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mightybosstone
04-17-2014, 09:50 AM
I can't believe the schedule is out already and nobody has posted one of these yet. Select who you think will win each round and in how many games. Select a champion and a Finals MVP. Here are the matchups, just for reference:

Western Conference
(8) Dallas Mavericks vs. (1) San Antonio Spurs
(7) Memphis Grizzlies vs. (2) Oklahoma City Thunder
(6) Golden State Warriors vs. (3) Los Angeles Clippers
(5) Portland Trailblazers vs. (4) Houston Rockets

Eastern Conference
(8) Atlanta Hawks vs. (1) Indiana Pacers
(7) Charlotte Bobcats vs. (2) Miami Heat
(6) Brooklyn Nets vs. (3) Toronto Raptors
(5) Washington Wizards vs. (4) Chicago Bulls

As for conversation, who does everyone think could get upset early on? What matchups down the road could be interesting? And who are some darkhorse candidates to win the title?

North Yorker
04-17-2014, 09:51 AM
TOR/BKN are the 3 and 6 seeds.

mightybosstone
04-17-2014, 11:05 AM
Wow, apparently nobody else wants to start this off. So I will...

Western Conference

Spurs over Mavericks 4-0
Thunder over Grizzlies 4-2
Clippers over Warriors 4-2
Rockets over Blazers 4-1

Spurs over Rockets 4-3
Thunder over Clippers 4-3

Thunder over Spurs 4-2

Eastern Conference

Pacers over Hawks 4-2
Heat over Bobcats 4-1
Nets over Raptors 4-3
Bulls over Wizards 4-2

Bulls over Pacers 4-3
Heat over Nets 4-3

Heat over Bulls 4-2

Championship
Heat over Thunder 4-2
Finals MVP: Lebron James

goingfor28
04-17-2014, 11:13 AM
Spurs 4-0
Thunder 4-2
Clippers 4-2
Rockets 4-2

Pacers 4-1
Heat 4-1
Nets 4-2
Bulls 4-3

Spurs 4-2
Clippers 4-3

Pacers 4-3
Nets 4-3

Spurs 4-2

Nets 4-3

Spurs 4-2

My predictions

KnicksorBust
04-17-2014, 11:28 AM
I can't believe the schedule is out already and nobody has posted one of these yet. Select who you think will win each round and in how many games. Select a champion and a Finals MVP. Here are the matchups, just for reference:

Western Conference
(8) Dallas Mavericks vs. (1) San Antonio Spurs
(7) Memphis Grizzlies vs. (2) Oklahoma City Thunder
(6) Golden State Warriors vs. (3) Los Angeles Clippers
(5) Portland Trailblazers vs. (4) Houston Rockets

Eastern Conference
(8) Atlanta Hawks vs. (1) Indiana Pacers
(7) Charlotte Bobcats vs. (2) Miami Heat
(6) Brooklyn Nets vs. (3) Toronto Raptors
(5) Washington Wizards vs. (4) Chicago Bulls

As for conversation, who does everyone think could get upset early on? What matchups down the road could be interesting? And who are some darkhorse candidates to win the title?

Heat will win the Finals.

Darkhorse candidates:
Clippers
Rockets

Potential upsets:
Nets
Grizzlies

I was high on the Warriors but with the injuries I don't see them making a run anymore.

KnicksorBust
04-17-2014, 11:31 AM
Wow, apparently nobody else wants to start this off. So I will...


You posted it at 10am on a Thursday! What were you expecting an hour later? :laugh: I made a thread about the Pelicans future. THAT will have some trouble getting off the ground. :)

mightybosstone
04-17-2014, 11:34 AM
You posted it at 10am on a Thursday! What were you expecting an hour later? :laugh: I made a thread about the Pelicans future. THAT will have some trouble getting off the ground. :)

This is true. But in my defense this thread had already been buried to the bottom half of the front page within like half an hour.

TylerSL
04-17-2014, 11:34 AM
Eastern Conference

Quarterfinals

1. Indiana vs. 8. Atlanta-Indiana 4-2
2. Miami vs. 7. Charlotte-Miami 4-1
3. Toronto vs. 6. Brooklyn-Toronto 4-3
4. Chicago vs. 5. Washington-Chicago 4-2

Semifinals

1. Indiana vs. 4. Chicago-Chicago 4-2
2. Miami vs. 3. Toronto-Miami 4-1

Finals

2. Miami vs. 4. Chicago-Miami 4-2



Western Conference

Quarterfinals

1. San Antonio vs. 8. Dallas-San Antonio 4-0
2. Oklahoma City vs. 7. Memphis-Oklahoma City 4-2
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. Golden State-Los Angeles Clippers 4-3
4. Houston vs. 5. Portland-Houston 4-3

Semifinals

1. San Antonio vs. 4. Houston-San Antonio 4-2
2. Oklahoma City vs. 3. Los Angeles Clippers-Oklahoma City 4-3

Finals

1. San Antonio vs. 2. Oklahoma City-San Antonio 4-3

NBA Finals

1. San Antonio vs. 2 Miami-Miami 4-2


*note NBA Finals format is no longer 2-3-2, instead 2-2-1-1-1

leprechaun5
04-17-2014, 11:38 AM
Spurs over Mavs 4-0
OKC over Grizzlies 4-1
Clippers over Warriors 4-1
Rockets over Blazers 4-3

Spurs over Rockets 4-1
OKC over Clippers 4-3

OKC over Spurs 4-2


Pacers over Hawks 4-2
Heat over Bobcats 4-1
Nets over Raptors 4-2
Wizards over Bulls 4-2

Heat over Nets 4-3
Wizards over Pacers 4-2

Heat over Wizards 4-1

Thunder over Heat 4-2

Matter.
04-17-2014, 11:43 AM
Western Conference

Spurs over Mavericks 4-0
Thunder over Grizzlies 4-2
Clippers over Warriors 4-2
Rockets over Blazers 4-1

Spurs over Rockets 4-2
Thunder over Clippers 4-2

Thunder over Spurs 4-3

Eastern Conference

Pacers over Hawks 4-2
Heat over Bobcats 4-1
Raptors over Nets 4-3
Bulls over Wizards 4-2

Pacers over Bulls 4-3
Heat over Raptors 4-2

Pacers over Heat 4-3

Championship
Thunder over Pacers 4-2
Finals MVP: Kevin Durant

todu82
04-17-2014, 11:44 AM
Pacers over Hawks in 6
Heat over Bobcats in 4
Raptors over Nets in 7
Bulls over Wizards in 6

Bulls over Pacers in 6
Heat over Raptors in 7

Bulls over Heat in 6

Spurs over Mavs in 5
Thunder over Grizzlies in 7
Clippers over Warriors in 6
Rockets over Trailblazers in 5

Spurs over Rockets in 6
Clippers over Thunder in 6

Clippers over Spurs in 7

Clippers over Bulls in 6

mightybosstone
04-17-2014, 11:55 AM
I've seen a lot of interesting brackets thus far. It's intriguing to me that the Heat have the most votes in the polls, but among posters who are filling out their playoff brackets, they seem to either have the Heat winning it all or not even making the Finals in the first place. I'm surprised that three of the six brackets have the Heat getting knocked off in the Eastern Conference.

D-Leethal
04-17-2014, 11:58 AM
Surprised to see all the SAS 4-0 sweeps. I think Mavs make it a hell of a series. West bracket is sexy as hell. I like the 3-6 and 4-5 matchups out East.

mightybosstone
04-17-2014, 12:00 PM
One thing that really stands out to me about these playoffs is how strong the second round matchups have the potential to be. Houston/San Antonio, LA/OKC and Indiana/Chicago are all practically coin flips in my opinion. Houston dominated San Antonio in the regular season, The Clippers and Thunder would be such as sexy offensive series and Indiana and Chicago would be an absolute defensive slugfest. And if Brooklyn gets past Toronto, there will be a lot of people picking them to defeat Miami after the way the Nets owned the Heat in the regular season.

