Monday, May 13, 2019

NBA Conference Finals Predictions


First Round Record (7-1)
Semifinals Record (2-2)

NBA Conference Finals Predictions

Western Conference Finals

Portland Trail Blazers Vs Golden State Warriors

I’ve really enjoyed watching this playoff run by the Trail Blazers because they have been playing some amazing team basketball. Damian Lillard has been a great leader who plays with ice in his veins and continues to prove he is one of the best point guards in the league. The Trail Blazers go hard in the paint, grabbing all the rebounds and that has played a huge role in this playoff run! Unfortunately for them they are about to face off against the defending Champions, who continue to play at a high level and dominate everyone they face! Even with a hobbled Kevin Durant the Trail Blazers still have no shot because the Warriors are too deep and too good to lose to anyone in this league right now! I expect the Blazers to battle in this matchup, but they ain’t gonna win this war!

Warriors over Trail Blazers in 6 games

Eastern Conference Finals

Toronto Raptors Vs Milwaukee Bucks

FINALLY…AN EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS WITHOUT LEBRON!!!! LeBron had to move to the Western Conference to give the rest of the East a chance to compete and make the Eastern Conference interesting for a change during the postseason. We have a great matchup on deck between the Bucks and Raptors. Kawhi Leonard continues his playoff tear by outscoring everyone on the court, even his own teammates know just give the ball to Kawhi! He is clutch and chances are he is going to knock the shot down every time he touches the ball, we saw that in game 7 against Philadelphia, as well as in the first round against Orlando, and oh yeah, how about a few years ago when he played for San Antonio and was the Finals MVP! He’s a killer and the Bucks better be prepared for what Kawhi is about to bring. Giannis is also playing at an insane level this season. He has absolutely dominated every single team in the postseason, but this will be a different beast than the previous two teams that the Bucks have faced. The edge in this matchup is Kawhi Leonard. Right now I feel he can’t be stopped. He is playing at a high level and while the Bucks are tough on the defensive side of the ball, I don’t believe they will be able to handle Kawhi.

Raptors over Bucks in 7 games

Sunday, April 28, 2019

NBA Semifinals Playoff Predictions


First Round Record (7-1)

NBA Semifinals Playoff Predictions

Western Conference

Houston Rockets Vs Golden State Warriors

This is the matchup everybody has been talking about all season long, but we’re going to get it earlier than expected! This was supposed to be the Western Conference Finals matchup, but the Rockets do what they do best and disappoint! I don’t believe that will change this round for them either. The Rockets have always choked with James Harden, hell he didn’t even play that well in the first round. Chris Paul is a great player, but it sucks for him because James Harden loves to completely disappear during the postseason. The Warriors are still the best team in the league and shouldn’t have much of a problem knocking the Rockets out. The Rockets don’t play any defense so have fun trying to stop Kevin Durant who was on fire in the first round! I don’t believe the Rockets have a chance in this matchup, even if James Harden is somehow able to get his playoff act together this series is going to be all Warriors!

Warriors over Rockets in 6 games

Portland Trail Blazers Vs Denver Nuggets

I told ya’ll Jokic was going to make sure we all knew what a force he is during the playoffs! In the first round he dominated the Spurs and I expect more of the same from him in this round against the Trail Blazers. I love what the Blazers have been doing this season as well and it’s nice to see Lillard have some postseason success as most people forget he even exists since he plays in Portland. This is going to be a fun matchup to watch because both teams have different strengths and weaknesses and it will be interesting to see which team is able to take advantage. The edge in this matchup is Nikola Jokic, he is a killer in the paint and it’s nice to see a dominant big guy in the paint for once because that has disappeared over the years. I don’t think the Trail Blazers have anybody who can post up against him in the paint and he can score from just about any spot on the floor. The Trail Blazers are a good team, but I think they are going to fall short in this series.

Nuggets over Trail Blazers in 6 games

Eastern Conference

Boston Celtics Vs Milwaukee Bucks

FINALLY! A worthwhile matchup in the Eastern Conference this postseason! This is definitely going to be a great series to watch because both of these teams are playing very well right now. The Bucks have dominated from the start of the season and made their first round matchup look like an absolute breeze! The Celtics have had their ups and downs from day one, but in the first round of the playoffs they showed that they can be a very difficult team to play. They seemed to have finally meshed as a team and are peaking at the perfect time. Gordon Hayward looked like his old self in the first round and Kyrie looked like playoff Kyrie! Say what you want about him, but come playoff time this dude comes to play and he’s proven to be a clutch player this time of year when it matters the most. The edge in this matchup is the momentum that the Celtics are playing with and Kyrie’s playoff resume. Most people tend to write off playoff experience, but it can be the difference in a series. The Bucks have next to no playoff experience and have yet to have their backs against the wall this season. It should be interesting to see how they respond, but I think the Celtics are going to surprise and pull the upset against the Bucks!

