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If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 2

Knicks vs Spurs: Week 2's prediction for the NBA Finals

Just two weeks into the season, the Lakers have already made a coaching change, even spurning Phil Jackson, who expected to return to the team. The Knicks are the only unbeaten team left, while the Celtics are taking a while to get their depth going. Memphis, San Antonio and Miami are going strong, and even the Nets and Timberwolves are getting in on all the early season action. Plenty of storylines are looking to develop early on in the season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, November 14 before the day’s games:

West

#1 San Antonio Spurs vs #8 Phoenix Suns

Both teams have started out well at home, but Phoenix is struggling on the road early. San Antonio is just as good as they have been for some time. Without some road ability, Phoenix will have a difficult time against seasoned veterans.

#2 Memphis Grizzlies vs #7 Utah Jazz

Both teams are 3-0 at home, but Memphis also does well on the road, and is as scrappy as they’ve ever been. Utah has some talent themselves, but they may have issues matching Memphis’ intensity.

#3 Oklahoma City Thunder vs #6 New Orleans Hornets

The young guns on the Hornets have them above .500, but Oklahoma City has won five straight, and has the experience and power advantage. OKC should be able to pick this win up without too much trouble.

#4 Los Angeles Clippers vs #5 Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves are off to a good start, even with injuries to stars Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. Still, without a healthy core, Los Angeles‘ explosiveness will overwhelm Minnesota eventually.

East

#1 New York Knicks vs #8 Charlotte Bobcats

Just about nobody sees the Bobcats doing anything this season, and while they are 3-3, they haven’t yet won on the road. With the Knicks at 5-0 overall and with plenty of talent on their roster, look for the Bobcats to fall off sooner rather than later.

#2 Miami Heat vs #7 Chicago Bulls

Chicago is off to an iffy start without Derrick Rose, and it doesn’t get easier for them against the Heat. Subtract Rose, add Ray Allen, make the Heat 4-0 at home and Miami is looking good.

#3 Milwaukee Bucks vs #6 Boston Celtics

Both teams are distinctively better on the road so far, and each team has won on the road in the season series already. That gives Boston the edge, but they’ve still had a hard time overall getting going this year and staying in games. If that depth gets going on Boston’s bench, Milwaukee will be in for a hard time. Even if it doesn’t, Milwaukee will definitely need to get better at defending their home turf.

#4 Brooklyn Nets vs #5 Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia is another good early road team, but Andrew Bynum won’t make his debut for the team due to injury for a couple of months at least. Right now, Philadelphia is getting no return on its investment, and is struggling to keep up using its remaining roster, leaving the door open for Brooklyn to take care of business.

What Might Change Next Week:

  • Look for Dallas to take over for Phoenix thanks to the schedule maker.
  • Ditto for Atlanta taking over for Charlotte.
  • Of course, when it’s this close early on, look for any number of changes to occur.

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