Not that many of the first round series pique my interest that much, but that second round has the potential to be an incredible couple of weeks of basketball.

mightybosstone
04-17-2014, 12:04 PM
Wow... 10 votes already and not a single one for San Antonio. That's kind of shocking. We got votes for Toronto and Brooklyn before a single vote for the Spurs. I expected as much from DMF, but I'm disappointed in you Saddler. :pity:

DoMeFavors
04-17-2014, 12:05 PM
Western Conference

Spurs over Mavericks 4-1
Thunder over Grizzlies 4-1
Clippers over Warriors 4-2
Blazers over Rockets 4-3

Spurs over Blazers 4-2
Thunder over Clippers 4-2

Thunder over Spurs 4-2

Eastern Conference

Pacers over Hawks 4-0
Heat over Bobcats 4-0
Nets over Raptors 4-0
Bulls over Wizards 4-1

Pacers over Bulls 4-2
Nets over Heat 4-2
Nets over Pacers 4-3

Championship
Thunder over Nets 4-2
Finals MVP: Durant

Cal827
04-17-2014, 12:09 PM
Eastern Conference 1st Round:

Pacers over Hawks 4-3 (I've got a bad feeling about the Pacers, as most do, with their end)
Bulls over Wizards 4-2

Miami over Charlotte 4-2
Toronto over Brooklyn 4-3 (Probably the best first round series in the East, could go either way)

Western Conference First Round:

San Antonio over Dallas 4-3
Thunder over Grizzlies 4-3
Clippers over Warriors 4-1
Trail Blazers over Rockets 4-3

Second Round:

Bulls over Pacers 4-1
Heat over Raptors 4-2

Trail Blazers over Spurs 4-3
Thunder over Clippers 4-3 (Best Postseason Series overall)

Conference Finals:

Thunder over Trail Blazers 4-1
Heat over Bulls 4-3

Finals:

Thunder over Miami 4-3

Cal827
04-17-2014, 12:12 PM
Western Conference

Spurs over Mavericks 4-1
Thunder over Grizzlies 4-1
Clippers over Warriors 4-2
Blazers over Rockets 4-3

Spurs over Blazers 4-2
Thunder over Clippers 4-2

Thunder over Spurs 4-2

Eastern Conference

Pacers over Hawks 4-0
Heat over Bobcats 4-0
Nets over Raptors 4-0
Bulls over Wizards 4-1

Pacers over Bulls 4-2
Nets over Heat 4-2
Nets over Pacers 4-3

Championship
Thunder over Nets 4-2
Finals MVP: Durant

:laugh: Well, at least we agree on one thing about these playoffs lol

leprechaun5
04-17-2014, 12:13 PM
No love for the Clippers at all thus far

Tony_Starks
04-17-2014, 12:13 PM
Spurs in 6 over Mavs
Clipps in 5 over Dubs
OKC sweep Grizz
Portland in 7 over Rockets

Clipps in 6 over Spurs
OKC in 5 over Portland


Clipps in 7 over OKC



Indy in 6 over ATL
Bulls in 5 over Wizards
Nets in 5 over Raptors
Heat sweep Charlotte

Indy in 7 over Bulls
Nets in 7 over Heat


Indy in 6 over Nets



Clippers in 6 over Indy
CP3 MVP Finals

king4day
04-17-2014, 12:18 PM
No love for the Clippers at all thus far

A few posts above, Todu picked them to win it all.

kdspurman
04-17-2014, 12:19 PM
One thing that really stands out to me about these playoffs is how strong the second round matchups have the potential to be. Houston/San Antonio, LA/OKC and Indiana/Chicago are all practically coin flips in my opinion. Houston dominated San Antonio in the regular season, The Clippers and Thunder would be such as sexy offensive series and Indiana and Chicago would be an absolute defensive slugfest. And if Brooklyn gets past Toronto, there will be a lot of people picking them to defeat Miami after the way the Nets owned the Heat in the regular season.

Not that many of the first round series pique my interest that much, but that second round has the potential to be an incredible couple of weeks of basketball.

I mentioned in another thread, but it's hard to take anything away from that series. 2 of those games were before the new year, and the next 2, neither team really had their full team. I just don't know if at their highest point, (post all star break)SA has played Houston yet. But if/when it happens I guess we'll see. I know Houston can be a nightmare to defend.

I don't know i would necessarily call it a coin flip, but that's just my opinion :)

Cal827
04-17-2014, 12:19 PM
A few posts above, Todu picked them to win it all.

You think the Nets? lol I'm guessing you look at playoff experience as a key.

Bruno
04-17-2014, 12:22 PM
Western Conference

Spurs over Mavericks 4-1
Thunder over Grizzlies 4-1
Clippers over Warriors 4-3
Rockets over Blazers 4-3

Spurs over Rockets 4-2
Thunder over Clippers 4-2

Thunder over Spurs 4-2

Eastern Conference

Pacers over Hawks 4-0
Heat over Bobcats 4-1
Nets over Raptors 4-3
Bulls over Wizards 4-2

Pacers over Bulls 4-1
Heat over Nets 4-3

Pacers over Heat 4-3

Championship
Thunder over Paceres 4-3
Finals MVP: Kevin Durant

mightybosstone
04-17-2014, 12:24 PM
I mentioned in another thread, but it's hard to take anything away from that series. 2 of those games were before the new year, and the next 2, neither team really had their full team. I just don't know if at their highest point, (post all star break)SA has played Houston yet. But if/when it happens I guess we'll see. I know Houston can be a nightmare to defend.

I don't know i would necessarily call it a coin flip, but that's just my opinion :)

Well, I picked the Spurs to defeat Houston in 7 games, but I do think the Rockets are one of two nightmare matchups for the Spurs. Not only can Houston keep up with San Antonio offensively, but they have elite defensive players at PG and C to focus their efforts on Duncan and Parker. The Spurs will have to get substantial contributions from Manu, Leonard and company to win that series, because they aren't going to get 20 every single night from their two best players.

mightybosstone
04-17-2014, 12:25 PM
Western Conference

Spurs over Mavericks 4-1
Thunder over Grizzlies 4-1
Clippers over Warriors 4-2
Blazers over Rockets 4-3

Spurs over Blazers 4-2
Thunder over Clippers 4-2

Thunder over Spurs 4-2

Eastern Conference

Pacers over Hawks 4-0
Heat over Bobcats 4-0
Nets over Raptors 4-0
Bulls over Wizards 4-1

Pacers over Bulls 4-2
Nets over Heat 4-2
Nets over Pacers 4-3

Championship
Thunder over Nets 4-2
Finals MVP: Durant

And yet you voted for the Nets. Clearly you're not voting honestly... :shrug:

king4day
04-17-2014, 12:27 PM
You think the Nets? lol I'm guessing you look at playoff experience as a key.

I'm not entirely confident they will win it all but I think they are built for physical series. Beating Indy, Miami, and Chicago is more obtainable than it was last season.
For the Finals, it will depend on who they play but I believe they are capable.

If they don't, the series they lose will be a slugfest.

