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The 2015 Playoffs are packed with headlines. Rising stars Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving make their first playoff appearances, the Warriors look to continue scoring at a historic rate, and the Spurs hope to make their third consecutive Finals appearance and become the second sixth seed to win an NBA championship.

Brow is coming.
Brow is coming.
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Happy NBA Playoffs Eve everybody! The most exciting and entertaining postseason in years is nearly upon us. In honor of that, some of us here have mapped out our predictions of how it will all unfold (mainly so you all can mock us later when our picks are horribly wrong).  Below, we have predicted who we think will advance in each round, and how many games it will take for each victorious team to advance.

Disagree with our picks? Want to make your own? Do so in the comments below!

Here is the finalized bracket just to refresh everyone's memories.

Taylor's picks:

Round 1

EAST:

Hawks-Nets - Hawks in 5
Raptors-Wizards - Raptors in 7
Cavaliers-Celtics - Cavaliers in 4
Bulls-Bucks - Bulls in 6

WEST:

Warriors-Pelicans - Warriors in 4
Trail Blazers-Grizzlies - Grizzlies in 7
Rockets-Mavericks - Rockets in 6
Clippers-Spurs - Spurs in 5

Round 2

EAST:

Hawks-Raptors - Hawks in 5
Cavaliers-Bulls - Cavaliers in 6

WEST:

Warriors-Grizzlies - Warriors in 6
Rockets-Spurs - Spurs in 6

Round 3

EAST:

Cavaliers-Hawks - Cavs in 6

WEST:

Warriors-Spurs - Spurs in 7

Finals

Cavaliers-Spurs - Spurs in 7

Chris's picks:

Round 1

EAST:

Hawks-Nets - Hawks in 5
Raptors-Wizards - Wizards in 7
Cavaliers-Celtics - Cavs in 5
Bulls-Bucks - Bulls in 5

WEST:

Warriors-Pelicans - Warriors in 5
Trail Blazers-Grizzlies - Grizzlies in 6
Rockets-Mavericks - Rockets in 7
Clippers-Spurs - LAC in 7

Round 2

EAST:

Hawks-Wizards - Hawks in 6
Cavaliers-Bulls - Bulls in 7

WEST:

Warriors-Grizzlies - Warriors in 6
Rockets-Clippers - LAC in 7

Round 3

EAST:

Hawks-Bulls - Bulls in 6

WEST:

Warriors-Clippers - Warriors in 6

Finals

Bulls-Warriors - Bulls in 7

Lucas's picks:

Round 1

EAST:

Hawks-Nets - Hawks in 4
Raptors-Wizards - Wizards in 7
Cavaliers-Celtics - Cavaliers in 5
Bulls-Bucks - Bulls in 6

WEST:

Warriors-Pelicans - Warriors in 5
Trail Blazers-Grizzlies - Grizzlies in 6
Rockets-Mavericks - Rockets in 7
Clippers-Spurs - Spurs in 6

Round 2

EAST:

Hawks-Wizards - Hawks in 5
Cavaliers-Bulls - Cavaliers in 6

WEST:

Warriors-Grizzlies - Warriors in 5
Rockets-Spurs - Spurs in 6

Round 3

EAST:

Hawks-Cavaliers - Hawks in 7

WEST:

Warriors-Spurs - Spurs in 7

Finals

Hawks-Spurs - Spurs in 6

Miles's picks:

Round 1

EAST:

Hawks-Nets - Hawks in 4
Raptors-Wizards - Raptors in 6
Cavaliers-Celtics - Cavaliers in 5
Bulls-Bucks - Bulls in 6

WEST:

Warriors-Pelicans - Warriors in 5
Trail Blazers-Grizzlies - Grizzlies in 6
Rockets-Mavericks - Mavericks in 7
Clippers-Spurs - Spurs in 7

Round 2

EAST:

Hawks-Raptors - Hawks in 6
Cavaliers-Bulls - Cavaliers in 6

WEST:

