With the NBA playoffs starting yesterday, I was thinking about all the underdogs and the definite winners of each series. Like I did last year, I will be making predictions on the NBA playoffs in the 1st round, 2nd round, conference finals, and the finals, but today we start with the NBA’s 1st round predictions. We will start with the East and then move to the West. First up, Pacers-Hawks.
The 1 seeded Pacers are preparing to take on the 8 seeded Hawks in a best-of-7 series. My prediction for this series is Pacers in 6. The way the Hawks have been playing this year makes me feel like they can win 2 games against a very stacked Pacers team, but I feel like the Pacers are just way too dominant. Next, the Heat play the Bobcats. My prediction for this series is Heat in a sweep. I like the Bobcats making their second appearance to the playoffs this year, but I still don’t think they can pull off their first playoff win in franchise history. I know I am not the biggest Heat fan in the world but I still think they will move on to the next round. The 3 and 6 seeds in the East are the Raptors and Nets. My prediction for this is Nets in 6. The Raptors did a great job getting into the playoffs and gaining home court advantage but they are playing a way more experienced team. However, I still think the Raptors can pull out 2 games. The Nets can probably take this one easily because of the way they have been playing since the all-star break (The top record out of all teams since the all-star break). Lastly for the East, the Bulls-Wizards matchup at the 4 and 5 seeds. Many people may not think that this series will last too long but I think the Bulls will win in a 7 game series. These two teams will matchup very well against each other but I feel like Joakim Noah and the Bulls are too good for the Wizards. It will be tight, in my opinion, but the Bulls have got this. These are my predictions for the Western Conference. Now, to the West side of the conference.
1 vs. 8 in the West is the Spurs and the Mavericks. The Spurs, to me, have got this in 5 games. The Spurs should win the first three but Ellis and Nowitski won’t let a sweep happen on their home floor but they will get beat in the 5th game. Trust me, it will happen. The Spurs are just a complete machine walking up and down the floor getting buckets and playing slow and boring defense. No offense to the Spurs but it is true, and they were still able to pull out 62 wins out of 82 games this season. The 2nd and 7th seed series are the Thunder and the Grizzlies. My prediction for this series is the Thunder in 5. The Thunder do have Westbrook for this series unlike last year so now they have more than just 1 scoring option in Kevin Durant, but now they have Russell Westbrook as well. The Grizzlies may be a grind out team but the Thunder are too much for them. 3-6 seeds for the Western Conference are the Warriors and the Clippers. I think the Warriors in 6 will win. Yeah I know, crazy right? I think the Warriors will steal a game on the road and clinch the games at home. That is what I think of this series, yeah I know. Lastly, the 4 and 5 seeds for the Western Conference are the Rockets and the Trail Blazers. I pick the Trail Blazers in 6. The Blazers dynamic duo of LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard happen to come in two of the weak spots for the Houston Rockets. As for James Harden, Wesley Matthews or Nick Batum can stop him or at least contain him during this series. Howard will have a clinic inside but the Blazers may start using the Hack-a-Shaq strategy to stop him. These are my predictions for the Western Conference.
I am so psyched for all of these playoff series and how players can shine throughout the world. But what I am also excited about is to hear what you guys think about the playoffs. What is the most exciting series of the playoffs? Do you disagree with some of my predictions? Who do you think will be key factors for certain teams? I want to hear what you believe about these NBA Playoffs. So, thanks for reading! Please comment.
One last note: The radio show blog coming out soon. The full interview can be heard in my next blog.
Hello everyone, today I am going to make my
predictions for the NBA Draft which goes on tonight. I am really excited to see
who goes where in the draft, especially the Knicks who have the
24th pick in the first
round of the draft. I am going to do only the first round for my mock draft. I
have done my research and I am ready to get these picks started. How about you?
Here are my first round picks.