Sofnr
04-17-2014, 12:28 PM
Spurs over Mavericks 4-2
Thunder over Grizzlies 4-3
Clippers over Warriors 4-2
Rockets over Blazers 4-3

Spurs over Rockets 4-2
Thunder over Clippers 4-3

Spurs over Thunder 4-3

Pacers over Hawks 4-2
Heat over Bobcats 4-2
Nets over Raptors 4-3
Bulls over Wizards 4-2

Bulls over Pacers 4-3
Heat over Nets 4-3

Heat over Bulls 4-2

Finals
Spurs over Heat 4-3

JasonJohnHorn
04-17-2014, 12:31 PM
Who are you picking?

kdspurman
04-17-2014, 12:32 PM
Well, I picked the Spurs to defeat Houston in 7 games, but I do think the Rockets are one of two nightmare matchups for the Spurs. Not only can Houston keep up with San Antonio offensively, but they have elite defensive players at PG and C to focus their efforts on Duncan and Parker. The Spurs will have to get substantial contributions from Manu, Leonard and company to win that series, because they aren't going to get 20 every single night from their two best players.


I saw you said Spurs in 7 I just wanted to point out when you say Houston dominated San Antonio that there were some variables to consider.

and yea that's what makes them difficult to guard is cause Green/Leonard/Belinelli/Mills/Ginobili are all capable of putting up points, so it's hard to game plan for them. So while Beverely will probably do a great job guarding TP, they have other options who are capable of scoring points.

And Dwight vs Duncan hasn't been a terrible matchup for TD even at his age. He frustrates Dwight a lot, gets him into foul trouble. It'll be interesting to watch though. & if/when that happens, we'll see the disparity between Pop/McHale too. We shall see man. Portland & Dallas will do whatever is in there power to see that matchup doesn't happen.

mjm07
04-17-2014, 12:35 PM
Western Conference

Spurs over Mavericks 4-2
Thunder over Grizzlies 4-1
Clippers over Warriors 4-1
Rockets over Blazers 4-2

Spurs over Rockets 4-3
Clips over Thunder 4-3

Spurs over Clippers 4-2

Eastern Conference

Pacers over Hawks 4-0
Heat over Bobcats 4-0
Nets over Raptors 4-2
Bulls over Wizards 4-1

Pacers over Bulls 4-3
Heat over Nets 4-2
Heat over Pacers 4-2

Championship
Heat over Spurs 4-2

Finals MVP: LBJ

mightybosstone
04-17-2014, 12:35 PM
I'm not entirely confident they will win it all but I think they are built for physical series. Beating Indy, Miami, and Chicago is more obtainable than it was last season.
For the Finals, it will depend on who they play but I believe they are capable.

If they don't, the series they lose will be a slugfest.

In the history of the NBA, only six teams with a seed 6 or lower have made the conference finals. Only three of those teams made the Finals and only one team (94-95 Rockets) won the championship, and they did so thanks to a mid-season acquisition of one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history (Clyde Drexler). The Nets are a solid team, but they're not remotely close to 94-95 Rockets good. Just to make the Finals in the first place, they'd have to beat Miami and then probably either Chicago or Indiana. And they'd have to do so on the road. Then they'd be faced with a battle tested Western Conference team that will inevitably be superior and again have home court advantage.

Are the Nets a dark horse candidate with a potential to upset a team or two? Sure. But I'll quit PSD forever if they win the NBA Finals. And you can sig quote me on that.

COOLbeans
04-17-2014, 12:41 PM
the Warriors are going to shock the league again when they advance to the 2nd round.

JasonJohnHorn
04-17-2014, 12:45 PM
the Warriors are going to shock the league again when they advance to the 2nd round.

I got the Clips winning that one. I think GSW is deeper, but I think LAC is better coaches, and has the better players and GSW (I believe) is missing Bogut, which is huge for their defense.


Grif > Lee
CP3 > Curry


Those are the Warriors two best players... they are going to have to hope that Iggy and Kay make up the difference if they want to win that series.

KnicksorBust
04-17-2014, 12:58 PM
MBT already made a prediction thread. This should be merged. :)

Cal827
04-17-2014, 01:03 PM
In the history of the NBA, only six teams with a seed 6 or lower have made the conference finals. Only three of those teams made the Finals and only one team (94-95 Rockets) won the championship, and they did so thanks to a mid-season acquisition of one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history (Clyde Drexler). The Nets are a solid team, but they're not remotely close to 94-95 Rockets good. Just to make the Finals in the first place, they'd have to beat Miami and then probably either Chicago or Indiana. And they'd have to do so on the road. Then they'd be faced with a battle tested Western Conference team that will inevitably be superior and again have home court advantage.

Are the Nets a dark horse candidate with a potential to upset a team or two? Sure. But I'll quit PSD forever if they win the NBA Finals. And you can sig quote me on that.

Toronto too... don't make me go parallel-universe Do Me Favors on your *** lol

But yeah I agree.. if the Nets do win that series, I highly doubt that it's going to be a quick one. 6 or 7 games against a division rival. Then, to draw the Heat.... Yes, they swept them in the season, but that was the season. In the playoffs, that all means nothing. I don't think either of the two Atlantic division teams get by the second round. For Toronto, they absolutely aren't if the Bobcats somehow stun the world and take out Miami lol

TylerSL
04-17-2014, 01:08 PM
One thing that really stands out to me about these playoffs is how strong the second round matchups have the potential to be. Houston/San Antonio, LA/OKC and Indiana/Chicago are all practically coin flips in my opinion. Houston dominated San Antonio in the regular season, The Clippers and Thunder would be such as sexy offensive series and Indiana and Chicago would be an absolute defensive slugfest. And if Brooklyn gets past Toronto, there will be a lot of people picking them to defeat Miami after the way the Nets owned the Heat in the regular season.

Not that many of the first round series pique my interest that much, but that second round has the potential to be an incredible couple of weeks of basketball.

this

KnicksorBust
04-17-2014, 01:08 PM
I'm not entirely confident they will win it all but I think they are built for physical series. Beating Indy, Miami, and Chicago is more obtainable than it was last season.
For the Finals, it will depend on who they play but I believe they are capable.

If they don't, the series they lose will be a slugfest.

In the history of the NBA, only six teams with a seed 6 or lower have made the conference finals. Only three of those teams made the Finals and only one team (94-95 Rockets) won the championship, and they did so thanks to a mid-season acquisition of one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history (Clyde Drexler). The Nets are a solid team, but they're not remotely close to 94-95 Rockets good. Just to make the Finals in the first place, they'd have to beat Miami and then probably either Chicago or Indiana. And they'd have to do so on the road. Then they'd be faced with a battle tested Western Conference team that will inevitably be superior and again have home court advantage.

Are the Nets a dark horse candidate with a potential to upset a team or two? Sure. But I'll quit PSD forever if they win the NBA Finals. And you can sig quote me on that.

Almost tempting enough to make me root for the Nets...

Goose17
04-17-2014, 01:23 PM
the Warriors are going to shock the league again when they advance to the 2nd round.

I know. I can't wait.


I'm going to go out on a limb and pick a couple of upsets, more because they would be fun to see than anything else...


Western Conference
Spurs over Mavs in 5.
Memphis over OKC in 7.
Warriors over Clippers in 6.
Houston over Portland in 6.

Eastern Conference
Indiana over Atlanta in 5.
Miami over Charlotte in 4.
Brooklyn over Toronto in 7.
Chicago over D.C in 5.

D-Leethal
04-17-2014, 01:28 PM
I got the Clips winning that one. I think GSW is deeper, but I think LAC is better coaches, and has the better players and GSW (I believe) is missing Bogut, which is huge for their defense.


Grif > Lee
CP3 > Curry


Those are the Warriors two best players... they are going to have to hope that Iggy and Kay make up the difference if they want to win that series.

Thats not how basketball works.

