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.
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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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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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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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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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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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