Pacers vs Spurs: Week 11's prediction for the NBA Finals

Teams are coming up on the halfway mark on the season, and the West continues to have many of the league’s best teams, though race for #8 in the East is at least entertaining as well, albeit for a different reason. Indiana and Miami are well-entrenched in their respective seeds, while San Antonio is trying to pull away in the West, which won’t be easy with the top teams in that conference on the loose. Teams have plenty to think about with the All-Star Game and trade deadline about a month away, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, January 16 at 7:00pm: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 11 »

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The trade looks like a win-win for the Celtics and Crawford, the biggest name dealt in the three-team trade. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

On Wednesday, the Celtics completed their second trade in less than ten days, sending shooting guards MarShon Brooks and Jordan Crawford to Golden State. While the Warriors traded point guard Toney Douglas to the Heat, Boston received former Miami center Joel Anthony, a conditional first-round draft pick, a 2016 second-rounder and cash considerations.

The move essentially confirms the Celtics’, or at least Danny Ainge’s, intention to tank on the 2013-14 season, which may or may not have been motivated by the recent nine-game losing streak that knocked Boston out of playoff position. This doesn’t mean it was a bad trade, however. Both Brooks and Crawford will be free agents after this season, while Anthony will have a player option to remain in Boston through 2014-15, but that would only cost the Celtics $3.8 million.

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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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