Monday, April 30, 2012

WRD NBA Playoff Predictions

I know the NBA playoffs are underway, and we're a little late to the party here, but we're a little shorthanded and have been overwhelmed with the NFL draft over at our brother site, The Bay Area Sports Journal.

Anyway, I don't care where each series stands right now, I am going to go ahead and pick the same picks I would have had the playoffs not begun yet, so here we go:

Western Conference Playoffs

Round 1

Spurs over Jazz (5 games)- Spurs have the experience and Pap has them rested.
Clippers over Grizzlies (7 games)- I think this is going to be the best series in this round.
Lakers over Nuggets (5 games)- The Nugs just aren't playing well and Kobe and Bynum are.
Thunder over Maverics (6 games)- Mavs will put up a fight, but Thunder can be best in West.

Round 2

Clippers over Spurs (7 games)
Thunder over Lakers (7 games)

I think the Western semi's provide some great match-ups, but I just think it's the Clippers time and the Spurs will run out of gas. The Thunder have proven to be one of the best all-around teams in the league, and as long as they stay on track, not even a balanced Lakers squad should stop them, but both could go either way, really.

Western Conference Finals

Thunder over Clippers (6 games)

I liked the Clippers at the beginning of the year, and although they've had some injuries, they should be playing in the Western Conf. championship. Unfortunately for them though, if the Thunder are peaking, like most expect them to, then LA just won't be able to keep up.

Eastern Conference Playoffs

First Round

Bulls over 76ers (6 games)- This could be it for Chicago, as they lost DRose for the year.
Hawks over Celtics (7 games)- This is going to be a good series, I'll go with the younger Hawks.
Pacers over Magic (6 games)- The Magic lost their only hope when Howard went down.
Heat over Knicks (5 games)- Heat look determined!

Round 2

Hawks over Bulls (6 games)
Heat over Pacers (5 games)

I think the Hawks may not be the most talented team in the East (sans Horford), but they are hitting their stride at the right time, playing well at the end of the year and it could carry them all the way to the Eastern Finals.

Eastern Conference Finals

Heat over Hawks (4 games)

The Hawks, or whoever ends up here, will be no match for Miami, who are playing with a renowned mean-streak and, as I said, appear determined to be this years NBA champs.

2012 NBA Championship

Heat over Thunder (6 games)

This is the finals' match-up I'm really pulling for, either this or Lakers/Heat. The Thunder would provide the Heat with tougher match-ups and I truly believe these are each leagues best teams. As good and talented as OKC are, they're still a tad green, and Miami was here last year and got embarrassed once already. I think it's there's for the taking  this time around, and heads will definitely roll if they don't ( Eric Spoelstra?)

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