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By Jon Loomer

A crazy thing happened after I predicted last week that Minnesota, based on games played during the first three weeks of the PFC Playoffs, would reach the PFC Finals: They lost. This from Christopher Anderson, the owner of the PFC Timberwolves:

I'd like to thank Loomer for continually heaping jinx-ful praise on my T-wolves. But for the bulletin-board material he gave the other teams, I'm sure that I'd have waltzed to victory on the back of more 2 point, 6 rebound performances from Jeff Foster.

First, Loomer graciously and forebodingly gave me an A on my draft. Which lead to an early CVill injury and ineffectiveness, molasses-out-of-the-gate games from Jameer, and a mid-season bench-role for Livingston. So much for my top-notch player evaluation skills.

So, having made the playoffs, you can imagine my joy when Loomer predicted a strong championship run for Minny. I mean, certainly his careful ruminations on my team's Games Played advantage would mean unending success and dominance. Not to mention that Earl Boykins was back!

My bad, Chris. I am shocked that Denver pulled it off. Minnesota had 25 games played last week, more than any team in the league. Denver had 22. To be honest, despite the fact that this result put an end to my projected PFC West Champ's run, it was good to see the team with the better talent win. We go on and on (ok, I go on and on) about how lucky Head-to-Head is. For once, talent won over frequency.

It also helped Denver that we had a tie-breaker in place. The two teams actually tied 4-4, but the team with the better regular season record advanced. In this case, it was Denver.

Now what? Well, Washington (my PFC East favorite) is still alive. Utah is also still alive, and they -- like Minnesota -- have a games advantage. And so, I am slightly altering my prediction.

This week, I'll keep the predictions going and project the winners in this week's match-ups. We'll be a little more scientific this week and simply use stats from the past 30 days, apply over the week's games played, and come out with our winners. Here we go...

Eastern Conference Semifinals

Games played are even in the first match-up, and talent will stand tall. It's amazing that Miami made it this far without Dwyane Wade. Even so, nothing is impossible here. Most categories project to be close, so don't stick a fork in Miami just yet.

Games played favors Washington by two, which could be the difference in the second match-up. Otherwise, Atlanta would win this with an even-up games comparison, and would also take the game in the event of a tie since they have the better regular season record.

Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat

Indiana Pacers

Player FG% FT% Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM
Salim Stoudamire .500 .857 29 4 4 1 0 3
Manu Ginobili .438 .859 63 18 15 4 2 9
Mike Dunleavy .500 .727 61 22 10 4 2 3
Luol Deng .520 .867 78 26 14 5 3 0
Jermaine O'Neal .434 .778 76 34 6 3 7 0
Bostjan Nachbar .468 .745 34 14 3 2 1 5
TOTAL .474 .809 341 118 53 19 14 20

Miami Heat

Player FG% FT% Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM
Jason Hart .429 .714 20 7 8 5 0 1
Cuttino Mobley .436 .907 44 11 8 5 1 5
Tayshaun Prince .510 .763 62 21 7 4 3 3
Udonis Haslem .441 .660 36 31 3 3 0 0
Mehmet Okur .423 .691 64 28 9 2 1 4
Eddie Jones .458 .857 47 18 10 5 1 8
TOTAL .453 .747 272 115 46 25 7 21

Team FG% FT% Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM TOT
Indiana Pacers 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 6
Miami Heat 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2

Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks

Washington Wizards

Player FG% FT% Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM
Gilbert Arenas .401 .867 110 17 25 8 2 11
Luther Head .404 1.000 34 10 10 4 0 7
Stephen Jackson .388 .780 37 8 15 3 1 3
Antonio McDyess .580 .667 46 28 5 3 4 0
Mark Blount .467 .618 40 22 2 2 2 1
Jason Terry .585 .844 82 12 22 4 1 10
TOTAL .461 .813 350 97 78 23 10 32

Atlanta Hawks

Player FG% FT% Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM
Andre Miller .494 .850 40 12 21 4 0 0
Randy Foye .420 .929 42 8 12 3 0 2
Marvin Williams .476 .887 39 18 5 2 1 1
Elton Brand .493 .716 56 31 12 2 6 0
Zydrunas Ilgauskas .521 .895 44 28 6 2 6 0
Raja Bell .435 .727 56 10 9 2 1 10
TOTAL .473 .824 276 106 64 16 15 13

Team FG% FT% Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM TOT
Washington Wizards 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 4
Atlanta Hawks 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 4

Western Conference Semifinals

Sacramento is the only team remaining with a sub-.500 regular season record. Anything can happen, baby. Just make the playoffs and cross your fingers. Utah was hurt badly by the early week injury to Garbajosa (ok, "badly" may be an exaggeration, and no one was hurt more by the injury than the injured -- ugly), which will cost them three games. Even so, Utah has a signficant advantage. Sacramento needs to win the percentages and three-pointers to have a shot. Once again, the tie-breaker is not Sacramento's friend.