Warriors-Grizzlies - Warriors in 7
Mavericks-Spurs - Spurs in 6

Round 3

EAST:

Hawks-Cavaliers - Cavaliers in 7

WEST:

Warriors-Clippers - Warriors in 7

Finals

Cavaliers-Warriors - Warriors in 6

Kevin's picks:

Round 1

EAST:

Hawks-Nets - Hawks in 6
Raptors-Wizards - Raptors in 6
Cavaliers-Celtics - Cavaliers in 4
Bulls-Bucks - Bulls in 5

WEST:

Warriors-Pelicans - Warriors in 4
Trail Blazers-Grizzlies - Grizzlies in 6
Rockets-Mavericks - Rockets in 5
Clippers-Spurs - Spurs in 5

Round 2

EAST:

Hawks-Raptors - Hawks in 6
Cavaliers-Bulls - Cavaliers in 6

WEST:

Warriors-Grizzlies - Warriors in 5
Rockets-Spurs - Spurs in 7

Round 3

EAST:

Hawks-Cavaliers - Cavaliers in 6

WEST:

Warriors-Spurs - Spurs in 7

Finals

Cavaliers-Spurs - Spurs in 6

Mike's picks:

Round 1

EAST:

Hawks-Nets - Hawks in 6
Raptors-Wizards - Wizards in 7
Cavaliers-Celtics - Cavaliers in 4
Bulls-Bucks - Bulls in 4

WEST:

Warriors-Pelicans - Warriors in 6
Trail Blazers-Grizzlies - Grizzlies in 6
Rockets-Mavericks - Rockets in 7
Clippers-Spurs - Spurs in 7

Round 2

EAST:

Hawks-Wizards - Hawks in 7
Cavaliers-Bulls - Cavaliers in 6

WEST:

Warriors-Grizzlies - Warriors in 7
Rockets-Spurs - Spurs in 6

Round 3

EAST:

Hawks-Cavaliers - Cavaliers in 6

WEST:

Warriors-Spurs - Spurs in 7

Finals

Cavaliers-Spurs - Spurs in 6

Mitchell's picks:

Round 1

EAST:

Hawks-Nets - Hawks in 4
Raptors-Wizards - Wizards in 6
Cavaliers-Celtics - Cavaliers in 6
Bulls-Bucks - Bulls in 5

WEST:

Warriors-Pelicans - Warriors in 4
Trail Blazers-Grizzlies - Grizzlies in 5
Rockets-Mavericks - Mavericks in 6
Clippers-Spurs - Clippers in 7

Round 2

EAST:

Hawks-Wizards - Hawks in 7
Cavaliers-Bulls - Cavaliers in 6

WEST:

Warriors-Grizzlies - Warriors in 7
Mavericks-Clippers - Clippers in 5

Round 3

EAST:

Hawks-Cavaliers - Cavaliers in 6

WEST:

Warriors-Clippers - Warriors in 6

Finals

Cavaliers-Warriors - Warriors in 6

Matt's picks:

Round 1

EAST:

Hawks-Nets - Hawks in 4
Raptors-Wizards - Raptors in 6
Cavaliers-Celtics - Cavaliers in 5
Bulls-Bucks - Bulls in 5

WEST:

Warriors-Pelicans - Warriors in 4
Trail Blazers-Grizzlies - Grizzlies in 6
Rockets-Mavericks - Rockets in 7
Clippers-Spurs - Clippers in 6

Round 2

EAST:

Hawks-Raptors - Hawks in 6
Cavaliers-Bulls - Cavaliers in 7

WEST:

Warriors-Grizzlies - Warriors in 6
Rockets-Clippers - Clippers in 6

Round 3

EAST:

Hawks-Cavaliers - Hawks in 6

WEST:

Warriors-Clippers - Warriors in 7

Finals

Hawks-Warriors - Warriors in 6