Cleveland Cavaliers R1N1: Otto Porter (Georgetown)
Orlando Magic R1N2: Nerlens Noel (Kentucky)
Washington Wizards R1N3: Cody Zeller (Indiana)
Charlotte Bobcats R1N4: Ben McLemore (Kansas)
Phoenix Suns R1N5: Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
New Orleans Pelicans R1N6: Trey Burke (Michigan)
Sacramento Kings R1N7: Victor Oladipo (Indiana)
Detroit Pistons R1N8: C.J. McCollum (Lehigh)
Minnesota Timberwolves R1N9: Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA)
Portland Trail Blazers R1N10: Alex Len (Maryland)
Philadelphia 76ers R1N11: Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga)
Oklahoma City Thunder R1N12: Steven Adams (Pittsburgh)
Dallas Mavericks R1N13: Shane Larkin (Miami)
Utah Jazz R1N14: Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse)
Milwaukee Bucks R1N15: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia)
Boston Celtics R1N16: Sergey Karasev (Triumph Moscow)
Atlanta Hawks R1N17: Dennis Schroeder (Germany)
Atlanta Hawks R1N18: Rudy Gobert (France)
Cleveland Cavaliers R1N19: Allen Crabbe (California)
Chicago Bulls R1N20: Mason Plumlee (Duke)
Utah Jazz R1N21: Isaiah Canaan (Murray State)
Brooklyn Nets R1N22: Gorgui Dieng (Louisville)
Indiana Pacers R1N23: Giannis Adetokunbo (Greece)
New York Knicks R1N24: Tony Mitchell (North Texas)
Los Angeles Clippers R1N25: Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan)
Minnesota Timberwolves R1N26: Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State)
Denver Nuggets R1N27: Jeff Withey (Kansas)
San Antonio Spurs R1N28: Reggie Bullock (North Carolina)
Oklahoma City Thunder R1N29: Glen Rice Jr. (NBA D-League)
Phoenix Suns R1N30: Ricky Ledo (Providence)
These are my first round picks. Do you agree with them or do you disagree? Tell me in the comment section who you think should be changed up. Did you think that someone who was not mentioned here should be here? Tell me! Anyway, thanks for reading and please comment.
Finally, after a long 2 or 3 weeks of 1st round playoff basketball, we have finally made it to the second round. My predictions on the first round were pretty good I think, I predicted that the Heat would beat the Bucks in 5, they won in 4. I predicted that OKC will beat the Rockets in 6, they
did just that. Then my prediction was that the Knicks win in 5, they won in 6. Next, I thought the Spurs would beat the Lakers in 5, they beat them in 4. Then, I figured that the Pacers would sweep the Hawks, but the Pacers won in 6 games. The other 3 vs. 6 seed was my first predicted upset, and I was right. I predicted that Golden State would beat Denver in 7 games, they won in 6. I then predicted that the Bulls would beat the Nets in 6 games, the Bulls won in 7 games. Lastly, I predicted that the Grizzlies would win in 7 games against the Clippers, they won in 6. I went 8 out of 8 on my prediction. 100% baby! Now, enough talking about my predictions from the 1st round. That’s old now! Let me make some new predictions for the 2nd round and see if I will do as well as the 1st round.
First, we will start out West with the 1 vs. 5 seed battle which is between the #1 Oklahoma City Thunder and the #5 Memphis Grizzlies. This matchup in my opinion is sending Oklahoma City home. I predict that the Memphis Grizzlies will move to the Conference Finals by beating Oklahoma City in 6 games. Some of you might be going, what is he talking about? This is what I
really think, without Westbrook the Thunder are done. With defensive specialists, Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince guarding Durant, I do not think that the Thunder can score without him making his shots. Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince’s defense are too much defense for Durant’s offense. The Thunder still have some other decent players who could occasionally get 10 points in a game,
but that will not be enough if Mike Conley is going and if Z-Bo and Marc Gasol are going. Once again, I believe that the #5 seeded Grizzlies will beat the Thunder in 6 games.