Denver plays two more games than Dallas, and they'll need each one to get past the league's third best team during the regular season (the best was Portland, who was eliminated last week, followed by Miami). This match-up will likely be determined by Points and Steals. If Denver can pull them off, they should advance.

Utah Jazz vs. Sacramento Kings

Utah Jazz

Player FG% FT% Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM
Jason Kidd .357 .636 33 23 31 5 0 4
J.R. Smith .477 .667 34 9 7 4 1 6
Ricky Davis .435 .902 75 20 20 4 2 8
Carlos Boozer .560 .636 79 50 10 4 1 0
Nene .603 .721 52 35 8 5 4 0
Jorge Garbajosa .411 .611 8 4 1 1 0 1
TOTAL .487 .714 282 140 77 23 8 19

Sacramento Kings

Player FG% FT% Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM
Rajon Rondo .380 .628 26 20 19 7 0 0
Daniel Gibson .355 .333 17 10 8 0 1 4
Josh Smith .456 .728 56 26 11 4 10 2
Donyell Marshall .455 .800 28 12 3 2 2 5
Tyson Chandler .672 .625 40 38 3 2 7 0
Mike Bibby .448 .817 42 6 9 3 0 7
TOTAL .461 .691 208 112 52 18 20 18

Team FG% FT% Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM TOT
Utah Jazz 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 7
Sacramento Kings 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

Denver Nuggets vs. Dallas Mavericks

Denver Nuggets

Player FG% FT% Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM
Tony Parker .494 .784 71 13 23 5 0 0
Monta Ellis .495 .750 47 8 12 6 0 1
Carmelo Anthony .453 .778 98 23 12 4 1 2
Al Jefferson .559 .615 78 46 8 5 6 0
Ben Wallace .478 .415 29 44 15 7 7 0
Andrew Bynum .586 .500 18 15 3 1 4 0
TOTAL .496 .677 342 150 72 28 18 3

Dallas Mavericks

Player FG% FT% Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM
Baron Davis .478 .836 57 12 20 7 1 5
Matt Carroll .467 .889 45 11 4 2 0 5
Kyle Korver .427 .971 43 9 4 3 1 5
Dirk Nowitzki .496 .881 96 37 15 2 4 4
Andris Biedrins .573 .625 29 30 3 3 4 0
T.J. Ford .431 .900 62 14 36 8 2 1
TOTAL .474 .865 331 112 82 24 12 20

Team FG% FT% Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM TOT
Denver Nuggets 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 5
Dallas Mavericks 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3

PFC Miami will struggle to move much further without Wade.
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Overall Records

Eastern Conference

CENTRAL W L T
Indiana Pacers - x 83 73 4
Detroit Pistons 82 75 3
Cleveland Cavaliers 77 80 3
Milwaukee Bucks 77 81 2
Chicago Bulls 59 95 6

ATLANTIC W L T
Toronto Raptors - x 94 65 1
Philadelphia 76ers - y 83 70 7
Boston Celtics 80 77 3
New Jersey Nets 65 89 6
New York Knicks 35 121 4

SOUTHEAST W L T
Miami Heat - x 102 54 4
Atlanta Hawks - y 96 62 2
Charlotte Bobcats - y 93 63 4
Washington Wizards - y 88 72 0
Orlando Magic - y 82 74 4

Western Conference

NORTHWEST W L T
Portland Trailblazers - x 103 52 5
Denver Nuggets - y 92 64 4
Utah Jazz - y 92 65 3
Minnesota Timberwolves - y 78 79 3
Seattle SuperSonics 68 87 5

PACIFIC W L T
Phoenix Suns - x 78 79 3
Sacramento Kings - y 72 82 6
Golden State Warriors 72 84 4
Los Angeles Lakers 65 91 4
Los Angeles Clippers 63 93 4

SOUTHWEST W L T
Dallas Mavericks - x 96 59 5
Houston Rockets - y 75 79 6
Memphis Grizzlies 66 91 3
San Antonio Spurs 64 93 3
New Orleans/OK Hornets 62 93 5