The Heat and Spurs will duke it out once more for basketball's greatest prize. (

The NBA Finals are here, and it’s a rematch from the previous season with San Antonio and Miami squaring off for all the marbles. Of the past six such rematches, only Michael Jordan’s Bulls were able to win both years. But if anyone else can duplicate the feat, it’s LeBron James and his loaded lineup. Of course, San Antonio can win just as easily. That fact made its way into our predictions, with our experts split as to who will win. However, most agree on a lengthy series, which would certainly be appropriate for something of this magnitude.

For the Finals, we’ve added the scoring category of choosing the Finals MVP, which was generally easy to choose for for either team that was picked to win. And in addition, all picks are doubled! That means that picking the winner of the series is worth four points, while picking how many games the series will last and the MVP are worth two points each.

And in the event any of our experts tie, we’ll also be predicting how many points will be scored in the series’ FINAL GAME by Miami’s Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh COMBINED.

So check below for our picks, and come back when the Finals is complete for the final standings and results. Continue reading 2014 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: NBA Finals »

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Heat vs Spurs: Round Two

June 5, 2014 at 4:55pm in Featured, NBA, Opinion
Heat and Spurs fight in finals

Ever since last October 30, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs have been on a collision course to meet in the 2014 NBA Finals. The Heat and Spurs are once again the last two teams standing, and will clash in the Finals for the second consecutive season. It is the first time that the same two teams will play in the Finals since 1997 and 1998, when the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz faced off in back-to-back years. In 2013, the Heat needed a game seven at home to capture its second straight NBA Championship. Will it be the same story in 2014?

The rematch

The Heat’s and Spurs’ rosters are very similar to last year’s. Mike Miller for the Heat and Gary Neal for the Spurs are key players that will not be in this year’s Finals, while Miami added Rashard Lewis and San Antonio now has Marco Belinelli in the fold. The Spurs have home court advantage this time around, but Miami has had an easier road getting to the Finals. San Antonio needed seven games just to get out of the first round against the Dallas Mavericks, and had a tough six-game series in the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Miami, on the other hand, has only lost three games in the playoffs. The question now is, will the Heat complete the three-peat, or will the Spurs avenge their 2013 Finals disappointment? Continue reading Heat vs Spurs: Round Two »

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Miami is seeking a three-peat in its fourth straight Finals appearance after dispatching Indiana. (

The Finals are set, as Miami and San Antonio have advanced. The did so by dispatching the Pacers and Thunder in six games each. San Antonio especially had a tougher time than it anticipated, with Serge Ibaka making an early return to the Thunder. Still, it was not to be for OKC.

As for our contest, the Thunder cost some of our experts, with precious few points available at this point. But the six game series did manage to help out a bit for some.

But the contest is not over yet. One more round remains, the picks for which will be presented Thursday for Game 1. Stay tuned for them, but until then, updated results are below. Continue reading 2014 NBA Playoff Expert Picks: Third Round Results »

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Julius Randle (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Sport)

The NBA Draft lottery wasn’t kind to the Celtics, who entered it with the fifth-best odds of getting the top pick but wound up with the sixth selection. Boston will also have the 17th overall pick as a result of the blockbuster that sent the remaining members of the Big Three to Brooklyn, and which will continue to pay dividends for the C’s until the 2018 Draft. The Celtics will not, however, have a second-round selection, as they traded theirs to Dallas when they moved up to take Kelly Olynyk last year.

So, while Indiana, Miami, Oklahoma City and San Antonio continue to compete for the 2013-14 Championship, in Boston it’s time to start looking at some of the prospects the Celtics could target on June 26, starting today with the sixth pick (and leaving aside, for now, the Kevin Love trade rumors). Considering, as it currently seems, that the top three will feature some combination of Duke’s Jabari Parker and Kansas’s Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, the first prospect on our radar is Julius Randle of Kentucky: Continue reading Celtics 2014 Draft Targets: Julius Randle »

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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. (

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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