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2014 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round

By on April 19, 2014 at 12:51pm
Miami is facing perhaps their toughest road yet to a title, with Indiana and several West teams waiting in the wings. (erh.noaa.gov) Miami is facing perhaps their toughest road yet to a title, with Indiana and several West teams waiting in the wings. (erh.noaa.gov)

The NBA Playoffs are upon us, and the should be good. Toronto and Washington are back in the postseason, Miami will try to three-peat from #2 in the East and a tough finish for Indiana demotes an Indiana/Miami Eastern Conference Finals from a sure thing. And that’s not to mention the loaded Western Conference.

This year’s Pick ‘Em reflects that, with three out of four unanimous first round picks coming from the East. That power out West is also leading to some picks for longer series. Still, nobody can afford to let their guard down in the least.

Scoring for the Pick ‘Em is as follows:

  • Picking the winner of a series is worth two points.
  • Picking how many games a series will last is worth one point.

So check below for the complete pick sets, and come back once the first round is complete for updated results. Continue reading 2014 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round »

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NBA First Round Predictions

April 19, 2014 at 10:00am in Featured, NBA, Opinion
Miami Heat (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)

It is that time of year again, as the 2013-14 NBA Playoffs are one day away from commencing. Questions have been pondered about the first round of the playoffs since the NBA season came to an end this past Wednesday. Questions such as: Can any of the top seeds be challenged? Will the chalk prevail? What higher seeds are dangerous? Will there be any upsets?

These questions will be answered in two weeks’ time, but here are my predictions for each first round matchup.

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On Friday morning the NBA conducted tiebreakers to determine the order or lottery odds for the upcoming Draft in four cases in which teams had identical regular season records, two of which involved the Celtics. Boston lost its random drawing for lottery odds, but won one affecting its other first-round pick.

Having both finished at 25-57, the Celtics and Utah Jazz were the only lottery teams with the same record on the season, tied for fourth worst in the league. The Jazz won that drawing, and therefore will have an extra ping-pong ball in the lottery, which will be held on May 20. With 103 of the 1,000 balls, the C’s now have a 10.3% chance of owning the first pick in the Draft.

Continue reading Celtics Go 1-1 in Draft Order Tiebreakers »

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The NBA season is over, and several seeds for the playoff teams were decided on the final day. That shifted around our Pick ‘Em results a bit. That’s especially true when the Thunder bested the Clippers for #2, securing home-court advantage in the second round. The Raptors were a surprise division winner in the East, and while the Pacers were a popular choice, rising all the way to the East’s #1 was unforeseen.

The East was a significant jumbling of seeds from what was predicted, and other the Clippers and Rockets, the West wasn’t too much better. And with the Spurs easily winning the NBA’s best record, the West was even better than the East than usual.

But how did that affect the Pick ‘Em results? Without further ado, the winner of the 2013-2014 NBA Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2013-2014 NBA Expert Picks Results »

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Joel Embiid: Future Celtic?

April 11, 2014 at 11:23pm in Celtics, Featured, Opinion
Joel Embiid (Cooper Neill/Getty Images Sport)

The Boston Celtics have had a season to forget in 2013-14. With four games remaining, the Celts own a 24-55 record, which is good for fourth worst in the NBA. The Celts did receive the potentially good news on Wednesday, April 9 that Kansas Jayhawks freshman star Joel Embiid officially declared for the NBA draft. It was rumored that Embiid was contemplating a return to Kansas for his sophomore season. With those rumors now to put to rest, should the Celtics be interested in the services of Embiid with the Draft approaching?

Embiid is a true seven footer with not only an NBA body, but also great athleticism and length. There have been college basketball and ESPN analysts who have compared Embiid to the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon. Embiid is projected to be a top three pick in June’s draft, and on many mock drafts is the number one overall pick. The Celtics right now are projected to have the fourth selection, but if they land the top pick or have a chance to draft Embiid at any point in the top five, should they?

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Spurs vs Pacers: Week 22's prediction for the NBA Finals

Just one week remains in the season, but plenty is left to decide. The top seed in the East is still a tossup. The last spots in each conference are still alive. Middle seeding could still get jumbled up. There may be favorites to win, but a lot of teams will make a strong bid to pull off some upsets, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, April 10, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 22 »

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Spurs vs Heat: Week 21's prediction for the NBA Finals

With just two weeks in the season, the playoff picture is starting to come into focus. Nine spots, including four divisions, are locked up. Home-court advantage in the East is a dead heat. The #8 spots are also very close. In fact, teams 7-9 in the West are all tied at 44-31. In fact, other than the Spurs, any team could move up or down a seed or two in quick fashion, so let’s look at what would happen if they playoffs started as of Thursday, April 3 before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 21 »

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