Next, we go to the East where the #1 seeded Heat will go up against the #5 seeded Bulls. I think that the Heat will win this series in 6 games. The reason why I think this is because LeBron, Wade and Bosh are just too much for the extremely sick Chicago Bulls. I think that the Bulls can pull out 2 games because the Bulls split the season series with them 2-2. Now with many people out on the Bulls, it will be hard for them to win a series against the talented Miami Heat on their home court, but they did win a game on Miami’s home floor so, I do not know. My prediction still remains the same. I predict that the Miami Heat will win the series against the sick Chicago Bulls in 6
Then, we go back to the West where the #2 seeded San Antonio Spurs will have a battle will Mark Jackson’s #6 seeded Golden State Warriors. Again, I will go with the Warriors to win in 6 games. Is he crazy?? No, I am not crazy, I really think that Stephen Curry is good enough this extremely tough feat, making the Conference Finals. I think he could do it, though. With help from, Andrew
Bogut, Harrison Barnes, Carl Landry, Klay Thompson, and more, I think that this team is stacked with young talent. Just imagine how good these guys can become. In fact, look at them right now. I think that because their lineup is so young, they could run San Antonio right out of the building on fast break points. In this matchup, I am simply going with the younger ones over the older ones. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, you guys have had your moments. Now, it is the Warriors turn. Once again, I think that the Warriors will defeat the San Antonio Spurs in 6 games and go to the next round, the Conference Finals.
Lastly, I will talk about my #2 seeded New York Knicks going up against the #3 seeded Indiana Pacers. Before I talk about this series, I’ll talk about the Knicks vs. Celtics series. When we went up 3-0, I thought, “Yes we won the series!”, but no not yet. Somehow, the Celtics pulled out games 4 and 5, to make it 3-2, but thank the Lord that we won game 6 to finish out the series because I would not have wanted to go back home again to play in game 7. Anyway, back to the 2nd Round series. My prediction is that the Knicks will win this series in 7 games. The reason is simply because the Knicks beat the Pacers twice, which were both at home, and because the Pacers won both of their home games against the Knicks. This split the season series at 2. There
is not really that much more to say about this series. I think that both teams will win their home games. That is why home court advantage was so important to me. Again I say that I believe that the Knicks will win in 7 games because of their home court advantage.
My 2nd round predictions for the NBA Playoffs is that the Grizzlies will beat the Thunder in 6 games, the Heat will beat the Chicago Bulls in 6 games, the Warriors will beat the Spurs in 6 games, and finally I believe that the Knicks will beat the Pacers in 7 games. These are my
2nd round predictions but I want to know yours. Who do you think will win? Do you disagree with me on something? Please comment and tell me what you think. Thanks for reading!
With the NBA Playoffs starting, I was thinking about which team
would win each series in the playoffs. Of course, there are a lot of exciting
things going on right now in the playoffs, so it was hard for me to think of
which team would win series and in how many games would that team win it in. It
was very hard making these choices, and of course some were easier than others.
Plus, these are truly who I think will win, not necessarily who I want to win.
So, anyway, let me start off with the easiest ones that I could think of with
the 1 seeds vs. the 8 seeds.
In the East, the #1 seed is the Miami Heat and #8 seed is the
Milwaukee Bucks. My predictions are that Heat will win in 5 games. I really
truly think that the Bucks can pull off one game on their home floor, but the
Heat are too good and too talented for the Bucks, who had a losing record this
year, but I think the Bucks could pull off one of those two home games because
of their backcourt duo which is Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. So, my
prediction for that series is that the Heat will win in 5 games. In the West,
however, the #1 seed is the Oklahoma City Thunder and the #8 seed is the
Houston Rockets. My predictions are that the Thunder will win in 6 games. The
reason why I think Houston will pull out two games is because of two words, “The
Beard”. James Harden can definitely bring two games home to Houston, in my
opinion. The Rockets did pull out one game out of three against the Thunder by
two points. However, I think that the Thunder will win this series because of
the dominance of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka. Anyway, I
think the Thunder will win in 6 games. Next, we have the 2 seeds vs. the 7
In the West, the #2 seed is the San Antonio Spurs and the #7 seed
is the Los Angeles Lakers. My predictions for this series are that the Spurs
will win in 5 games. I think that the Lakers cannot pull out this series against
the Spurs without Kobe Bryant, plain and simple. I think that the Spurs have
more talent than the Lakers because of Parker, Ginobili, and Duncan. Even though
the Lakers have D-12, I just don’t think they can do it. In the East, the #2
seed is the New York Knicks and the #7 seed is the Boston Celtics. I think that
the Knicks will win this series in 5 games. I think this because Boston will
definitely win a game on their home court, in my opinion. I think the Knicks
will win this series for sure if Raymond Felton plays well and he has so far so
keep it up, RAY! After that, we have the 3 seeds vs. the 6 seeds.
