Now that they don't have to worry about Serge Ibaka, the Spurs have an easier road to get back to the NBA Finals. (zowienews)

Now that the Conference Championships are underway, it’s time to get to it. Both the Pacers and Heat had their struggles late in the season, but the Heat have had a much easier time in the playoffs so far. The Spurs and Thunder both have many dangerous weapons at their disposal, but the Thunder have lost Serge Ibaka for the remainder of the playoffs due to a calf injury and have no way to replicate his success in the paint.

Still, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook remaining, the Thunder are getting some looks from our experts, either to win or make things interesting. On the other side, Indiana’s prolonged troubles don’t give them much hope against LeBron and co, even starting with home-court advantage.

As before, picking the winner of a series is worth two points and picking how many games it will last is worth one point.

So check below for everyone’s third round picks, and check back once the Finals are set for the updated results. Continue reading 2014 NBA Playoff Expert Picks: Third Round »

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A highly controversial call has Doc Rivers fuming and OKC moving on to the Conference Finals. (NBA/TNT video)

The NBA is down to its final four, a pair of top two seeds. Miami and San Antonio cruised, while Indiana and OKC had to work a little harder. The Thunder also got a huge amount of help, at least in Doc Rivers’ opinion.

With many of our experts in agreement, it was hard to gain points. Even series lengths didn’t provide too much opportunity. But still, one point could easily make all the difference in the end.

So check out the results below so far, and come back Sunday for the Third Round picks. Continue reading 2014 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks – Second Round Results »

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After a tough first round, potent OKC gets an equally tough Clippers squad. (http://indervilla.com/)

The NBA is down to its last eight teams after an exhausting Round of 16. The Heat and Wizards are the most well-rested of the teams; can they take advantage? The Pacers were great at home over the season, but have struggled lately. The Nets swept the Heat in the regular season, but all their experience can only be hosted in older bodies. OKC and LAC are on a massive collision course, while the veteran Spurs face a Blazers’ squad fresh off a rare playoff series victory.

A case could be made for any of the eight teams, but in our Pick ‘Em, no team was unanimously selected to advance. But in a rare show of coincidental solidarity, one series was unanimously selected to go six games. Either way, most think it will be a drawn-out round for everyone.

So check below for the complete second round picks, and check back once the round is complete for the results. Continue reading 2014 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks – Second Round »

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Washington pulled off a big win over Chicago, and now looks to do the same against the East's top-seeded Pacers. (http://www.wizardio.com/)

The first round is finally over, after five of the eight series went seven games, and just one wound up as a sweep. That leaves some tired teams, but it should be a good second round. But before that, we have the results from the first round to present.

The Wizards upending the Bulls was the biggest surprise, and such lengthy series, especially in the West, weren’t always easy to see coming. The Clippers/Warriors and Blazers/Rockets were the most split series, and contributed to making some room between the top and bottom of our standings. Of course, choosing series length also helped.

As usual, complete picks are below. And check back shortly for the second round selections. Continue reading 2014 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round Results »

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One of the most exciting NBA playoff first rounds in recent memory finally came to an end last night. The NBA had its own March Madness, as there were five consecutive win or go home games over the weekend. Despite all the craziness surrounding the first round, there were only three series where the lower seed upset the favorite. The two true upsets were the fifth-seeded Washington Wizards defeating the #4 Chicago Bulls in five games and the #5 Portland Trail Blazers eliminating the #4 seed Houston Rockets in six.

The other upset, at least by seeding, was the #6 Brooklyn Nets over the third-ranked Toronto Raptors in seven games. In the eyes of the experts from Las Vegas, the Nets were favored to win the series when it first started. The question now is how will the second round shake out? Well, in the first round I picked the correct winner in six out of the eight series. Here are my predictions for round two.

Continue reading NBA Playoffs Second Round Predictions »

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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling received a lifetime ban and was fined $2.5 million by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. (Photo courtesy of Deadspin)

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver didn’t pull any punches during Tuesday’s press conference addressing Donald Sterling’s racist comments.

Having confirmed that the man on the recording was indeed the Clippers owner, Silver handed out the harshest punishment possible, giving Sterling a lifetime ban from the NBA, fining him the maximum $2.5 million, and requesting that the NBA Board of Governors force the sale of the team.

Sterling had yet to respond as of the time of publication, and it is unknown to what degree (if any) he will fight the NBA’s decision.

Continue reading Clippers Owner Sterling Banned for Life, Fined $2.5M »

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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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