Let's predict the playoffs

Who's the AccuScore Playoffcaster NBA champ? (PER Diem: March 27, 2012)

Updated: March 27, 2012, 3:52 PM ET
By John Hollinger |
Kobe Bryant and Dirk NowitzkiJayne Kamin-Oncea/US PresswireDespite the Mavericks' 28-22 record, our playoff predictor likes them in the postseason.

It's that time of year again: Time to start looking at brackets, pairings and matchups. We have 31 more days of basketball before the playoff pairings are finalized and a lot can (and usually does) change in that time, but let's kick off our stretch run today by taking a deeper look at the postseason.