Lucky.
04-17-2014, 01:43 PM
Western Conference

Spurs over Mavericks 4-1
Thunder over Grizzlies 4-2
Clippers over Warriors 4-1
Rockets over Blazers 4-3

Spurs over Rockets 4-2
Clippers over Thunder 4-3

Spurs over Clippers 4-3

Eastern Conference

Pacers over Hawks 4-1
Heat over Bobcats 4-2
Nets over Raptors 4-3
Bulls over Wizards 4-2

Pacers over Bulls 4-3
Heat over Nets 4-2

Heat over Pacers 4-2

Championship
Heat over Spurs 4-3
Finals MVP: LeBron James


Even though I don't even have them in the finals, I could really see the Clippers winning it all.

mightybosstone
04-17-2014, 01:44 PM
Toronto too... don't make me go parallel-universe Do Me Favors on your *** lol

But yeah I agree.. if the Nets do win that series, I highly doubt that it's going to be a quick one. 6 or 7 games against a division rival. Then, to draw the Heat.... Yes, they swept them in the season, but that was the season. In the playoffs, that all means nothing. I don't think either of the two Atlantic division teams get by the second round. For Toronto, they absolutely aren't if the Bobcats somehow stun the world and take out Miami lol
This is true. Nobody should count out Toronto in that series. I picked Brooklyn, but I did it more so out of wanting to see Brooklyn/Miami in the second round. I actually think Toronto should win that series. They're not quite as battle tested as most of Brooklyn's players are, but they've certainly been the better team this season and they've got HCA. If Lowry and DeRozan get hot, I just can't see Brooklyn keeping up with them offensively.

Almost tempting enough to make me root for the Nets...
:laugh: You're such a dick.

Cal827
04-17-2014, 01:55 PM
This is true. Nobody should count out Toronto in that series. I picked Brooklyn, but I did it more so out of wanting to see Brooklyn/Miami in the second round. I actually think Toronto should win that series. They're not quite as battle tested as most of Brooklyn's players are, but they've certainly been the better team this season and they've got HCA. If Lowry and DeRozan get hot, I just can't see Brooklyn keeping up with them offensively.

:laugh: You're such a dick.

LOL, when I think of that series, the first thing that comes to mind is: DoMeFavors vs Dnewguy

mightybosstone
04-17-2014, 04:15 PM
I'm bumping this. We need more of a sample size than 26 votes and a dozen brackets. This is the NBA playoffs, people!

Shammyguy3
04-17-2014, 05:01 PM
Western Conference Round 1
(8) Dallas Mavericks vs. (1) San Antonio Spurs in 5
(7) Memphis Grizzlies vs. (2) Oklahoma City Thunder in 6
(6) Golden State Warriors vs. (3) Los Angeles Clippers in 6
(5) Portland Trailblazers vs. (4) Houston Rockets in 6

Eastern Conference Round 1
(8) Atlanta Hawks vs. (1) Indiana Pacers in 4
(7) Charlotte Bobcats vs. (2) Miami Heat in 6
(6) Brooklyn Nets vs. (3) Toronto Raptors in 7
(5) Washington Wizards vs. (4) Chicago Bulls in 6


Western Conference Semis
(4) Houston Rockets vs (1) San Antonio Spurs in 7
(3) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (2) Oklahoma City Thunder in 7

Eastern Conference Semis
(4) Chicago Bulls vs. (1) Indiana Pacers in 7
(3) Toronto Raptors vs. (2) Miami Heat in 6

Conference Finals
(2) Oklahoma City Thunder vs (1) San Antonio Spurs in 7
(4) Chicago Bulls vs (2) Miami Heat in 6

Finals
(2) Miami Heat vs (1) San Antonio Spurs in 6
Finals MVP: Tony Parker


Who does everyone think could get upset early on? Only potential upsets is BRK over TOR, which I don't think is an upset. If DAL or MEM advanced, then that's an upset but I can't see it happening
What matchups down the road could be interesting? Bulls/Pacers in the semis, Nets/Heat in semis
And who are some darkhorse candidates to win the title? I think all of SAS, OKC, LAC, MIA can win a title. A darkhorse would be IND honestly

P&GRealist
04-17-2014, 05:32 PM
The Miami Heat will 3-peat.

mightybosstone
04-17-2014, 05:44 PM
The poll's done a complete 180 from this morning. We couldn't buy a San Antonio vote earlier, but now they're creeping up on the Heat. My biggest problem with the Spurs is that there's a good chance they'll have to beat both Houston and the Thunder to make the Finals, and they're 0-8 against those teams this season. I can buy them getting past Houston, but I don't see them handling the Thunder in a 7-game series. Should they face the Clippers in the WCF instead, that's a different story.

SPURSFAN1
04-17-2014, 05:57 PM
Thunder aren't beating the spurs in the playoffs.
They weren't even supposed to beat them in 2012 playoffs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjxFgXse5oo
casual fans don't remember though.

kdspurman
04-17-2014, 06:03 PM
I'm not going to sit here and say OKC is not a tough matchup cause that'd be a lie. But I do want to emphasize again using the regular season record as any indication is not ideal. It doesn't factor in back to backs, 3 games in 4 nights, players resting/injured, etc... and that was the case for 3/4 of those games in some form or another. The only game where both had all players available was in November. You can't really take much from that IMO.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400489097

rockets-fan
04-17-2014, 07:51 PM
Spurs over Dallas 4-1

Thunder over Memphis 4-3

Warriors over clips 4-3

Rockets over Portland 4-1


Rockets over spurs 4-2

Thunder over warriors 4-3

Thunder over rockets 4-2




Miami over whoever 4-0

Pacers over whoever 4-1

Toronto over whoever 4-3

Bulls over nets 4-3


Miami over bulls in 7

Toronto over pacers in 7

Miami over Toronto in 5



Miami over thunder in 6



Bet on it!

SPURSFAN1
04-17-2014, 07:53 PM
Spurs over Dallas 4-1

Thunder over Memphis 4-3

Warriors over clips 4-3

Rockets over Portland 4-1


Rockets over spurs 4-2

Thunder over warriors 4-3

Thunder over rockets 4-2




Miami over whoever 4-0

Pacers over whoever 4-1

Toronto over whoever 4-3

Bulls over nets 4-3


Miami over bulls in 7

Toronto over pacers in 7

Miami over Toronto in 5



Miami over thunder in 6



Bet on it!

What do you wanna bet?

rockets-fan
04-17-2014, 07:54 PM
I seriously think houston got the easiest road to the conference finals they could've gotten....

They match up and play against Portland extremely well

They love playing the spurs apparently (I know post season spurs are another level) but I think they have what it takes to beat them. Way easier than playing thunder who would kill us and clippers who love playing against us.

I'm telling you, Houston might make the WCF....I just think they will knock off the spurs to everyone's surprise

rockets-fan
04-17-2014, 07:55 PM
What do you wanna bet?

Ok I was kidding on the bet lol but I'm confident in my predictions

SPURSFAN1
04-17-2014, 07:57 PM
I seriously think houston got the easiest road to the conference finals they could've gotten....

They match up and play against Portland extremely well

They love playing the spurs apparently (I know post season spurs are another level) but I think they have what it takes to beat them. Way easier than playing thunder who would kill us and clippers who love playing against us.

