Sunday, May 27, 2012

NBA Conference Finals Predictions

1st Round Record (6-2)

Conf Semi Record (3-1)

Eastern Conference

Boston Celtics Vs Miami Heat

God this is such a horrible matchup for me personally because these are the two teams I can't stand the most! But oh well one will lose this round and hopefully the other will lose in The Finals! This is where I thought The Eastern Conference playoffs would end up when the playoffs started. The Celtics have really stepped up their game since the second half of the season and have been back to their dominant defensive ways. Even if The Heat had a healthy Chris Bosh in the middle this would be an uphill battle for them, but with an injured Bosh or no Bosh at all Kevin Garnett is going to own The Heat in the paint! Garnett has really stepped his game up since the playoffs began and I think a lot of it has to do with him actually being healthy for once, he looks really hungry to get back to The Finals and I don't see him letting Lebron or D Wade just run around all over him like some of these other teams in The East. The Celtics have owned The Heat during the regular season and can easily match what The Heat are doing on offense because they have more weapons, a deeper bench, and play better on defense. The Heat have no one at all who will be able to play one on one against Rondo for the entire game, let alone an entire series that could end up going 7 games! The Celtics aren't intimidated by The Heat at all and actually thrive on moments like these where as The Heat, especially Lebron, crumble in the crucial moments. I never bought into The Heat hype at the start of the season, the end of the season, anytime during the playoffs and still won't even if they move onto The Finals. That's not just hater talk either, that's real talk, this team has not fixed their issues from their loss in The Finals last season and the remaining teams in the playoffs are all teams capable of taking advantage of them like The Pacers ALMOST did! This should be a good series to watch but The Celtics are going to shut a lot of people up!

Celtics over Heat 6 games

Western Conference

Oklahoma City Thunder Vs San Antonio Spurs

This series is going to be so much fun to watch if you're a basketball fan. These are the two best teams in the NBA this season, between the two of them they have only lost one game in the playoffs! Hell The Spurs are on an 18 game winning streak going back to the regular season. These teams are pretty much equal from top to bottom, two great point guards (Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook), two 6th men that come off the bench and make a difference (Manu Ginobili and James Harden) and two leaders who have been dominating all season (Tim Duncan and Kevin Durant). These are two of the top teams on offense and defense and both teams are about as healthy as you can be at this point in the season. So the winner of each game is going to be the one who takes advantage of all the little things like steals and fast break points. The Spurs have owned The Thunder ever since they moved to OKC so The Thunder have a lot to prove in this series. I picked The Thunder from the start of the season to win it all and even though The Spurs are playing really well and have Championship pedigree from coach to players, I'm going to stick with my gut on this one and go with The Thunder. I think they are finally ready to take that next step and become a Champion and become one of the elite teams in the league by beating all of the Champions before them in the Western Conference. But with all that said WHOEVER wins this matchup WILL be the Champion when it's all said and done!

Thunder over Spurs 7 games

Sunday, May 13, 2012

NBA Conference Semi Finals Predictions

1st Round Record (6-2)

Eastern Conference

Indiana Pacers Vs Miami Heat

The Pacers have been one of the surprising teams out in The East not only because they're winning, but how they're winning. They play a very paced game and once they get going they are hard to stop, so they should be able to keep up with The Heat. But unfortunately I don't think they are good enough to win a seven game series against The Heat. The Pacers won't be a chump team for The Heat to run over like most of the garbage teams in The Eastern Conference, this will actually be a good test for them and offensively they should be able to keep up, but on the defensive side that's a completely different story. That's where The Heat have the edge in this series and that will be the deciding factor in the series.

Heat over Pacers 6 games

Philadelphia 76ers Vs Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are playing some great basketball right now. They are back to their old ways playing great on defense and scoring on offense. I don't know what has got into Kevin Garnett but dude is ballin hard! Everybody was ready to count this guy out and now that he's healthy he is back to full form and talkin mad ass shit! Paul Pierce is still coming up with the clutch shots and Rondo is dishing the ball, scoring and rebounding, he does it all. The 76ers have had a good season but I don't think they have a chance against The Celtics. The Celtics are on a whole other playing level compared to them and they will make the series interesting but that's about it!

Celtics over 76ers 5 games

Western Conference

Los Angeles Clippers Vs San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs have been resting up and patiently waiting for their next opponent in the playoffs. They are a team who benefits from all this time off too because they do have a veteran squad. The Clippers were pushed to the brink in a tough series against The Grizzlies, a few of their guys got banged up in the series too. That is not a good way to be coming into a series with the way The Spurs have been playing this season. Like I said in the last series I don't believe in The Clippers and never have so I think their run will be over in this round. I think The Spurs will dominate The Clippers and it won't even be that great of a series to watch unless you're a Spurs fan!

Spurs over Clippers 5 games

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Oklahoma City Thunder

From the start of the season I picked The Thunder to be The Champions so I am not surprised at all to see how much they dominated The Mavs in the first round of the playoffs. If The Lakers want any chance of winning this series Gasol and Bynum have to play well and the bench has to step it up. We never have to worry about Kobe, he comes out and does his job night in and night out, but he needs the rest of his team to step it up and play with the same heart or else they will get run over by this fast paced Thunder squad! There will be a little more animosity due to Artest and his elbow to Harden's head, so if there wasn't already enough hatred between these two teams it got worse with that! This will be a good series to watch and I'm sure I will have a million heart attacks throughout. I am picking The Lakers to win the series but that's only because I'm a fan of them. I won't be shocked at all if they lose this series. But when you have Kobe anything is possible!!

Lakers over Thunder 7 games