The 1st round of the NBA Playoffs is this Saturday, so that means it is time for my NBA Playoff predictions! Let’s start with the Eastern side of the NBA with the first 1 vs. 8 seed, the Hawks and the Nets. Surprisingly, I think this will be a decent series, but overall I think the Hawks will take it in 6. Atlanta is very consistent and although Brooklyn has talent with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Kevin Garnett, I think Atlanta’s consistency will put them on top. The 2 vs 7 series for the East consists of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics. To be honest, I think this is a clean sweep for Cleveland. Boston has been playing pretty well this season but I still don’t believe they have a chance to sneak one game against Cleveland. With a big three of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and LeBron James, I don’t see Boston having a chance of sneaking by with a win. The 3 vs 6 series for the East consists of the Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks. I think this one will go to Chicago in 5 games. Although Jason Kidd has done a great job getting the young Milwaukee Bucks to a 6 seed in the East, I can only see them sneaking one game past Chicago who have Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, and the Pau Gasol. The 4 vs 5 series consists of the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors. I think Washington will take this series in 7 games. It will be close because the two teams are both very talented but I feel Washington will conquer them in the end. Now let’s move on to the Western side of the NBA.
The 1 vs 8 seed is the Warriors and the Pelicans. I think this will be a clean sweep for Golden State and even though the Pelicans have Anthony Davis, I still don’t think that the Pelicans would be able to sneak away a win. Next up are the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks for the 2 vs 7 seed. I think James Harden will be too much for Dirk and the Mavericks and I think the Rockets will win in 5 games. Next up is the 3 vs 6 seed which is the Clippers and the Spurs. I think this will be an upset and I think the Spurs will win in 6 because they are still a better team, even if their record doesn’t show it. And finally the 4 vs 5 series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Portland Trail Blazers is sure to be good. However, I think Memphis will take the series in 6. So, in conclusion, the Hawks will beat the Nets in 6, the Cavs will sweep the Celtics, the Bulls will defeat the Bucks in 5, the Wizards will beat the Raptors in 7, the Warriors will sweep the Pelicans, the Rockets will defeat the Mavs in 5, the Spurs will upset the Clippers in 6, and the Grizzlies will beat the Blazers in 6. These are my 1st round playoff predictions, what are yours? Leave a comment below so I can see who you have going to the next round. Anyway, thanks for reading and please comment!
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.