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NBA PLAYOFFS PREVIEW

Playoff predictions from the Globe staff

BAXTER HOLMES

Eastern Conference finals: Heat over Pacers in seven. Different year, different venue, same results.

Western Conference finals: Thunder over Spurs in six. San Antonio’s Big Three rides into the sunset? Nah, they’ll be back.

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NBA Finals: Thunder over Heat in six. OKC avenges 2012, Durant caps stellar season with Finals MVP.

GARY WASHBURN

Eastern Conference finals: Heat over Pacers in seven. The Heat’s reign is coming to an end and they barely have enough to overcome Indiana, but it is enough behind LeBron.

Western Conference finals: Spurs over Clippers in six. San Antonio executes too well for any of the other teams in the West. They are on a mission.

NBA Finals: Spurs over Heat in seven. San Antonio gets its revenge after last year’s painful Game 6 loss. It’s the final run for Tim Duncan.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Eastern Conference finals: Heat over Pacers in seven. Miami and Dwyane Wade will show up when it matters most.

Western Conference finals: Clippers over Rockets in six. In Doc Rivers I Trust in the Group of Death that is the West bracket.

NBA Finals: Heat over Clippers in seven. LeBron beats the team he could be taking his talents to next season.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Eastern Conference finals: Heat over Nets in six. KG still won’t speak to Ray Allen.

Western Conference finals: Clippers over Spurs in seven. More great sideline soundbites from Pop.

NBA Finals: Heat over Clippers in five. Not one, not two, but THREE.

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