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Its NBA Playoff Eve and here is my predictions for this year! I will be doing a podcast later on to give you my MVP and other awards but this part is better served via article. So, lets get started.
The Eastern Conference
(1) Boston v (8) Chicago
This one is not going to be all the entertaining. For starters the Bulls don’t belong in the playoffs. Miami was the best team down the stretch and missed out because they started poorly. This series will however show a few things. One of key things is being whether or not Jimmy Butler is indeed an NBA Superstar. I don’t think he is, if I’m being honest. Boston 4-1.
(4) Washington v (5) Atlanta
Don’t let the hot finish by Atlanta serve as a smoke screen. The Wizards have a much more talented roster, in my opinion, than most give them credit for. With all of that being said I still believe this one goes to 6, minimum. Why, you ask? Well, the Wizards have a tendency to play down to their opponent. Washington 4-2.
(3) Toronto v (6) Milwaukee
The Bucks are young. They are also fun to watch, ESPECIALLY the GREEK FREAK. He made some history this year leading his team in all major statistical categories. However, that is the problem, after him their isn’t much to love about this team. Toronto is way too talented and it will show. Toronto 4-1.
(2) Cleveland v (7) Indiana
These two teams gave us a great matchup the last time we saw them play one another. However, Cavs took 3 of 4 from the Pacers on the season. I don’t expect much to be different in the playoffs. Cavs 4-1.
The Western Conference
(1) Golden State v (8) Portland
Lillard is an idiot. GSW 4-0.
(4) LAC v (5) Utah
I really want to like this series but I just cant. I like Gordon Hayward but aside from him, I am not a huge fan of the remainder of guys on that team. Clippers also seem to be getting it together just in the right time. 8-2 in their last 10 games the Clippers knocked off the likes of Utah, Washington, SA, and Houston in that stretch. Utah has pretty good D but still LAC 4-2.
(3) Houston v (6) Oklahoma City
How fortunate are as NBA fans to have the two MVP candidates go HEAD-TO-HEAD in the opening round of the playoffs? Although, I do believe the MVP should be a REGULAR SEASON AWARD ONLY award this will weigh on voters minds. Houston is really doing things under D’Antoni. Also, this roster is much better then people make it out to be. Russ is working with nothing but Oladipo. However, I expect his to have some amazing fireworks, therefore, this pick is more of me wishing we get them. Lets go 7! Houston 4-3.
(2) San Antonio v (7) Memphis
I feel like no one has talked about the Grizz this year at all. They hit some bumps due to injury but seemed to keep the boat from completely sinking. This team is gritty man, like really freaking tough. However, there is only one thing to say, Popovich. Spurs 4-2.