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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If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 3

November 22, 2013 at 7:00pm in Celtics, NBA
Spurs vs Pacers: Week 3's prediction for the NBA FInals

It’s three weeks into the season now, and we’re getting a sense of who will be a contender and who will be playing for ping pong balls. The Pacers, Spurs and Blazers are doing quite well for themselves, while the Bucks and Jazz are having quite a bit of difficulties. The West is still populated by winners, while the East features three playoff teams with losing records, one of which leads a division. With teams jostling each other all over the place, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Friday, November 22, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 3 »

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If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 2

November 14, 2013 at 8:00pm in Celtics, NBA
Pacers vs Spurs: Week 2's prediction for the NBA Finals

Two weeks into the season is a great time for surprise teams to make an early impression, and that’s been happening so far. Miami isn’t the one running away with things. Houston and Brooklyn are having trouble establishing themselves. Phoenix, Portland, Charlotte and Philadelphia are all among the teams doing fairly well early. Everyone has won a game so far as well in the initial effort to solidify a rough standing for the season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, November 14 before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 2 »

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2013-2014 NBA Expert Picks

October 29, 2013 at 7:54pm in Celtics, Featured, NBA, Now!, Opinion
The rebuilding Celtics are the biggest story of the offseason; how will it affect the NBA? (http://vlsportysexycool.com/)

The NBA season has started anew, and with the likes of Kobe Bryant and Russell Westbrook out to start the season, Miami is in a good position for a three-peat, though they will have to get past Derrick Rose and a new-look Nets squad. The West is a bit harder to pick at the top, with the Clippers’ new coach and Rockets’ new center looking to shake up the standings, if not claim the top spot outright.

Rose’s return hasn’t been enough to restore complete confidence in our panel of experts, while Dwight Howard’s addition to Houston, while definitely helping, doesn’t look to push them into a contending spot. The Mavericks and Timberwolves are beginning to get some notice for the lower playoff spots, while the Raptors, Wizards, Pistons and Cavaliers are doing the same in the East.

In the NBA Pick ‘Em for 2013-2014, picking a team to make the playoffs is worth one point, or two points instead for correctly guessing a division winner instead. Correctly guessing a #1 seed exactly is worth eight points, then seven points for #2 exactly, and so on. Guessing which team will end up with the NBA’s best record is also worth two points. In the event of a tie, we’ll also be guessing which team will finish with the NBA’s worst record, then second-worst, then third-worst.

So now that the scoring has been laid out, check below for everyone’s picks, and check back once the season is complete for the results. Continue reading 2013-2014 NBA Expert Picks »

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With the Miami Heat coming off their second consecutive NBA Championship, and LeBron James looking nearly unstoppable, the same question we asked prior to last season is still valid today: Who can beat the Heat?

The San Antonio Spurs were: one rebound/made free-throw/missed-Ray Allen-game-tying three pointer-in-the-final-seconds from doing so in Game 6 of the Finals last year.

What about this season? Continue reading NBA Season Preview and Predictions: 2013-14 »

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