New Orleans Hornets vs. Dallas Mavericks
The Hornets have been nothing short of amazing all season long, lead by quite possibly the new best point guard in the NBA and maybe this years MVP in Chris Paul. The problem with the Hornets going into this match up is that they have absolutely no experience in the playoffs with this squad. Chris Paul is pretty damn good and has turned this team into a legit title contender, but he has done nothing in the playoffs.
On the other side of the ball you have the Dallas Mavericks who have been to the finals just two years ago and won 60 Games last season with last years MVP Dirk Nowitzki who you better believe is out to prove himself after his teams total meltdown in last seasons playoffs against Golden State Warriors.
Not only will the Mavericks be extremely motivated but they will have a very experienced playoff point guard in Jason Kidd who will challenge Chris Paul every single Game.
Even though this is a #7 seed taking on a #2 seed, this is a pretty even match up if you ask me. You will be able to determine how this series will go after the first two Games in New Orleans, if the Mavs can contain Paul and come out of New Orleans with at least one victory, this series will go 7 Games with the Mavs taking down the Hornets.
If Chris Paul can pull his boys together at home and prove that he can play just as good in the post season as he has in the regular season then I would expect the Hornets to win this series in 5 or 6 Games
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