Posted: Thu April 18, 2013 4:54PM; Updated: Thu April 18, 2013 7:49PM

NBA playoffs 2013: Expert predictions

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SI NBA experts predict the Miami Heat will repeat as NBA champions in 2013
All five SI.com writers predict that Dwyane Wade and the Heat will repeat as NBA champions.
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How will the 2013 postseason play out? SI.com's NBA writers make their picks for every round below.

SI Experts Picks: 2013 NBA Playoffs
Ian Thomsen
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Lee Jenkins
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Chris Mannix
WESTERN CONFERENCE   EASTERN CONFERENCE
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Ben Golliver
WESTERN CONFERENCE   EASTERN CONFERENCE
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Rob Mahoney
WESTERN CONFERENCE   EASTERN CONFERENCE
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CHAMPION
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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