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April 17, 2011, 04:43 PM
David: Ouch. Denver gets the WORST first round matchup for them, Karl almost has a hockey team here, where he can just send wave after wave of decent to good players on the floor- problem is, in this series, he has no one to slow Durant and only Lawson can harrass Westbrook, but Westbrook can post him up.This series could be an exciting 7 games or a list of 4 blowouts.

Dan: This is going to be a good series. Denver is an improved team after the Carmelo Anthony trade and is doing better than the Knicks have done as a result of the trade. A big problem for Denver all season has been their inability to win on the road. They posted a 17-24 record away from Denver while posting a 33-8 record at home. Oklahoma City is better at home, posting a record of 30-11 while having a 25-16 record on the road. Denver puts up the best offense in the NBA, scoring 107.5 points per game. While doing so, they have the 21st best defense in the NBA based off of points per game. The Thunder are around the same type of team, having a little worse offense (5th in the NBA at 104.8 points per game) and a little better on the defensive side (18th in the NBA at 101 points allowed per game). The Thunder do rebound better (42.8 rebounds per game for OKC, 42.0 rebounds per game for Denver). I think that, due to the home court advantage for Oklahoma City, they come out victorious in seven games.

David:Thunder in 6
Dan:Thunder in 7

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