NBA Playoff Facts and Records
Courtesy of ABC
Courtesy of ABC
The 2004-2005 NBA regular season
is over and it's time for the slam-dunking
, buzzer-beating, flagrant-fouling action of the playoffs to begin. There's no Kobe
and no Lebron James
- but there are several teams this year with a shot to win it all. The Kidzworld Coach makes his 2005 NBA Playoff Picks
2005 NBA Playoffs - Western Conference
With Shaq moving to Miami and Sacramento downsizing, the Western Conference
is more competitive
than it has been in years.
Western Conference Contenders
Phoenix Suns - The arrival of Steve Nash in Phoenix turned the Suns into title contenders but their run-and-gun offence might not do well in the playoffs when defences become tighter than a Jennifer Lopez party dress.
San Antonio Spurs - If Tim Duncan is fully recovered from his late season ankle injury, the Spurs should be on their way to another title.
Denver Nuggets - The Nuggets were the NBA's hottest team in the second half of the season. If Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin step their games up, the Nuggets could strike playoff gold.
The Coach's Pick For Western Final: San Antonio Spurs over Phoenix Suns in 6.
2005 NBA Playoffs - Eastern Conference
The NBA's Eastern Conference
is no longer a pathetic collection
of washed up gym rats. The Shaq Attack
has heated up Miami. The Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers
have created a rivalry
that's nastier than a cat fight between Nicole Ritchie and Paris Hilton
. Whoever comes out of the East will be more than capable of battling the best in the West.
Eastern Conference Contenders
Miami Heat - The combination of Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal could be more unstoppable than the Kobe-Shaq combo of the Lakers Dynasty. But will Shaq stay healthy through a long playoff schedule?
Detroit Pistons - The Pistons are the defending champs and they go into the playoffs running on all cylinders.
Indiana Pacers - The revitalized Pacers will want to give the retiring Reggie Miller one last shot at an NBA title.
The Coach's Pick For Eastern Final: Detroit Pistons over Indiana Pacers in 7.
Coach's Pick For NBA Title:
Detroit Pistons over Phoenix Suns in 5 games.
2005 NBA Playoffs - Make Your Picks
Who do you think's gonna win the 2005 NBA title
? Will the Detroit Pistons
defend their title or will a new champion take the crown? your NBA playoff picks to Kidzworld.
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