Predictions Made May 22, 2005 at 5:00 pm EST.  
2005 NBA PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS
Conference Finals
Spurs in 6
The Phoenix Suns have risen from the bottom and are now just 4 wins from the NBA Finals. However standing in their way is the San Antonio Spurs, who have been there and done that. This should be a close series through out as Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker will help balance the advantage the Suns have with MVP Steve Nash. The Suns offensive could be explosive and if the Spurs try to run with them they will get burnt, so defense will be a key. If the series is triple digits the Suns will have the edge. In the end, however experience will decide it as the Spurs win in 6.
Heat in 7
This is the showdown series everyone has been looking forward to in the East, as Shaq and the Miami Heat try to dethrone the defending champion Detroit Pistons. Unlike last series Shaq won't be able to sit this one out. However, seeing the finals, expect Shaq to heal faster as his play will be the ultimate difference in this series. Expect this one to be close through out as well as this one will swing back and forth with each side taking at least one game on the others court. However in the end that home court will be the difference, as the Heat with the advantage in Game 7 take the series.