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Old 04-13-2018, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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I'll bite:

East:
Raptors in 6
Cavs in 5
Sixers in 6
Celtics in 6.
Wiz aren't winning, but the Raptors like to keep series interesting. I can see the Wiz winning game 1 or game 2 in Toronto than probably game 3 in Washington before the Raps turn it on. Cavs haven been playing like crap but still got to pick them in the playoffs. I love this Sixers team, but feel they may have peeked a little too early. How they respond coming off a loss will be a key to this series. I don't think any of the top 4 East seeds are losing, but I'd pick the Heat as the most likely team to upset that East apple cart. Giannis can win 1 or 2 games for the Bucks and can expand this series a couple extra games with all the injuries the Celtics have, but the Bucks aren't a serious threat to win this series. The Celtics will have problems the next series regardless of who they play, but they'll get through this relatively unscathed.

West:
Rockets in 4
Warriors in 5
Blazers over Pelicans in 7
Jazz over Thunder in 6.
Rockets won't have much trouble. I could see the T'Wolves winning 1 game. Warriors should dispatch the Spurs pretty easily too. Remember last year when this was the Western Conference Final?? Blazers Pelicans will be a great series, and both teams seem evenly matched. I can't see how this series ends before game 6 and I would pick this series as the "series most likely to go to a game 7." Jazz were an overachieving team this year while the Thunder underrachieved. I say the Jazz split in Oklahoma games 1 & 2 and close them out in game 6.

Assuming these predictions hold out (and there's about a 100% chance it won't happen) here's the rest of my picks:
East:
Cavs over Raptors in 7, Sixers over Celtics in 6, Cavs over Sixers in 7.
West:
Rockets over Jazz in 7, Warriors over Blazers in 6, Warriors over Rockets in 7.

Yawn another Golden State Cleveland finals. I'll take Warriors over the Cavs in 6 games.

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Old 04-14-2018, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Leonard wasn't even at the Arena tonight. Not a good look for his future with the Spurs.
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Old 04-14-2018, 05:13 PM
 
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Won’t be surprised if Wizards beat the Raptors...then Wizards get steam rolled by Cavs.
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:20 PM
 
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Won’t be surprised if Wizards beat the Raptors...then Wizards get steam rolled by Cavs.
Wizards will be lucky to win 2 games. I think it's time to end the John Wall era.

Warriors looked good today, but the Spurs have absolutely nothing besides Aldrige, who is a softie himself.
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Old 04-14-2018, 10:32 PM
 
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Won’t be surprised if Wizards beat the Raptors...then Wizards get steam rolled by Cavs.
Why specifically?

I think a #8 beating a #1 in a 7 game series has happened only once or so (due to decimating injuries) so did I miss some news or is this something else that would make it not a surprise?
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Old 04-14-2018, 10:33 PM
 
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Everyone keeps selling Houston short.

I'm just cautioning that they're not going to go quietly in the west.

GS is still the team to beat but, Houston is legit.
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Old 04-14-2018, 10:36 PM
 
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Philly beat Miami by 27, but things will slow down when Embiid returns, and that suits Miami.
Simmons 17 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 7 of 10 free-throws.
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:01 PM
 
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Why specifically?

I think a #8 beating a #1 in a 7 game series has happened only once or so (due to decimating injuries) so did I miss some news or is this something else that would make it not a surprise?
It's happened twice and had nothing to do with injuries.
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Western US
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Everyone keeps selling Houston short.

I'm just cautioning that they're not going to go quietly in the west.

GS is still the team to beat but, Houston is legit.
While I do see the Warriors coming out of the West, I will not sleep on the Rockets. Even if Golden State is at full strength, Houston will give them a fight. No doubt the Rockets are Golden State's biggest threat in the West this year.
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Western US
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Why specifically?

I think a #8 beating a #1 in a 7 game series has happened only once or so (due to decimating injuries) so did I miss some news or is this something else that would make it not a surprise?
The 8th seeded Warriors defeated the 1st seeded Mavericks in 2007. There were actually no injuries at all in that series. Just a major upset.
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