In the West, I come to my first upset prediction. The #3 seed is
the Denver Nuggets and the #6 seed is the Warriors. My prediction is that Golden
State will win in 7 games. I think that the Warriors have enough talent to pull
this off. With the dominance of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson from beyond the
arc, I think that the Warriors will win. However, I think that the Nuggets will
make it close because of their backcourt in Andre Igoudala and Ty Lawson. In my
opinion, this will be a great and fun series to watch. Again, I think that
Golden State will win in 7 games. In the East, the #3 seed is the Indiana Pacers
and the #6 seed is the Atlanta Hawks. This was one of the easiest choices to
make. I think that the Pacers will sweep the Hawks simply because of the
dominance on both ends of the floor. With a lineup of George Hill, Paul George,
Lance Stephenson, David West, and Roy Hibbert, I think that the Pacers are going
to be very difficult to stop for the Hawks. I can see Josh Smith possibly
winning a game for them, but I think it will be a sweep by the Pacers. Lastly,
we have the #4 seeds vs. the #5 seeds.
These two series are always the toughest to make,
but I made predictions, so here we go. In the East, the #4 seed is the Brooklyn
Nets and the #5 seed is the Chicago Bulls. In my opinion, I think that the Bulls
will win this is 6 games. I think this because the Bulls won the season series
3-1 and I think that they have a much better defensive team and can stop the
scorers like Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez. Another reason why I
think the Bulls will win this series is because of the 2 young all-stars named
Joakim Noah and Luol Deng. These two have so much talent, Deng can hit the open
shot, Noah is a beast around the basket and getting boards. This is why I think
the Bulls can win in 6. In the West, the #4 seed is the Los Angeles Clippers
and the #5 seed is the Memphis Grizzlies. My last prediction for the 1st round is the
Grizzlies win this series in 7 games. I think that Mike Conley is going to take
charge and have some phenomenal games and get the ball to Zach Randolph and Marc
Gasol for easy layups, dunks and jump shots. I also think that Zach Randolph is
going to have a 35+ point game throughout the series and it will be fun to see.
I cannot wait to see this series and I am sure it will be fun to watch. Again, I
think that the Grizzlies will win against the Clippers in 7
These are my predictions, but I want to know what yours are.
Please comment below on your predictions on the playoffs and who you think will
go to the next round. I think the Heat, Thunder, Spurs, Knicks, Pacers,
Warriors, Bulls, and Grizzlies will all play in the Conference Semifinals.
Thanks for reading my predictions. Please comment!
For six games, being wrong never felt so good! The Knicks started the season with a six game winning streak challenging my expectations for the older squad. And, as I said, I’ve never been happier being wrong in my life. But, all good things apparently come to an end. The refs made sure of that in the seventh Knicks game of the season against the Memphis Grizzlies.
With four technical fouls called against the Knicks and a whole bunch of other questionable calls, I can’t be the only one wondering if these were the same refs used in the Knicks versus Heat playoff games last season. Let’s be honest. We all have seen how refs can interfere with the outcomes of games…just look at the Heat’s run for the finals last year. I am surprised the refs didn’t just wear Heat uniforms on the court. But that’s a different story for a different time.
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.