Saturday, April 15, 2017

NBA Playoffs Predictions

I'm standing by my preseason pick of a Golden State/Cleveland NBA Finals since, while both teams have a couple of question marks, their top challengers also have question marks.  Makes more sense to pick the proven winners with a) a superteam's worth of talent and b) LeBron James rather than go with a team like, say, the Celtics without a true superstar, or one-man teams like the Rockets or Spurs, or "I'll have to see it to believe it" teams like the Wizards or Raptors.  The NBA is the one sport immune to the crazy upsets that dominate the sports landscape, though obviously the incredible can still happen (the Warriors had a 3-1 lead!) from time to time.

Warriors over Trail Blazers in five
Jazz over Clippers in seven
Rockets over Thunder in seven (due solely to Russell Westbrook continuing to be a one-man gang)
Spurs over Grizzlies in six
Celtics over Bulls in six
Wizards over Hawks in five
Cavaliers over Pacers in five
Raptors over Bucks in seven, but if Lowry and DeRozan have another slow playoffs, Giannis will eat the Raps alive

Warriors over Jazz in five
Spurs over Rockets in seven
Wizards over Celtics in seven
Cavaliers over Raptors in six

Warriors over Spurs in six
Cavaliers over Wizards in seven

Warriors over Cavaliers in six.  Finally, David West will have an NBA championship!  (oh, so will Kevin Durant)

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