Predictions Made May 8, 2005 at 12:45 am EST.  
2005 NBA PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS
Second Round
Suns in 5
The Mavericks after a hard fought 7-game win over the Rockets move on to face the top seeded Suns, they are going to need SPF 2000, because they are going to get burnt. The Mavs and Suns both like to run and teams that like to run are no match for the run and gun Suns, look for Steve Nash to haunt his former team through out as the Suns rise in 5 games.
Spurs in 5
The Supersonics will find out right away that the Spurs defense wont be as easy to score on as the Kings, as they will find themselves overmatched in a series that should be over quickly as Tim Duncan's ankle should be stronger, as he dominates the middle to send the Spurs on to the Western Conference Finals in 5 Games.
Heat in 5
The Heat only has one worry as this series begins and that's rust as they have not played in a week. However rust is minor as the rest will prove valuable for Shaq who ended the season banged up and not 100%. Look for Shaq to dominate the Wizards who will not be donning T-Shirts for the Eastern Conference Finals as they will be lucky to avoid being swept.
Pistons in 7
These two teams hate each other immensely and they have a habit of brining out the worst in each other, none more evident then the riot in November. Look for it to be physical through out with flagrant fouls ejections, suspensions and maybe a brawl or two. However in the end the Pistons are the better team especially with Ron Artest still serving his suspension from the riot.