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If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 19

Heat vs Spurs: Week 19's prediction for the NBA Finals

The season is nearing an end, but there’s still plenty of movement afoot. The teams are just about set (though there is still some room to make it into the brackets in the West), though many teams are within a win or two (or as many losses) from changing multiple seeds at once. A pair of active, double-digit win streaks is only adding to the intrigue of the season. With all the intrigue in the NBA right now, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, March 20, before the day’s games:

West

#1 San Antonio Spurs vs #8 Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are hanging around at #8, but San Antonio is keeping pace and then some, and they have only four home losses all year. The Lakers will pick off a game or two, but the veteran Spurs should be able to stay one step ahead of them.

#2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs #7 Houston Rockets

Houston is doing its best to keep up and avoid dropping a seed. Meanwhile, the Thunder have won eight of ten and show no signs of slowing down. The Thunder have a large stockpile of energetic talent, and they’ll use all of it.

#3 Memphis Grizzlies vs #6 Golden State Warriors

Memphis may not be winning at Miami’s pace, but they’re doing a respectable job. Golden State is doing alright, but they’re still 7.5 games behind Memphis, and are 17-20 away from home. The Warriors should make things quite interesting, but Memphis should be able to pull out a gritty victory in the end.

#5 Denver Nuggets vs #4 Los Angeles Clippers

13 straight wins have the Nuggets on the rise, to say the least. Los Angeles is a good team, but they’ve lost home-court to Denver by half a game. With the roll Denver is on, it’ll take a supreme effort to stop them, something more than the Clippers can muster.

East

#1 Miami Heat vs #8 Milwaukee Bucks

Miami has now won 23 games in a row. What does Milwaukee expect to happen?

#2 Indiana Pacers vs #7 Boston Celtics

Boston put up a very good performance against Miami, but they still have health issues. Thankfully for Boston, Kevin Garnett is about to return, and they are 2-0 against Indiana so far this season. If everything’s cooking on all cylinders for Boston, Indiana could be in for an upset.

#3 New York Knicks vs #6 Chicago Bulls

Neither side is doing very well right now. The Knicks have health issues to work through, and it’s obvious Chicago has been knocked down a notch without Derrick Rose. With proper rest, though, New York should be healthy, or at least healthy enough, for the first round.

#4 Brooklyn Nets vs #5 Atlanta Hawks

Despite being back at #5, Atlanta still has a ways to go in order to make some noise in the postseason. Brooklyn has two games on Atlanta, giving them home-court advantage, which works very well for a team when both a pretty close like these two are. Without some last minute improvement, Atlanta will keep things close, but still be at a disadvantage.

What Might Change Next Week:

  • Look for Denver to continue their winning ways and jump up a couple of spots.

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Discussion

One comment for “If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 19”

  1. Things have changed a bit in the standings, and it’s now looking like the Nuggets would play the Golden State Warriors first round, but with how tight the race has become, who knows what’s going to happen? I can see each team in the western playoffs being capable of beating ANY other team, so there’s not much need for speculation, lol. I like to keep tabs on the rest of the west, when I’m not watching a Nuggets game, and with my new app I can turn the games on live, on my iPad, as soon as my shift at DISH ends. I like watching the games on the bus ride home, and DISH Anywhere lets me take all my live TV and DVR with me on-the-go. It’s like watching the game from my couch at home, except for all the rabid OKC fans on the bus next to me!

    Posted by matt | March 27, 2013, 1:37 pm

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