#2 Brooklyn Nets
          VS.
#3 Miami Heat

SERIES ANALYSIS: Normally I side with the team with the best player, which is obviously LeBron James in this series, but my hunch is that his supporting cast will be shattered and the inspiration for KG and Pierce to advance far into the postseason before retirement will propel the Nets to a series win. This will also be an opportunity for Brook Lopez to substantiate his rising status as the most gifted offensive center in the league. This outcome would also set up an extremely intriguing offseason for James and his impending free agency.

SERIES OUTCOME: NETS in 7

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