NBA Eastern Conference: Predicting the Winners of the First Round Matchups

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Mar 31, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) defends New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) as he controls the ball during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 108-89. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Playoffs are finally here, and it’s time to hear fans boldly proclaim their team’s greatness.

Every team in the playoffs has championship aspirations, even though some, such as the Milwaukee Bucks, will have a harder time than others, such as the Miami Heat. There are 16 teams in the playoffs, and there are only 30 teems in the league, so not every playoff team is a powerhouse. We’re only going to see one champion, but we’re sure to see excitement.

Which teams will find playoff success? Here are first round predictions for the Eastern Conference.