Sunday, May 02, 2010
NBA Playoffs: Second Round Predictions
Well it's the second round of the NBA Playoffs (better known as conference semi-finals) So it's time for random predictions that are at best guesses. Remember the winner of the contest receives a free hot dog (and choice of fixings) as well as a medium sized smoothie (up to 3 fruits)
MJ, whose cocky walk and jaunty hat, has inflamed the blue bloods is 7-1 (2 exactly right)
Gutsy, whose off Broadway musical - The Return of Durantula - has received rave reviews, is 6-2 (1 exactly right)
While Mighty, who is trying to perfect a Cockney accent, is 8-0 (4 exactly right)
As such here are my predictions for Round 2
Cleveland v. Boston
I'm already on record - Cavs in 6. Boston will have a few games where Ray Allen and/or Paul Pierce go off. However short of Lebron being too injured to be effective, Boston can't stop him. Lebron has too many weapons if he gets that first step and Boston can't stop that first step.
Cavs in 6
Orlando v. Atlanta
While the focus might be (rightly) on the Hawks inability to stop Dwight Howard the hero of last series for Orlando should probably be the key. Jameer Nelson was the best player for the Magic against Charlotte (averaged 24 points, nearly 4:1 Assist to TO ratio). I'm not sure how Mike Bibby will stop Nelson .
Magic in 5
LA Lakers v. Utah
This might be hardest series to get a hold of as injuries to key players could play a key role. Bynum may or may not play. Kirilinko may or may not play. Most importantly Deron Williams is injured (elbow) and who's to say how his play might be affected (he averaged over 10 assists a game last series). That said Utah simply doesn't have the size to ultimately win out.
Lakers in 6
San Antonio v. Phoenix
This is actually the one series I might consider the underdog (Phoenix). They have home court advantage, Duncan is looking older and older, and the outside big man shooting of Phoenix should cause trouble for the lumbering Spurs. But then I remember this is Phoenix - who can't rebound or play defense. Spurs will end Phoenix's season for the 5th time in 9 years.
Spurs in 6