Wednesday, September 16, 2020

NBA Conference Finals Predictions

 

First Round Record (6-2) 

Semifinal Round Record (2-2)

 

NBA Conference Final Predictions 

Western Conference

Denver Nuggets Vs Los Angeles Lakers

The Denver Nuggets are the comeback kids of the postseason! They have been down 3-1 in both of the previous rounds in the playoffs and came back to win the series. Nikola Jokic has carried this team on his back all season and he will be tough for the Lakers to contain, but the Lakers are going to be the best defense that the Nuggets have faced in the postseason. The Lakers should not overlook the Nuggets at all, but they should not be worried about losing this series. The only way that will happen is if they beat themselves. The Lakers defense has been great thanks in part to Anthony Davis, of course, but Caruso is a scrappy mother fucker and he has really stepped it up on the defensive side of the ball, while also knocking down some clutch three’s. The Nuggets will be a good test for the Lakers and probably the toughest opponent they have faced up to this point in the postseason, but the Lakers are too damn talented and have too deep of a roster to lose a seven game series to the Nuggets.

Lakers over Nuggets in 6 games

 

Eastern Conference

Miami Heat Vs Boston Celtics

This is going to be one exciting matchup to watch because these teams matchup really well against each other, but they also feature two of the hottest players in the league since the restart with Kemba Walker for the Celtics and Jimmy Butler for the Heat. The Heat have been unstoppable in the postseason and have only lost one game up to this point. They have been lights out on the offensive side of the ball, but also, have been really solid on defense. The Celtics did get exposed a bit against the Raptors, but they still played a great series and I expect them to continue playing at a high level against the Heat. It looks like they will get Gordon Heyward back at some point in this series which will be a boost for the team. In the end I think the Heat are playing too well to be stopped by anyone right now. Jimmy Butler is playing like a man on a mission and he even said before the restart that the Heat were here to win it all, and from what we have seen from them so far, they weren’t playing around. The X-factor in this matchup, to me, will be Andre Iguodala because when it comes to the playoffs this guy ALWAYS shows up and is reliable. He will make the big play when you need him to and he will defend the best player on the opposing team regardless of who they are and will dominate them.

Heat over Celtics in 7 games

Thursday, September 3, 2020

NBA Conference Semifinal Predictions

 

First Round Record (6-2)

 

NBA Conference Semifinal Playoff Predictions

Western Conference

Houston Rockets Vs Los Angeles Lakers

The Rockets are such an amusing team to me because they are so inconsistent on just about every level. I’m actually shocked they were able to get past the first round of the playoffs, but they just lucked out because they faced the Thunder who are just about as inconsistent as the Rockets are. The even more amusing thing is to watch Westbrook and Harden attempt to play on the same team as one another because neither one of them wants to give up the ball and that has cost them a few games. As soon as Westbrook came back from injury in the first round the Rockets offense was awful and it’s because he was trying to do too much and looked sloppy as hell on the court. The Lakers have been resting up for a few days now and are coming into this matchup fresh and ready to go. The Rockets have no answer for LeBron or Anthony Davis on the defensive side of the ball, and they don’t have anyone who matches up in the paint to try and outrebound the Lakers. I don’t really see this being much of a challenge for the Lakers because they are better at every aspect of the game compared to the Rockets.

Lakers over Rockets in 5 games

 

Denver Nuggets Vs Los Angeles Clippers

The Nuggets just played one hell of a series against the Utah Jazz, but I have a feeling they just blew their wad in that matchup and will be too worn out for this one against the Clippers. I never really thought they had a chance in this series to begin with because the Clippers, overall, are a much better team, but the Nuggets might make it difficult for a game or two. The Clippers are one of the deepest teams in the league from top to bottom which is why they have dominated the West this season. I don’t expect much to change in this series from that perspective as I expect the Clippers to dominate the Nuggets in this one.

Clippers over Nuggets in 5 games

 

Eastern Conference

Boston Celtics Vs Toronto Raptors

The defending champs will have their hands full in this matchup because Kemba Walker and the Boston Celtics are no joke! The Celtics played a flawless game against the 76ers in the first round and while the 76ers looked like the walking dead on the basketball court, the Celtics played amazing basketball. Kemba has proven all season he is a true leader and now that he is on a good team, that is in the postseason, he is finally able to show the World he ain’t no chump! The Raptors did what they were supposed to do in the first round against the Nets, but now they get a true test against a legitimate team full of talent. The Raptors are a strong team and should not be overlooked, but the Celtics have been on fire even before the restart, they were one of the top teams in the league. Kemba has been playing like a man on a mission and I really like what I’ve seen from him so far. This series will be a battle, but I think the Celtics will come out on top because they play so well as a team.

Celtics over Raptors in 6 games

 

Miami Heat Vs Milwaukee Bucks 

The Miami Heat looked really solid in the first round and completely dominated the Pacers. The Heat should give the Bucks a run for their money in this series, but in the end the Bucks are going to be way too much for the Heat to handle. The Heat don’t have anyone who matches up well against Giannis Antetokounmpo which puts them at an extreme disadvantage. Andre Iguodala is known for stepping up his game in the playoffs defensively and he may be the guy they call upon to try and guard Giannis, but in the end I still don’t believe that will be enough for a seven game series. The Bucks will dominate the paint and in turn dominate the game. I don’t believe the Heat have much of a shot in this matchup.

