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2010 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: NBA Finals

Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant, and Ray Allen all appear to be headed for monster performances in the NBA Finals. (dgaphotoshop.com)

Well, here we are. It’s the 12th meeting between Boston and (Beat) L.A. in the Finals. 32 of 63 (>50%) of all NBA titles ever belong to one of the two teams. And with the trash talking by both Boston and Los Angeles beginning in full, it’s sure to be a huge four to seven games. Hopefully, concussions and backs won’t be an issue for the Celtics; Rivers isn’t that kind of doc.

Most of us here at SoB are taking the home team (duh) to win it all, behind the leadership of Rajon Rondo, though Ray Allen is also poking his nose into our MVP debate. For the two of us taking the Lakers, Kobe Bryant was an easy choice for MVP. It’s also shaping up to be a long series, with nobody thinking it’ll go less than six games. Together, we’re thinking Bryant will garner about 168 points throughout the series.

In addition to picking the MVP of the series, and Kobe’s total points throughout the series (as a tiebreaker), all point values have been doubled. That means picking the series winner is worth four points, while the series length and MVP are worth two points. Kobe’s scoring total is for tiebreaking purposes only.

So that’s how it all shapes up. Check below to see how we all picked, tune into ABC Thursday at 9:00 to check out Game 1, and stay tuned for the results of this year’s NBA Playoffs Pick ‘Em.

Name Andrew Brian Erikk John KC Mike P Teddy
Lakers vs
Celtics
Winner Celtics Lakers Celtics Lakers Celtics Celtics Celtics
Series
Length
6 6 6 7 7 6 6
MVP Rajon Rondo Kobe Bryant Rajon Rondo Kobe Bryant Rajon Rondo Rajon Rondo Ray Allen
Tiebreaker Kobe’s
Total Points
130 177 180 140 210 166 175
Total Points 24 24 26 21 26 25 20

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Round 3

Name Andrew Brian Erikk John KC Mike P Teddy
Magic vs
Celtics
Winner Celtics Magic Celtics Magic Magic Magic Magic
Series
Length
6 5 6 5 7 7 7
Lakers vs
Suns
Winner Suns Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Suns
Series
Length
6 5 6 5 6 6 6
Total Points 24 24 26 21 26 25 20

Table Legend

  • Two point picks are bolded.
  • One point picks are italicized.
  • Zero point picks are crossed out.

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Round 2

Name Andrew Brian Erikk John KC Mike P Teddy
Cavaliers vs
Celtics
Winner Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers
Series
Length
7 5 7 6 7 7 7
Magic vs
Hawks/Bucks
Winner Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic
Series
Length
5 5 6 6 5 6 5
Lakers vs
Jazz
Winner Jazz Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Jazz
Series
Length
7 7 6 6 7 6 7
Suns vs
Spurs
Winner Suns Suns Spurs Suns Spurs Spurs Suns
Series
Length
6 7 7 7 6 6 6
Total Points 20 22 20 19 23 22 19

Table Legend

  • Two point picks are bolded.
  • One point picks are italicized.
  • Zero point picks are crossed out.

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Round 1

Name Andrew Brian Erikk John KC Mike P Teddy
Cavaliers vs
Bulls
Winner Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers
Series
Length
-4- 6 -4- -4- 5 -4- 6
Magic vs
Bobcats
Winner Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic Magic
Series
Length
4 5 5 5 6 5 7
Hawks vs
Bucks
Winner Hawks Hawks Hawks Hawks Hawks Hawks Hawks
Series
Length
5 5 5 -4- 7 5 5
Celtics vs
Heat
Winner Celtics Celtics Celtics Heat Celtics Celtics Celtics
Series
Length
6 7 7 5 7 6 5
Lakers vs
Thunder
Winner Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers Lakers
Series
Length
5 6 -4- 6 6 6 7
Mavericks vs
Spurs
Winner Spurs Mavericks Mavericks Mavericks Mavericks Spurs Mavericks
Series
Length
7 6 6 5 7 7 6
Suns vs
Trailblazers
Winner Suns Suns Suns Suns Suns Suns Suns
Series
Length
5 6 5 7 6 7 5
Nuggets vs
Jazz
Winner Nuggets Nuggets Jazz Nuggets Jazz Jazz Nuggets
Series
Length
6 6 6 7 6 6 6
Total Points 16 16 16 12 19 18 15

Table Legend

  • Two point picks are bolded.
  • One point picks are italicized.
  • Zero point picks are crossed out.

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