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Cavs Nation’s Second Round NBA Playoff Predictions

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The second round of the 2015 NBA playoffs is under way. There are four highly intriguing matchups, and it’s almost a guarantee that the brooms can be put away as no team is going to be sweeping the other in this round. We start off with the predictions for the Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (5)

Prediction: Warriors in 5

The teams are polar opposites, which could make for a fun series. The Warriors a ‘run-and-gun’ style team, slinging three point shots from all over the place. If it’s shot in the front court, out of Curry or Thompson’s hands, it’s a good shot.

The Grizzlies on the other hand, are arguably the roughest, toughest team the NBA has to offer. They grind you out in half court sets, very rarely beaten to a loose ball.

Three point shots will be key in this series. The Warriors led the league in both 3-point percentage at nearly 40%, and in total number of threes attempted. The Grizzlies? They attempt the second fewest amount of three point shots in the league, with very limited success. If the Warriors keep this series at a frenetic pace and find themselves shooting loads of transition triples, this series could be over and out quickly.

For the Grizzlies to win this series, they’ll need to slow the game right down and turn it into a slug-fest. If you look at the matchups, technically Draymond Green will have to guard Zach Randolph. Randolph has two inches and thirty pounds on Green. Green is an elite defender, but size could make all the difference.

So this one is simple. Run-and-gun, the Warriors win. Slow and steady, the Grizzlies have a shot.

Click ‘Next’ to see our predictions for the Clippers-Rockets series!

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