I'm telling you, Houston might make the WCF....I just think they will knock off the spurs to everyone's surprise

Rockets have to beat the blazers first. hahahahaha

rockets-fan
04-17-2014, 08:03 PM
Rockets have to beat the blazers first. hahahahaha

By the amount of times use said "ha" you make it seem like they can't beat them or like they're the underdogs to the blazers. I'm pretty confident the Rockets will take them rather easily BUT I wouldn't be surprised if the blazers beat them. But instinct wise, I say rockets are favored in that series

jason6692
04-17-2014, 08:11 PM
Idk if I'm just being too much of a fan but I feel like the mavs have an okay chance at upsetting the spurs and if it comes down to big shots down the stretch and late in the game I'm confident Dirk can knock a lot of them down .but again the mavs are always slept on

kdspurman
04-17-2014, 08:52 PM
Idk if I'm just being too much of a fan but I feel like the mavs have an okay chance at upsetting the spurs and if it comes down to big shots down the stretch and late in the game I'm confident Dirk can knock a lot of them down .but again the mavs are always slept on

Mavs biggest issue is defense. Dirk can only do so much offensively. Defensively, they just don't have the right personnel to upset SA, IMO.

Trwood12
04-17-2014, 09:15 PM
I don't want to just make the boring obvious predictions so here is my "upset" bracket

Pacers over hawks 4-1
Bulls over wizards 4-2
Raptors over nets 4-3
Heat over bobcats 4-0

Spurs over Mavs 4-1
Rockets over blazers 4-2
Thunder over grizlies 4-1
Clips over warriors 4-2

Bulls over Pacers 4-3
Heat over raptors 4-2

Rockets over spurs 4-3
Clippers over thunder 4-3

Bulls over heat 4-3

Clippers over rockets 4-3

Championship: Clippers over bulls 4-2

NBA_Starter
04-17-2014, 09:25 PM
Western Conference

Spurs over Mavericks 4-0
Thunder over Grizzlies 4-1
Clippers over Warriors 4-1
Rockets over Blazers 4-3

Spurs over Rockets 4-2
Thunder over Clippers 4-3

Spurs over Thunder 4-3

Eastern Conference

Pacers over Hawks 4-1
Heat over Bobcats 4-1
Nets over Raptors 4-3
Bulls over Wizards 4-3

Bulls over Pacers 4-3
Heat over Nets 4-2

Heat over Bulls 4-1

Championship
Spurs over Heat 4-3

Shammyguy3
04-17-2014, 10:03 PM
I don't want to just make the boring obvious predictions so here is my "upset" bracket

Pacers over hawks 4-1
Bulls over wizards 4-2
Raptors over nets 4-3
Heat over bobcats 4-0

Spurs over Mavs 4-1
Rockets over blazers 4-2
Thunder over grizlies 4-1
Clips over warriors 4-2

Bulls over Pacers 4-3
Heat over raptors 4-2

Rockets over spurs 4-3
Clippers over thunder 4-3

Bulls over heat 4-3

Clippers over rockets 4-3

Championship: Clippsers over bulls 4-2

Bulls Clipps would be an awesome finals series for the Clippers, but I think the Bulls would be lucky if they lost in 6. Probably only goes 5, LAC kills the Chicago with the number of playmakers on that squad

kobe4thewinbang
04-18-2014, 02:12 AM
Western Conference

FIRST ROUND
(8) Dallas Mavericks vs. (1) San Antonio Spurs | Spurs win 4-1
(5) Portland Trailblazers vs. (4) Houston Rockets | Trailblazers win 4-3
(7) Memphis Grizzlies vs. (2) Oklahoma City Thunder | Thunder win 4-1
(6) Golden State Warriors vs. (3) Los Angeles Clippers | Clippers win 4-2

SECOND ROUND
(5) Portland Trailblazers vs. (1) San Antonio Spurs | Spurs win 4-1
(3) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (2) Oklahoma City Thunder | Thunder win 4-2

CONFERENCE FINALS
(2) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (1) San Antonio Spurs | Spurs win 4-2


Eastern Conference
(8) Atlanta Hawks vs. (1) Indiana Pacers | Pacers win 4-1
(5) Washington Wizards vs. (4) Chicago Bulls | Bulls win 4-2
(7) Charlotte Bobcats vs. (2) Miami Heat | Heat win 4-1
(6) Brooklyn Nets vs. (3) Toronto Raptors | Nets win 4-2

SECOND ROUND
(4) Chicago Bulls vs. (1) Indiana Pacers | Pacers win 4-2
(6) Brooklyn Nets vs (2) Miami Heat | Heat win 4-2

CONFERENCE FINALS
(2) Miami Heat vs. (1) Indiana Pacers | Pacers win 4-3


NBA FINALS
(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (1) San Antonio Spurs | Spurs win 4-1

Comments? :shrug:

JayW_1023
04-18-2014, 03:21 AM
I'm just sticking with the first round for now. The West:

Spurs vs. Mavs
While Dirk always gives the Spurs problems with his shooting range, but I think the Spurs are too resourceful on both ends. They can diminish Ellis's penetration with their timely rotations. The Mavs don't have the defensive flexibility to circumvent both Parker and Timmy, Splitter and Kahwi around the rim and cover the Spurs's many perimeter shooters.

Spurs in five.

Rockets vs. Blazers
I think Dwight Howard and Omer Asiks rebounding will be the differencemaker in this series. Both teams like to jack it up, but the Rockets have more size up front to help once the shots aren't falling. I expect them to beat Portland on the glass most night. It'll be too close though, Portland is a more efficient offense and Lillard is as scary as Chauncey Billups in his prime.

Rockets in seven.

Thunder vs. Grizzlies
This series will be a cool clash of styles, OKC's quick hitting athleticism vs. Memphis's grinding half court game. I think Memphis takes this with their balance and rebounding. They have top defenders to throw at Russell and Durant. I just don't see the Thunder bigs stopping Z-Bo and Marc Gasol. Unless Reggie Jackson throws a coming out party, the lack of proven third scorer will eventually be OKC's demise.

Memphis in seven.

Warriors vs. LA Clippers
The Warriors obviously have Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, who can both light it up. But not having Andrew Bogut seriously compromises their interior D. I think Griffin and Jordan will have a field day around the rim. Curry will have at least one amazing game, but the Clips are too deep and well-coached.

LA Clippers in five

JayW_1023
04-18-2014, 03:31 AM
Pacers vs. Hawks
I think the Hawks plan to attack the Pacers with small ball will give Indiana a scare early on. Roy Hibbert will be out of his comfort zone if he has to get out and defend the three with guys like Ancic and Millsap lurking. Millsap is kind of the Honey Badger, he usually plays huge in an underdog role. He don't care. The Pacers overal talent and depth will prevail, but they'll be shaken up.

Pacers in seven.

Heat vs. Bobcats
The Heat have too much explosiveness and firepower for the Bobcats to match. They will make this quick and easy.

Heat in four.

Raptors vs. Nets
This series will be close, with games decided by less than five points. Toronto is young and explosive and have good shooters, but the Nets have alot of proven playoff performers. I think the Raps will eventually succumb to the Nets's postseason experience. Too many clutch scorers, too much depth, and too much playmaking prowess.

Nets in six.

Bulls vs. Washington
Washington has some young talented piece, but I think they'll hit the wall against the Bulls's incredible stingy D. Chicago are just more accustomed to postseason play and are extremely well-coached. They'll force their style of play on Washington. I expect John Wall to have a monster series, though.

Bulls in six.

Ebbs
04-18-2014, 03:32 AM
Houston was the pre-season pick if there healthy I like them still.

Portland is the team I'd want to play in the West. Rockets have beaten the Spurs.

matt800
04-18-2014, 09:06 AM
Western Conference

FIRST ROUND
(8) Dallas Mavericks vs. (1) San Antonio Spurs | Spurs win 4-0 (Spurs are the better team).

(5) Portland Trailblazers vs. (4) Houston Rockets | Portland win 4-3 (Whoever wins game 1 will win it. I would say Rockets 4-2 but Portland finished the season on a roll, 9-1 vs Rocket's 5-5, and I think they currently have the edge).