Celtics over Bucks in 7 games

Philadelphia 76ers Vs Toronto Raptors

The 76ers are such a stupid team because they have a ton of talent, but for some reason just can’t seem to make it all work. They’re all mouth and no action for the most part! In the previous round they got put to the task by the Nets, and if the Nets were a half way decent team they would have won! The Raptors on the other hand have dominated all season and ran all over the Magic, as they should have in the previous round. Kawhi Leonard has not lost a step at all and has always been a leader in the postseason. He dominated the first round and I expect more of the same against the 76ers. The 6ers don’t play as a team. They don’t have a leader and no one has any interest in taking direction. When they lose they throw temper tantrums (which is so common for the pussified NBA players of today). I don’t believe the 76ers are going to be much competition for the Raptors. I actually expect this to be a pretty quick series because the Raptors are a complete team and with Kawhi leading the way there’s a good shot this team will be heading to the NBA Finals!

Raptors over 76ers in 5 games

Friday, April 12, 2019

NBA First Round Playoff Predictions


Western Conference

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Golden State Warriors

It’s Playoff time which means it’s time for the Warriors to start playing like the best team in the league. Don’t get me wrong, we know they play hard every game, but you know they elevate it to a whole other level once the postseason rolls around. It’s no secret they are still the best team in the league and this should be a nice little warm up for them in the first round against the Clippers. Congrats to the Clippers for having a much better regular season than anyone anticipated, but this is sure to be a quick and easy series for the Warriors.

Warriors over Clippers in 4 games

Utah Jazz Vs Houston Rockets

James Harden continues to score at an insane level and this season he had no choice but to take all of the shots because everybody else on his team has been battling through injuries. I’m sure he’s thrilled that he has most of his team healthy for the playoff run, most notably Chris Paul. The Jazz haven’t been that impressive this season. I expected them to be a much stronger team this year than from what they have shown because they have quite a few good players like Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, but this team hasn’t been consistent at all. This should be a quick series for Houston because I don’t believe the Jazz will be able to keep pace with the Rockets on the offensive side of the ball.

Rockets over Jazz in 5 games

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Portland Trail Blazers

I kinda feel like this is going to be the only good matchup we see in the first round. The both of these teams matchup very well against each other. The Thunder are all offense and can score like crazy. The Blazers are known to dominate in the paint by owning the boards and grabbing any rebound in sight to dominate the time of possession. You really never know what you’re going to get from either team in any given game because neither team has played with any consistency. I believe the Thunder have the edge in this matchup because they have two of the best shooters in the game with Westbrook and Paul George, either player can take over a game and make the clutch shots when necessary. The Blazers should make this an interesting matchup, but the Thunder will move onto the next round.

Thunder over Trail Blazers in 6 games

San Antonio Spurs Vs Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets have been the biggest surprise in the NBA this season. I don’t think anybody had any idea that this team would be one of the best teams in the Western Conference, a bottom level playoff team maybe, but not one of the best teams in the league. The Spurs on the other hand have been fairly mediocre compared to what we’ve grown used to with them over the years. The Spurs don’t play with the same energy anymore and while I know they have lost a few of the core players over the years, they still have a good roster full of good players, but they just can’t seem to put it together. The Nuggets Nikola Jokic has really taken the league by storm this season and the way he plays reminds of Dirk Nowitzki. The casual NBA fan probably has no idea who is and what a good basketball player he is, but I have a feeling he’s going to give everyone a nice introduction this postseason.

Nuggets over Spurs in 6 games

Eastern Conference

Detroit Pistons Vs Milwaukee Bucks

This matchup is the perfect example as to why the Eastern Conference is a total dumpster fire! The Pistons have no business even stepping foot into the postseason, but because the East is weak as fuck, as always, here we are! The Bucks literally have one of the best players in the league playing at an MVP level with Giannis Antetokuonmpo and the rest of his team is following right behind him. The Bucks are legit. The Pistons suck! This series is over before it even began!

Bucks over Pistons in 4 games

Indiana Pacers Vs Boston Celtics

While the Celtics have not been as dominant as we expected them to be at the beginning of the season, there is no way in hell they won’t kick the shit out of the Pacers! Yet another horrible Eastern Conference snoozefest!

Celtics over Pacers in 4 games

Brooklyn Nets Vs Philadelphia 76ers

This is such an awful matchup that even if the 76ers sit Joel Embiid for the entire series it won’t be a big deal because the Nets don’t have a chance either way! If I were the 76ers I would let Embiid get some rest and get ready for the next round when they may actually face a good team!

76ers over Nets in 5 games

Orlando Magic Vs Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are so thrilled they don’t have to see LeBron in the postseason because now they actually have a chance to win the Eastern Conference. First up is the pathetic ass Orlando Magic, this will be a nice little warm up for the Raptors in the postseason. I’m expecting this to be an absolute ass kicking by the Raptors!

