Pacers vs Spurs: Week 10's prediction for the NBA Finals

10 weeks are gone from the season, and it’s already almost half over. There’s still plenty of room to make it in in the East, what with how most of the conference is faring. The West is more settled for its half of the bracket, but seeding is still anyone’s guess. A lot is changing in the league every night, especially with Andrew Bynum now available, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, January 9 before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 10 »

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Thunder vs Pacers: Week 9's prediction for the NBA Finals

Nine weeks into the season, the playoff teams are starting to come into view. Seeding, though, is very much up for grabs in various patches throughout the brackets. Any of five teams right now could walk away with home-court advantage through the Finals, so the top of the brackets aren’t exempt by any means. With quite a bit still to be decided, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, January 2, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 9 »

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If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 8

December 27, 2013 at 7:00pm in Celtics, NBA
Trail Blazers vs Pacers: Week 8's prediction for the NBA Finals

The season is already two months old, and things still aren’t looking much better for the East. The West is breeding much better competition overall, but both conferences are still pretty tight. And with Indiana and Miami, the West certainly isn’t guaranteed to produce the next NBA Champion. A lot is still going on all over the league, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Friday, December 27, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 8 »

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If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 7

December 19, 2013 at 7:02pm in Celtics, NBA
Thunder vs Pacers: Week 7's prediction for the NBA Finals

Seven weeks are gone in the NBA season, and three teams are above .500 in the East. Beyond the front few teams, the teams are as clustered as they can be, and especially in the East several teams ranked ninth and lower are in the running. Trading season is off and running, and many teams have interests and holes to fill. A lot can and will happen in the next week, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, December 19, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 7 »

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If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 6

December 12, 2013 at 7:43pm in Celtics, NBA
Pacers vs Trail Blazers: Week 6's prediction for the NBA Finals

We’re now past 20 games into the season, and things remain especially bleak in the East for any non-Miami or Indiana team. The West has a bit of a clique on top, though many more Western teams still have a pretty good chance to make a run. In both conferences, teams are clustered all around each other, leaving room for near-instantaneous movement up and down a few seeds, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, December 12, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 6 »

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Pacers vs Trail Blazers: Week 5's prediction for the NBA Finals

The season is already almost a quarter of the way over, and it’s still a hot-bed of competition. In the West, all but Utah and Sacramento are within two games of a playoff spot. In the East, four teams, including a division winner, are sub-.500 but in the playoffs. Another two, including the third seed, are at .500. The West is clearly the superior conference, but that could work against them in the Finals with the first two round for Miami and Indiana seemingly amounting to a few weeks of rest. Both conferences thus have plenty of close adversaries for playoff seeding for two very different reasons, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, November 5, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 5 »

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If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 4

November 28, 2013 at 9:14pm in Celtics, NBA
Pacers vs Spurs: Week 4's prediction for the NBA Finals

A month is gone in the NBA season on Thanksgiving, and there’s plenty of room for movement. Other than Indiana and Miami, no East team is above .500. Meanwhile, three .500 or better teams in the West aren’t even in the playoffs. Seeding is still very clogged up, so anyone could be anywhere in not too much time, for the most part. While all 30 teams are resting on Thanksgiving, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, November 28: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 4 »

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