Bucks over Heat in 6 games

Sunday, August 16, 2020

NBA First Round Playoff Predictions

 

NBA First Round Playoff Predictions

Western Conference 

Portland Trail Blazers Vs Los Angeles Lakers 

The Blazers have been one of the hottest teams since the restart led by Damian Lillard. This guy has been unstoppable and I hope the Lakers are ready for it. The Blazers aren’t chumps and shouldn’t be overlooked, but the Lakers are a much deeper team and much more solid on the defensive side of the ball. I expect the Blazers to give the Lakers everything they’ve got and to make it a battle every game in this series, but the Lakers are a superior team. LeBron is LeBron and he’s had an amazing season and has led this team to the #1 spot out West. Anthony Davis has been a killer on both the defensive and offensive side of the ball and has been just as important as LeBron. There are still some questions beyond those two on the team, but this is the playoffs and LeBron always elevates his game to another level this time of year and I expect him to dominate in this series. No one on the Blazers roster can even matchup with LeBron to defend against him or Anthony Davis.

Lakers over Blazers in 5 games

 

Houston Rockets Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

The Rockets are pretty much screwed in this matchup with no Russell Westbrook. The Rockets need to score a lot of points to even have a chance at a win since they play next to no defense, and with Westbrook’s injury he will be on the bench and that takes away a huge chunk of the offense. It also doesn’t help that this is the time of year when James Harden has his disappearing act and some how forgets how to make a bucket or win. The Thunder on the other hand actually do play defense, they know how to score points, and have been playing very well as a team since the restart. Chris Paul was traded from the Rockets this past offseason surrounded by a bunch of drama, so I have a feeling he is going to come into this series pissed off and ready to kick some ass. It should be a contentious series with a strong battle in the back court, but with no Westbrook I think the Thunder are the clear favorites in this matchup. Westbrook is a big part of why this team works offensively and without him it makes it that much more difficult to win in a seven game series.

Thunder over Rockets in 6 games

 

Utah Jazz Vs Denver Nuggets

This will probably end up being the best matchup in this round in the Western Conference because both of these teams are evenly matched. Nikola Jokic has had a dominating season and even though he started off slow once they started playing basketball again, he was able to get his legs under him and start playing like his old self. Jokic is a silent assassin because not many people are really aware of how good he is because he isn’t considered a “superstar”, but the dude can ball and can take over a game at any moment. The Jazz are led by Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, who have also been playing very well since the restart. Beyond the star players both teams have multiple role players who can step it up and may not necessarily take over a game, but can play a key role in a close matchup. The edge in this matchup I believe will be Utah’s bench players. I think they will be more equipped to withstand an entire series and can rely on more than one player to help get the win. Whereas the Nuggets basically need Jokic to have a good game every night to even have a shot at the win.

Jazz over Nuggets in 7 games

 

Dallas Mavericks Vs Los Angeles Clippers

The Mavericks have no shot in this one. The Clippers are a far superior team and the Mavericks will have their hands full from the jump. The Mavericks have some good players and are capable of keeping up at times with their opponent, but against the Clippers in a seven game series it would be shocking if they’re even capable of getting one win in this series.

Clippers over Mavericks in 4 games

 

Eastern Conference 

Orlando Magic Vs Milwaukee Bucks

This will be a nice little warm-up for the Bucks to start off the postseason. The Magic will be lucky if they get one win in this series because they look like a JV squad compared to the Bucks. I’m not expecting much from this series other than an ass kicking coming the Magic’s way courtesy of the Bucks!

Bucks over Magic in 4 games

 

Indiana Pacers Vs Miami Heat

This will be the best matchup coming out of the East in the first round. The Pacers have by far been the biggest surprise and have been one of the most dominant teams the last couple of weeks. T.J. Warren has been a man on fire, leading the Pacers to a ton of dominating and surprising wins. Warren has been playing at an MVP level since the restart and I expect him to give the Heat major problems in this series. The Heat aren’t chumps though and Jimmy Butler is a baller, and when he gets to the postseason he takes his game to a whole other level. This should be a back and forth series that will be hard fought until the end, but Jimmy Butler is the truth and he has the receipts to prove what a beast he is in the postseason and I can’t pick against that, at least in this matchup.

Heat over Pacers in 7 games

 

Philadelphia 76ers Vs Boston Celtics

Since the restart of the season the team playing the least inspired basketball right now are the 76ers! Not one player is playing with any type of heart on the court, they all look like they’re just going through the motions. The Celtics on the other hand have picked up right where they left off before the league shutdown. I expect the 76ers to step it up a bit now that they’re playing for something, but even so the Celtics look more cohesive as an overall team and they should be able to handle the 76ers in a seven game series. I don’t expect this to be much of a challenge for the Celtics with what I’ve seen from the 76ers, but maybe they can surprise me and make this a good series to watch!

Celtics over 76ers in 5 games

 

Brooklyn Nets Vs Toronto Raptors

I anticipate that this matchup is going to be one of the most boring by far in the first round. The Nets backup squad has absolutely no chance to even win one game in this series. I’d be surprised if just one of these games ends up being a close one in the end. The Raptors will have no problems moving onto the next round!

Raptors over Nets in 4 games