(7) Memphis Grizzlies vs. (2) Oklahoma City Thunder | Memphis win 4-2 (Memphis beat the Thunder 4-1 last year).

(6) Golden State Warriors vs. (3) Los Angeles Clippers | Clippers win 4-1 (If Bogut plays maybe GS wins, but as is Clippers in 5).

SECOND ROUND
(5) Portland Trailblazers vs. (1) San Antonio Spurs | Portland win 4-3 (Portland gives the Spurs trouble and beats them more often than not. Will be competitive).

(3) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (7) Memphis Grizzlies | Clippers win 4-3 (Memphis took the season series 2-1 so tough to say who wins).

CONFERENCE FINALS
(3) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (5) Portland Trailblazers | Portland win 4-3 (They were close in their matchups throughout the season. Portland now has an improved TRob, and healthy Freeland, so I think they have the edge. If the Rockets beat Portland in the 1st round, I think the Spurs will beat them, and LAC, and the Spurs will be the WC Champs. This seems more likely on paper, but I want to respect how the season ended for Portland and Houston 9-1 L10 and 5-5 L10 respectively).

Eastern Conference
(8) Atlanta Hawks vs. (1) Indiana Pacers | Pacers win 4-2 (I don't watch the east much so I'm just guessing the Pacers will find a way).

(5) Washington Wizards vs. (4) Chicago Bulls | Bulls win 4-2 (Bulls seem to be playing well).

(7) Charlotte Bobcats vs. (2) Miami Heat | Heat win 4-2 (Heat are clearly better, but I'm hoping Charlotte pulls off a few wins).

(6) Brooklyn Nets vs. (3) Toronto Raptors | Nets win 4-2 (Nets win through experience and old guys showing up for the playoffs).

SECOND ROUND
(4) Chicago Bulls vs. (1) Indiana Pacers | Bulls win 4-2 (With the Pacers in a slump and Bulls winning I see the Bulls coming out on top)

(6) Brooklyn Nets vs (2) Miami Heat | Nets win 4-3 (Just hoping here really. I don't want to see the Heat win again. Hoping the Nets find a way. They were 4-0 in the regular season in the matchup).

CONFERENCE FINALS
(6) Brooklyn Nets vs. (4) Chicago Bulls | Brooklyn win 4-2 (From what I remember the Bulls don't have much depth and I don't see them having enough in the tank to win more.)

NBA FINALS
(6) Brooklyn Nets vs. (5) Portland Trailblazers | Portland win 4-3 (Might as well keep up the trend. Realistically I think the Nets would give Portland problems but Portland's youth and energy would win it out.) In the alternate scenario with the Spurs, I see the Spurs winning in 6.

Logically I have a hard time picking Portland, but if they get past the Rockets, that's just the way I see the matchups going. If I had to pick a different team I'd pick the Spurs.

TylerSL
04-18-2014, 10:42 AM
Thunder aren't beating the spurs in the playoffs.
They weren't even supposed to beat them in 2012 playoffs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjxFgXse5oo
casual fans don't remember though.

I'm not generally big on blaming refs, but I will say I remember watching that series in 2012 and I could not believe how badly the calls were being made in OKC's favor. I watched that series and I felt San Antonio should have won Game 6 to force Game 7 back in San Antonio. Now does that mean San Antonio would win Game 7 and go to the Finals? We cannot say for 100% certainty, Durant could have had a Game 7 in San Antonio like Lebron had a Game 6 in Boston. The worst thing about it is we will never know.

The NBA refs get calls wrong about 1/2 the time and we are all just supposed to live with the terrible calls. I don't understand how the NBA how has never taken measures to ensure the officials are making the right calls. Whether we put 5 officials in the game or give coaches "challenges" like MLB I'm not sure. But the NBA should do something to ensure officials are in a position to make the correct calls. We as fans should not talk about the officiating, there should never be "refs you suck" chant at games, but there is and its not just because we as fans are a bunch of complainers, its because they make bad calls. Now the commentators are always quick to say "officials don't have all the angles to see plays that we watching of TV do." I think that is the problem as the status quo is not near good enough and we should not just not talk about it and pretend it doesn't exist, like most people do.

If teams are consistent they should win despite the bad calls but we should be interested in eliminating the bad calls. For example Miami should have beat Brooklyn a little over a week ago anyway but Plumlee clearly fouled Lebron with 3 seconds left with Miami down 1. Lebron went to dunk and Plumlee hit all wrist on Lebron to knock the ball up (when the ball goes up, its because the defender hit the arm and not the ball). No call ended the game and Miami lost. Now, we should have won anyway but thats a perfect example of what I'm talking about.

SanAntonioSpurs23
04-18-2014, 11:08 AM
Western Conference

Spurs over Mavericks 4-1
Thunder over Grizzlies 4-2
Clippers over Warriors 4-2
Rockets over Blazers 4-2

Spurs over Rockets 4-2
Clippers over Thunder 4-3

Spurs over Clippers 4-2

Eastern Conference

Pacers over Hawks 4-1
Heat over Bobcats 4-1
Nets over Raptors 4-3
Bulls over Wizards 4-1

Pacers over Bulls 4-3
Nets over Heat 4-3

Pacers over Nets 4-2

Championship
Spurs over Pacers 4-2
Finals MVP: Kawhi Leonard

Stunner
04-18-2014, 11:15 AM
Spurs over Dallas 4-1

Thunder over Memphis 4-3

Warriors over clips 4-3

Rockets over Portland 4-1


Rockets over spurs 4-2

Thunder over warriors 4-3

Thunder over rockets 4-2




Miami over whoever 4-0

Pacers over whoever 4-1

Toronto over whoever 4-3

Bulls over nets 4-3


Miami over bulls in 7

Toronto over pacers in 7

Miami over Toronto in 5



Miami over thunder in 6



Bet on it!

Wth

SPURSFAN1
04-18-2014, 02:24 PM
I'm not generally big on blaming refs, but I will say I remember watching that series in 2012 and I could not believe how badly the calls were being made in OKC's favor. I watched that series and I felt San Antonio should have won Game 6 to force Game 7 back in San Antonio. Now does that mean San Antonio would win Game 7 and go to the Finals? We cannot say for 100% certainty, Durant could have had a Game 7 in San Antonio like Lebron had a Game 6 in Boston. The worst thing about it is we will never know.

The NBA refs get calls wrong about 1/2 the time and we are all just supposed to live with the terrible calls. I don't understand how the NBA how has never taken measures to ensure the officials are making the right calls. Whether we put 5 officials in the game or give coaches "challenges" like MLB I'm not sure. But the NBA should do something to ensure officials are in a position to make the correct calls. We as fans should not talk about the officiating, there should never be "refs you suck" chant at games, but there is and its not just because we as fans are a bunch of complainers, its because they make bad calls. Now the commentators are always quick to say "officials don't have all the angles to see plays that we watching of TV do." I think that is the problem as the status quo is not near good enough and we should not just not talk about it and pretend it doesn't exist, like most people do.

If teams are consistent they should win despite the bad calls but we should be interested in eliminating the bad calls. For example Miami should have beat Brooklyn a little over a week ago anyway but Plumlee clearly fouled Lebron with 3 seconds left with Miami down 1. Lebron went to dunk and Plumlee hit all wrist on Lebron to knock the ball up (when the ball goes up, its because the defender hit the arm and not the ball). No call ended the game and Miami lost. Now, we should have won anyway but thats a perfect example of what I'm talking about.

Game 7's are usually won by the home team. I'd atleast want a game 7.

