NBA Playoffs Picks: Conference Finals

Sunday, 27 May 2012, 17:36 | Category : NBA
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So far I’ve picked most of the winners right, but I have not been right on with the games. At least I’ve been in the ballpark.

OKC Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs: This should be an amazing matchup. You’ve got the speedy point guards and the lefty capable of taking over the game coming off the bench. Where the Thunder have their biggest advantage is Kevin Durant. The Thunder have players that can guard Tim Duncan, but the Spurs don’t have anybody that matches up great against KD. Having said that, Stephen Jackson is no scrub on D.

Other than that, the Spurs nudge the Thunder in every other category. While the Thunder can score on anybody, they also rely heavily on the jump shot. What are they going to do when the Spurs’ D gets locked in? Because even the Spurs guards can get points almost at will when they need to. It is hard to imagine the Spurs losing at all the way they’ve been playing. But I think they’re win streak will come to an end this series. The question is, how many games can the Thunder pull out? Because if it is close in the final minutes, the Spurs won’t lay down like the Lakers did. Spurs in 5. But the Thunder are capable of pulling out two if their shots keep falling.

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat: I hate to say this, but LeBron and Wade have been playing lights out. Early in the playoffs, Magic Johnson was saying how if you have two of the best players in the world, no one else on the team should matter. He said they just need to go out there and play ball. I still thought the Heat would win that last series (one of the few I predicted right on), but I didn’t not think it was going to be because those two both would play that well at the same time. Not to mention they team can play defense.

The Celtics do alright on defense too. The question is, can the hobbled Celtics get enough scoring to compete against the Heat. This Celtics team can never be counted out. They are true competitors and know how to win. Before the last series, I would have confidently predicted the Celtics to win the series, now I’m not so sure. I think it’ll be the Heat, but that it will take them 7 to do it. I Hope I’m wrong.

NBA Playoffs Picks: Western Conference Semi-Finals

Monday, 14 May 2012, 17:46 | Category : NBA
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I’m going to just hurry and get my picks up before these games begin.

LA Lakers vs. OKC Thunder: I was pleasantly surprised by the Thunder’s killer instinct in the way they closed out the sweep against the Mavs. They didn’t let up at all; on the contrary, they pushed even harder in game 4. The Lakers, on the other hand, were barley able to close out the Nuggets. Key players were disinterested in important games. In the end, the Lakers did close it out, but they won’t be able to mess around like that against the Thunder. Thunder in 6.

LA Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs: It will be fun to watch the match-up of Chris Paul and Tony Parker, but other than that, I don’t see how the Clips are really going to compete. I still think the Grizz were the better team. If they hadn’t let game 1 slip away, we would be seeing an awesome rematch. However, I was wrong about the Clippers before so you never really know. I say Spurs in 5.

NBA Playoffs Picks: Eastern Conference Semi-Finals

Saturday, 12 May 2012, 21:53 | Category : NBA
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This s late getting up, but I assure you tonight’s game did not effect my picks in the least.

First off, let’s evaluate how I did last round. I don’t think there were many people thought that the floundering Sixers would be able to defeat even a shorthanded Bulls team, especially considering that Chicago did well without key players all season long. The Celtics-Hawks series could have pretty easily turned into a 7 game series. I nailed the Pacers in 5. The Heat-Knicks series on the other hand…I am ashamed to admit, I got caught up in the hype of the series. I never really bought into New York all year, then Melo went on a tare.

Now onto my picks:

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics: I am excited for a classic rivalry match-up. I love seeing these young teams have success. But I torn on who to root for. I want to see the Sixers continue their improbably run, but I don’t think they stand a chance against the Heat in the next round. I would rather see the Heat lose than the Sixers move on. Besides my bias, as old as this Boston team is, they just know how to win. I still think there are some match-up problems. Boston in 6.

Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat: Again, I really like this Pacers team and I hate the Heat. Indiana has a chance if they play this series very physically, but they are going to need Hibbert to just dominate, because LeBron will shut Granger down. David West will be another Key. I think this could turn into a scrappy series, but ultimately the Heat will win in 6. But I don’t think they will be blow out wins for the Heat.

As always, I guess we’ll see.

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