If I ran an NBA organization, I'd try like hell to avoid the Spurs in the playoffs. They just don't get beat. The Mavericks may not have gone to the finals last year had Manu Ginobili committed a stupid foul at the end of a tight Game 7. Denver could not keep this series as close. As a matter of fact, after winning Game 1 in San Antonio, things went downhill. Fast.
No Joshin' pick: Spurs in 6
Series result: Spurs in 5
San Antonio has a lot of talent, not just in their starting five, but on their bench. Think the vets like Robert Horry or Michael Finley are too old to contribute? Just ask Nuggets coach George Karl. Horry nailed the clincher in Game 4, and Fin went off from beyond the arc in Game 5 (8-for-9 on 3-pointers). That won't be a regular occurance, but Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Ginobili should have no trouble carrying the load the rest of the way.
If you think Dallas-Golden State has been a good series, just get ready for Spurs-Suns in round 2. Those are two hot teams who are playing great basketball right now.