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Cavs Nation’s First Round NBA Playoff Predictions

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(4) Portland Trail Blazers VS (5) Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies, despite being the number 5 seed, will still have homecourt advantage in the first round due to their better record against the Northwest Division champion and 4th seed Portland Trail Blazers. Portland’s Lamarcus Aldridge will have his hands full against Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph as the men in Memphis try to continue their mastery over the Blazers whom they swept in their regular season series. The Blazers are already down one starter in Wesley Matthews and to add to their woes, Nicolas Batum still hasn’t hit his stride. While Memphis’ key starters in Mike Conley and Tony Allen are also nursing injuries, they are expected to be back in first round. Memphis holds the upper hand but Portland still do some serious damage if players such as CJ McCollum and Arron Afflalo decide step up. The Blazers is still a very dangerous crew as they belong to an exclusive and elite group of teams who are ranked in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Ultimately, Memphis will dictate the tempo and swing the balance in their favor.

Fearless Forecast: Memphis wins, 4-2

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