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PBT Extra: Eastern Conference playoffs preview

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Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, second from left, talks to Mario Chalmers (15), Chris Bosh (1), Dwyane Wade (3) and LeBron James (6) during overtime of their NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Miami. The Heat won 141-129 in double overtime. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago) MAGS OUT


You’re getting a double dose of Kay Adams, myself and PBT Extra today — we take a quick look at the first round playoff matches in each conference.

We start in the East, where Miami advancing to the second round is as close to a lock as you can get, and the Pacers should smother the Hawks with their defense.

But then things get interesting. The Knicks are the better team and should advance but they will get tested by a gritty, physical defensive team in Boston. Then the Bulls are going to play their suffocating defense and we’re going to learn the answer to the question “can the Nets play grind-it-out playoff basketball?”

MORE: The Western Conference preview from PBT Extra