SPURSFAN1
04-18-2014, 02:24 PM
Western Conference

Spurs over Mavericks 4-1
Thunder over Grizzlies 4-2
Clippers over Warriors 4-2
Rockets over Blazers 4-2

Spurs over Rockets 4-2
Clippers over Thunder 4-3

Spurs over Clippers 4-2

Eastern Conference

Pacers over Hawks 4-1
Heat over Bobcats 4-1
Nets over Raptors 4-3
Bulls over Wizards 4-1

Pacers over Bulls 4-3
Nets over Heat 4-3

Pacers over Nets 4-2

Championship
Spurs over Pacers 4-2
Finals MVP: Kawhi Leonard

I like ur Finals mvp.

NYKnickFanatic
04-18-2014, 04:07 PM
Wth

I guess the Nets are playing the Raptors and Bulls. Lol

mightybosstone
04-18-2014, 05:16 PM
Houston was the pre-season pick if there healthy I like them still.

Portland is the team I'd want to play in the West. Rockets have beaten the Spurs.

I like the way you think, sir. I also think Houston has as good a chance as anyone to make it out of the West, but I dare not pick them to beat the Spurs for fear of being viewed as a massive homer. I do see that San Antonio/Houston series as a coin flip, though.

TylerSL
04-18-2014, 06:21 PM
Game 7's are usually won by the home team. I'd atleast want a game 7.

I agree had the series gone back to San Antonio the Spurs probably would have won although we cannot say for sure, and it should have gone 7.

Crackadalic
04-18-2014, 08:00 PM
Quarter finals

Western conference

Spurs over Mavs 4-1
Okc over Memphis 4-3
Clippers over warriors 4-1
Rockets over blazers 4-3

Eastern conference

Pacers over hawks 4-2
Miami over bobcats 4-1
Brooklyn over raptors 4-2
Washington over Chicago 4-2

Semi finals

Western conference

Spurs over Rockets 4-2
Clippers over OKC 4-2

Eastern conference

Pacers over Washington 4-3
Miami over Brooklyn 4-3

Conference finals

Western conference
Clippers over spurs 4-2

Eastern conference
Miami over pacers 4-2

Finals
Miami over Clippers 4-3

Finals MVP lebron James

Jets012
04-18-2014, 09:05 PM
I guess I'm the only one who is really high in Memphis. I can legit see them beating OKC. They match up extremely well and are built for the playoffs. They're coming in hot and if Gasol was healthy they'd be right behind the top 4 teams. If Zbo gets hot, look out.

Really hoping my Nets don't disappoint me but my hopes aren't extremely high or anything.

What I'm looking for more than anything is a lot of upsets. I hate the lack of parody the NBA has had and it would be refreshing to have a few upsets. I actually really like Indys road to the Conference Finals.

I still like the Spurs but I also had the Rockets going very far in the off season. Clippers also look great.

Gonna be fun

#1 Romo fan
04-19-2014, 11:08 AM
Eastern Conference

Quarterfinals

1. Indiana vs. 8. Atlanta- Indiana 4-1
2. Miami vs. 7. Charlotte- Miami 4-1
3. Toronto vs. 6. Brooklyn- Brooklyn 4-3
4. Chicago vs. 5. Washington- Chicago 4-2

Semifinals

1. Indiana vs. 4. Chicago- Chicago 4-2
2. Miami vs. 6. Brooklyn- Miami 4-3

Finals

2. Miami vs. 4. Chicago- Miami 4-3



Western Conference

Quarterfinals

1. San Antonio vs. 8. Dallas- San Antonio 4-1
2. Oklahoma City vs. 7. Memphis- Oklahoma City 4-3
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. Golden State- Los Angeles Clippers 4-3
4. Houston vs. 5. Portland- Houston 4-1

Semifinals

1. San Antonio vs. 4. Houston- San Antonio 4-2
2. Oklahoma City vs. 3. Los Angeles Clippers- Los Angeles Clippers 4-3

Finals

1. San Antonio vs. 3. Los Angeles Clippers- San Antonio 4-1

NBA Finals

1. San Antonio vs. 2 Miami- San Antonio 4-2

ManRam
04-19-2014, 11:16 AM
Western Conference
Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets

Eastern Conference
Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers
Charlotte Bobcats vs. Miami Heat
Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors
Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls

Bold, eh?

Rockets over Spurs
Thunder over Clippers
Pacers over Bulls
Heat over Raps

Thunder over Rockets
Heat over Pacers

Thunder over Heat, in the NBA Finals the world NEEDS

RocketLoc80
04-19-2014, 11:54 AM
Western Conference
Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets

Eastern Conference
Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers
Charlotte Bobcats vs. Miami Heat
Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors
Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls

Bold, eh?

Rockets over Spurs
Thunder over Clippers
Pacers over Bulls
Heat over Raps

Thunder over Rockets
Heat over Pacers

Thunder over Heat, in the NBA Finals the world NEEDS

So why do you think OKC Beats Miami this time around and if Durant wins the chip is Lebron done winning?

mightybosstone
04-19-2014, 12:04 PM
Thunder over Heat, in the NBA Finals the world NEEDS

I also think that's the Finals we all need to see. Durant and Westbrook weren't ready two years ago, but they're ready now. And I think the league is desperate for another Magic/Bird rivalry. That being said, if it happens, I'm still taking the Heat. I just think they match up so well with the Thunder, and I trust their role players more than I trust OKC's in close games.

ManRam
04-19-2014, 12:08 PM
So why do you think OKC Beats Miami this time around and if Durant wins the chip is Lebron done winning?

By "this time around" are you referencing their Finals match up 2 years ago?

OKC are better than they were two years ago and the Heat are probably a bit worse. I don't trust Wade. I think Ibaka can win his match up against Bosh. I like OKC's role players a hair more (unless the Heat role players are hitting threes). I'm obviously a believer in LeBron, but KD is gonna get his too. And after those two, I just like what OKC has a bit more.

Either way, win or lose, I do think Lebron is better off leaving than staying.

I put serious thought into picking Indy over Miami honestly. :shrug: I think they can flip the switch and they still are a team that can some important match ups.

John Walls Era
04-19-2014, 12:11 PM
By "this time around" are you referencing their Finals match up 2 years ago?

OKC are better than they were two years ago and the Heat are probably a bit worse. I don't trust Wade. I think Ibaka can win his match up against Bosh. I like OKC's role players a hair more (unless the Heat role players are hitting threes). I'm obviously a believer in LeBron, but KD is gonna get his too. And after those two, I just like what OKC has a bit more.

Either way, win or lose, I do think Lebron is better off leaving than staying.

I put serious thought into picking Indy over Miami honestly. :shrug: I think they can flip the switch and they still are a team that can some important match ups.

lol Ibaka has never done well against Bosh.

mightybosstone
04-19-2014, 12:14 PM
When you think about it, a potential Heat/Thunder Finals might be the single most important playoff series in the league's history since not just the 80s, but the 60s. We've got two players destined to possibly crack the top 10 all-time status going against each other at their absolute peak. One guy had won four of the last five MVPs while the other guy is about to win his first MVP. One guy just finished wining his second title and won his first ring at the hands of the other guy. And both guys happen to play the same position.

Bird/Magic obviously resembles that kind of a matchup, but the fact that Lebron and Durant both play essentially the same position makes it all the most fascinating. We haven't seen something like that since Russell/Chamberlain.

ManRam
04-19-2014, 12:24 PM
lol Ibaka has never done well against Bosh.

And....?

Most of that sample size comes from years and years ago. A lot has changed. You are right, but that doesn't mean it can't happen :shrug: I think Ibaka has made some strides. In their two match ups this year Ibaka more than held his own against Bosh.

