Eastern Conference: Detroit Pistons vs. Miami Heat
It will be power vs. power, in this one.
Detroit plays relentless defense and scores just enough to pull out the close ones. If they let Shaq have his points and shut down the rest of the team, they will have the edge.
Miami has Shaq, but the big question is his health. How close he is to a hundred percent will be the determining factor. If he plays like he did when he was healthy this year and gets the others involved in the scoring, then give the edge to Miami.
Western Conference: San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns
This will be a match that will pit defense vs. offense.
The Spurs play defense with similar style as the Pistons. Tim Duncan is the leader offensively but has a cast of others that can score too. If they can keep the Suns in the 70s or 80s, they have a chance. Defense will be what wins it for San Antonio.
The Suns run and gun you to death. They are relentless scoring machines with the MVP Steve Nash as the leader. You can throw any and every thing at them and they just get stronger. They are like the Energizer bunny, they just keep going and going. They will have to wear the Spurs down with their speed and agility.
An added note to this year's NBA playoffs is how things have changed over the years:
Who would have thought that all three Texas teams would have made the playoffs in basketball, with neither of the two NFL teams making theirs?