Raptors over Magic in 4 games

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Super Bowl LIII Prediction


Wild Card Record (3-1)
Divisional Record (2-2)
Conference Championship Record (1-1)

Super Bowl LIII Prediction

New England Patriots Vs Los Angeles Rams

Why does it always feel like no other team in the AFC even wants to go to the Super Bowl? The Patriots keep it moving every year no matter the changes within the team from year to year, but at the beginning of the season I felt like there was no way this team could possibly make the Super Bowl let alone win it! As usual, the Patriots have proven us wrong and are here yet again. I’d say it gets old, but at this rate I feel like it’s the rest of the leagues fault for not getting their shit together and actually winning in the post season. The Rams have been one of the most consistent and dominant teams in the league. They have so many talented players at multiple positions it seems that someone new steps it up to carry the team to a win every week. If the Rams even want a chance at winning this game the defense is going to have to be the reason why. Aaron Donald has led the league in sacks, but he is not the only threat on the defensive line. They also have Ndamukong Suh and Dante Fowler who are just as capable of killing a quarterbacks’ game just like Donald.

Bill Belichick is a defensive mastermind and he has been known to limit some of the greatest offenses in history. I have a feeling his game plan is going to be to try and make Jared Goff win this game. Don’t get me wrong Goff has held his own this season and made some big plays when he has had to, but I honestly don’t think this guy is for real. As a matter of fact I find him completely mediocre and the only reason why he looks halfway decent is because he has so many good players and coaches surrounding him. The second half of the season the Patriots ground game has really been on fire and carried this team, and I feel like Sony Michel is going to be the key for the Patriots on offense. He has been tough for defenses to even get their hands on and once he hits the hole he is gone! While I believe the Rams are the more talented team, it’s still difficult for me to pick against the Patriots. They have been playing very well this post season, the offense has been clicking, they are winning the battle in the trenches, and they just keep making the big plays when they have to. I don’t really see the Patriots losing the Super Bowl two years in a row, I have a feeling that loss last year left an imprint in their memory and they are back to take yet another Championship.

Patriots over Rams 28-24

MVP: Sony Michel

Saturday, January 19, 2019

NFL Conference Championship Predictions


Wild Card Record (3-1)
Divisional Record (2-2)

NFL Conference Championship Predictions

NFC

Los Angeles Rams Vs New Orleans Saints

The both of these teams are pretty much who we expected to end up in the NFC Conference Championship because these two teams dominated the NFL from start to finish, so it’s only fitting that this is how it ends up. It was a crazy game between them in the regular season and I’m expecting more of the same when they face off for a chance to play in the Super Bowl! The Rams offense is back in business and some how got even better with the addition of C.J. Anderson in the backfield. He is the perfect compliment to Todd Gurley and has opened up this offense even more for everyone else. The defense stepped it up last week, but this week they are facing off against an offensive powerhouse. The Saints, to me, are the most complete team remaining in the Playoffs. It’s really tough to pick against Sean Payton because he is not afraid to run the risky plays that get his team going when they need a kick in the ass. It’s always nice to have the veteran Drew Brees as your quarterback because you know you always have a chance because he’s able to get it going it any moment even if things aren’t going his way to start the game. The Rams are coming into this game pissed off about the last game while the Saints seem focused on this matchup and that can be a big factor on the outcome of this game. Like I keep saying the Saints are the most complete team this season and since they’ve already given us one example of how to kick the Rams ass this year, I’m pretty sure they can do it a second time!

Saints over Rams 42-35

AFC

New England Patriots Vs Kansas City Chiefs

The Patriots are playing in their EIGHTH consecutive AFC Championship game, that is an insane statistic whether you like this team or not! Tom Brady still continues to play at a high level and has his eyes set on another Championship. The Patriots will be coming into Kansas City to face the highest scoring offense in the league led by Patrick Mahomes. He has been on fire and has yet to have a horrible game, although it does help to have Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce out there catching the ball and making some big plays. The Patriots defense is definitely going to have their hands full in this matchup, but if they play anything close to the way they did last week against the Chargers then they should be able to make some big plays to keep their offense in it! One of the things the Patriots have always done best is when one of the great players begins to fall off like Rob Gronkowski, they always have a new player who emerges out of nowhere to come in and step up like the rookie running back Sony Michele. Many people have started to write the Patriots off as being washed up, but they have proven time and again that they are not. The exact opposite can be said of the Chiefs, especially their coach Andy Reid. He is a proven choke artist when it comes to the Playoffs and I believe the edge in this matchup is going to come down to the coaches and how they game plan. With that being said the Patriots have the edge and I don’t even need to present any stats because at the end of the day the best game planner in the NFL is Bill Belichick and you best believe this dude is ready to shut down the Kansas City Chiefs and their high powered offense.

Patriots over Chiefs 38-31