Cleveland Cavaliers can be expected to sweep this series. Why? They have the best player in the NBA today: LeBron James. And he is hungry for a title.
Not only is James surrounded by the core he had with him in last season's playoffs, the Cavs added Anthony Parker and Antawn Jamison to bolster their chances to finally capture that ever elusive NBA title.
Antawn Jamison's acquisition will be felt most in the playoffs as he becomes the third prong in the Cavaliers' offensive trident, helping Mo Williams and LeBron put up those much needed points on the board. His match-up at power forward against Chicago rookie, Taj Gibson, will be a key factor to Cavs' succes.
Shaquille O'Neal has been cleared to play for the Cavaliers in the post season. He missed several weeks of action due to a major injury to his thumb.
His and Zydrunas Ilgauskas' return will be a critical step in the right direction if Cleveland will want to defend the likes of Dwight Howard or even possibly Pau Gasol further down the line.
Chicago will be relying heavily on its cornerstone tandem of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. They're not quite the same team that gave us that nail-biting series with the Boston Celtics last year.
John Salmons and Tyrus Thomas are now with different teams. Noah is also not 100% after suffering through a bout of planar faciitis for a big chunk of the season.
Chicago does not have the same depth nor does it have the necessary tools to deal with its opposing superstars. If they do manage to pull off an upset, it will have to a feat that is nothing short of stunning.
Orlando Magic (2) VS. Charlotte Bobcats (7)
Regular Season Series: Orlando Magic won (3-1)
There aren't any centers in the NBA that are as close to be as dominating as Dwight Howard. He will be the focal point of the Magic's offense, like he has been for most of the regular season.
WORDS BY: ERIK ONG