RocketLoc80
04-19-2014, 12:36 PM
By "this time around" are you referencing their Finals match up 2 years ago?

OKC are better than they were two years ago and the Heat are probably a bit worse. I don't trust Wade. I think Ibaka can win his match up against Bosh. I like OKC's role players a hair more (unless the Heat role players are hitting threes). I'm obviously a believer in LeBron, but KD is gonna get his too. And after those two, I just like what OKC has a bit more.

Either way, win or lose, I do think Lebron is better off leaving than staying.

I put serious thought into picking Indy over Miami honestly. :shrug: I think they can flip the switch and they still are a team that can some important match ups.

So who do you think ends up with more Finals MVPs and championshiips when it`s all said and done? Lebron or KD?

RocketLoc80
04-19-2014, 12:39 PM
And with all this talk about the Thunder beating the Heat or anybody else. There is a possibility that the Clippers or The Spurs can knock them off especially with the Spurs having HCA.

Lim
04-19-2014, 01:26 PM
First round:

Spurs 4-1
Thunder 4-2
Clippers 4-1
Houston 4-1
Indy 4-1
Mia 4-1
Bkn 4-2
Chi 4-2

Second round:

Spurs > rockets 4-2
Clippers > okc 4-2
Indy > chi 4-2
Mia > bkn 4-2

Third round:

Clippers > spurs 4-3
Mia > Indy 4-2

Finals:

Clippers > Mia 4-2

MVP: Blake

Cracka2HI!
04-21-2014, 01:41 AM
2013-2014 was a great Regular Season for the NBA. For one Conference anyway. The West is loaded this year. The East not so much. Itís a shame the East isnít better. The two top teams in the East both seem like they could be primed for an upset. The Question is, is there a team to do it? The West should be really fun to watch and the lower seeds are all very good teams. When was the last time a 7th Seed had 50 wins and the 8th Seed had 49?

As good as the lower seeded teams are this season Iím not expecting any upsets out West. This certainly isnít a brave prediction but it looks like another San Antonio vs Miami NBA Finals. I think the Spurs will be too much for Miami. Theyíve been the best team in the NBA all season. Something will have to change for them not to win the Title. Hereís a preview of the 1st Round Matchups.

Western Conference

#1 San Antonio Spurs 62-20 vs #8 Dallas Mavericks 49-33- Dallas would have a legit a chance to win the East. They are playoff ready having been in one the best 3 team races the league has seen in some time. The Mavs went down to the wire with Phoenix and Memphis for the final 2 spots. The Mavericks would have done well to win their season finale against Memphis and get the 7th Seed. Not that they could have beaten the Thunder but they would have had a better chance. The Spurs swept the Season Series. I think Dallas is good enough to win a game but I donít see them as a serious threat to the Spurs. Spurs win 4-1.

#4 Houston Rockets 54-28 vs #5 Portland Trailblazers 54-28- I think people are sleeping on this series. This will probably be the least covered series in the 1st Round. The Series features the 2nd and 4th highest scoring teams in the League. They are ranked 22nd and 23rd in Points allowed. The Point? This could be a very high scoring series. All of their Regular Season games were high scoring and Houston won the series 3-1. I think Portland has a little more momentum headed into the playoffs. Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverly both returned late in the season from injuries. They look healthy but will they hold up for a long series? Iím going to go with the minor upset here. Trailblazers win 4-2

#3 Los Angeles Clippers 57-25 vs #6 Golden State Warriors 51-31- This is clearly the most anticipated series of the 1st Round. These teams donít like each other at all. A couple months ago I would have thought this has upset written all over it. Now I donít think itís going to be a great series. The Clippers appear to be getting healthy and peaking at the right time. Golden State has lost a lot of momentum. The Warriors could be in a near meltdown mode. There are rumors that there is heat on Coach Mark Jackson. 2 Assistant Coaches have recently been dismissed. Andrew Bogutís injury may be more than they overcome. Golden State will try to play small with Harrison Barnes. I donít think itís going to work. Clippers win 4-1

#2 Oklahoma City Thunder 59-23 vs Memphis Grizzlies 50-32- Oklahoma City has not been playing their best basketball lately. Memphis is the team no one wanted to face in the 1st Round. Theyíve been one of the hottest teams in the West since Marc Gasol returned from his Knee Injury in January. The Grizzlies beat the Thunder in the 2nd Round of the playoffs last season. Sounds like a series with the makings of an upset. Iím not going to go that way. I think the Thunder have too much. Durant will be a man possessed. I still remember how emotional he was during his postgame interview when they lost the series last season. Thunder win 4-2

Eastern Conference

#1 Indiana Pacers 56-26 vs #8 Atlanta Hawks 38-44- Itís not unfair to say Atlanta is one of worst NBA Playoff teams off all-time. It seemed like they were trying to tank their way out of the playoffs and into the lottery. The Hawks did play better down the stretch winning 7 of their last 10. Indiana is playing their worst ball at the worst time. Both teams are 12-13 in their last 25 games. I donít give Atlanta much of a shot but a legitimate playoff will give the Pacers trouble. Pacers win 4-1

#4 Chicago Bulls 48-34 vs #5 Washington Wizards 44-38- The Bulls just keep winning against all odds. Tom Thibodeau did an amazing job coaching this season. As long as the Bulls have him it doesnít seem like it matters who the players are. The Wizards also enter this series playing well. Nene recently returned for Washington and if heís healthy he could be a real difference maker. John Wall will have to dominate for the Wizards to win the series. Good defense usually beats good offense in the Playoffs and thatís what I think will happen here. Chicago has a chance to make some noise. Joakim Noah is playing like a star and the Bulls are dangerous. Bulls win 4-1

#3 Toronto Raptors 48-34 vs #6 Brooklyn Nets 44-38- Itís hard to find an upset in these playoffs. The Experts are pretty split on this series. I donít know if Iíd call Brooklyn winning this series an upset but this is the series a lower seed is most likely to win. The Nets have been playing very well for months now. Kevin Garnett has been preserved for the playoffs. Marcus Thornton turned out to be the spark their bench needed. DeMar DeRozan emerged as top flight scorer for the Raptors and they have solid players around him. Kyle Lowry was one of the biggest all-star snubs in recent memory. Toronto excelled after they traded Rudy Gay just like Memphis did last year. This one is tough to call. Toronto has been more consistent and is a younger and healthier team. Raptors in 7

#2 Miami Heat 54-28 vs #7 Charlotte Bobcats 43-39- The Bobcats have finally made the playoffs. They come in to the playoffs on a roll. The Free Agent signing of Al Jefferson changed the culture for Charlotte. I think Miami could be upset this season. Theyíve played a lot of basketball the last 3 years. It must be hard to maintain Championship level intensity that long. That said. The Bobcats arenít going to beat the Heat. Miami will finally be interested now that the postseason is here. Playing a team owned by Michael Jordan will surely motivate the King. The only question in this series is can Charlotte win a playoff game? I say no. Heat win 4-0

Bostonjorge
04-21-2014, 04:14 AM
Spurs vs Dallas - spurs 4-3
OKC vs Memphis - OKC 4-0
Clippers vs warriors - clips 4-3
Rockets vs Blaze - Blaze 4-0

Indy vs hawks - Indy 4-3
Heat vs cats - heat 4-0
Raps vs nets - nets 4-2
Bulls vs wiz - bulls 4-1

2nd round

Spurs vs blaze - spurs 4-1
OKC vs clips - OKC 4-3
Indy vs bulls - Indy 4-3
Heat vs nets - heat 4-3

3rd round

Spurs vs OKC - OKC 4-3
Indy vs heat - Indy 4-3

Finals

Indy vs OKC - OKC 4-2