NBA playoffs Preview : The East

Finally we are set for some playoffs basketball, after a crazy season and a crazy last night. The playoffs starts saturday so let’s see what is waiting for us in all first rounds series in the east.

#1 Atlanta Vs. #8 Brooklyn

  • Home court : Atlanta have home court advantage in this one and will make good use of it, they have some young unexperimented players coming of the bench like Schroder, and they will need home court comfort to play to the best of their abilities.
  • Coaching : I liked Hollins with Memphis but with this Brooklyn’s team i didn’t see any improvement from last year team, they are still playing more as individuals than as a team for me, too much isolation in offense and not much help in defense. Budenholzer he is just an NBA coach of the year candidate, he did improve this team very very much and he deserve all the credits for that, he may lack playoff experience as a head coach with his only appearance in the post season coming last year in his first season as head coach, but they did very well against Indiana last year taking them to 7 games making wining on the road. I give the edge in this one to Budenholzer because of his coaching abilities and also because of the Atlanta roster being more coach-able.
  • Starting Five : When i see the names Brooklyn looks good, but when i see them playing there is no synergy between them and one on one i don’t see them having an edge over Atlanta’s fives. Offensive and defensive flow a side and judging just on individuals this one is even for me. When i look at team plays Atlanta is far ahead.
  • Bench : Atlanta is 12 deep and the loss of Sefolosha may hurt them a little in defense, but they learned to play without him for long stretch when he was injured. I will give the edge in this one to Atlanta.

This series is team basketball versus isolation basketball. So i see Atlanta wining in an easy 4-0 or a 4-1.

#2 Cleveland Vs. #7 Boston

  • Home court : Cleveland have it, and for there coach, for Kyrie and for Love it will be good to have the first game at home, not that they need it but they will feel good having it. Against a young Boston team i give the edge to Cleveland in this one.
  • Coaching : Not much playoffs experience for both coaches, yes Blatt won the Euroleague before but i really need to wait and see for this one who will make the in game adjustments and between games adjustments. This one breaks even for me.
  • Starting Five : When you have King James you are having a pretty good head start, but Cleveland is not only Lebron they really are a complementary five, and they dominate Boston’s five talent wise and synergy wise. So edge goes to Cleveland.
  • Bench : Cleveland do not have this scoring spark coming of the bench someone like Isiah Thomas, but they have some very good shooting, and as long as they are keeping one of the 3 (Lebron, Kyrie, or J.R Smith) on the court they can generate enough offense. I’m giving an edge on the back-up point guard to Boston, but overall Cleveland’ bench is better.

This series is a young and still learning team against a championship contender. So it will be an easy win for Cleveland 4-0 or 4-1.

#3 Chicago Vs. #6 Milwaukee

  • Home Court : Chicago have it, but it will not help them as much as it will hurt a young Milwaukee team, and that’s why i’m giving an edge to Chicago for this one.
  • Coaching : Kidd have done a great job this season, but i can’t go against Thibodeau who have getting the most of his team year in and year out, and Chicago having more offensive punch doesn’t hurt him. I’m giving the edge to Chicago here.
  • Starting Five : Milwaukee will have the better match-up at the 3 position with Antetokoumpo against Dunleavy but that’s the only favorable match-up they have. The edge is in Chicago’s side in this one.
  • Bench : Chicago is too much for Milwaukee they have offense with Mirotic and Brooks, and defense with Gibson and Snell, against O.J Mayo, Bayless and Dudley, it’s just not enough. Edge goes for Chicago.

This series is youth versus experience and i’m going for Chicago in a well fought series that will ends in 6 games.

# 4 Toronto Vs. #5 Washington

  • Home Court : Toronto Have it and will need it badly in this series. The home crowd is great and if there is a game 7 it will helps them alot.
  • Coaching : Kasey kept his team together in tough moments this season even when players weren’t performing at there level (Terrence Ross, and Valanciunas), on the other side a saw a Washington team fall apart with not much cohesion. Toronto take the edge here.
  • Starting Five : If healthy and balling which is not the case here for both teams here, i like Washington more they can pound the ball down low and they have more shooting at the 2 and 3 positions. Washington have the edge in this one.
  • Bench : Sessions, Porter,Rusual Butler and Gooden is just not enough for me against Ross, Vasquez, Hansbrough and of course Lou Williams. Toronto got this one.

This series is so tricky, i hope i have a time machine so i can bring the teams that were balling in the early months of the regular season. Unfortunately there is no time machine and we are stuck with 2 teams that are not playing good basketball going to the playoffs. So this series is the very bad against the bad, and i’m going with the bad and that is Toronto in 7 games.

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NBA : Crazy Ending

I was planning to talk playoff match-ups this late in the regular season, but 2 to 3 games to the end of the season i we really don’t know much about who are in the playoff and who aren’t, and not much about the seeding too. So let’s see what we really know about this crazy season ending.

The East :

  • Atlanta is the east champion.
  • Cleveland is locked to the 2 seat and Central Division champion.
  • Toronto and Chicago are fighting for 3rd they are tied but Chicago holds the tie breaker and still 2 games to play.
  • Toronto is Atlantic Division champion.
  • Washington is locked to the 5th seat.
  • Milwaukee is locked to the 6th seat.
  • This where the crazy thing begins, we have 3 teams fighting for 2 playoffs seat (Miami is unlikely to get in) Boston (38/42) is 1 game ahead of Brooklyn (37/43) and Indiana (37/43). Brooklyn holds the tie breaker over Indiana by winning 2 out 3 against them.

If you think that the east is crazy, wait to see how crazy it is in the west.

The West :

  • Golden State is the best team in the league
  • Portland is Northwest Division champion and locked to the 4th seat, but will not have home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
  • Dallas is locked to the the 7th seat.
  • New Orleans and Oklahoma City are tied for the 8th seat with 2 games to go. New Orleans holds the tie breaker over Indiana by winning 2 out 3 against them.
  • I have never seen 4 teams fighting for the 2nd seat this late in the season, we have San Antonio (55/26) a half game a head of 3 teams L.A. Clippers, Houston and Memphis all at (54/26). It will be crazy talking tie breakers here but we can say one thing is that Southeast Division champion (San Antonio, Houston or Memphis) is most likely to be 2nd in the west.

All that craziness i you know what, we still have the playoffs to come. It is a good time to be a NBA fan.

NBA : Injuries and Playoff Implications

Today we will talk unfortunatly about injuries, that’s part of the game and this year more than ever, we have had alot of them. So let’s start with the most important one, Melo’s injurie, no i’m just kidding a like him alot but him being on or off the floor will not get this Knicks team to the Playoffs. After some Knicks talk let’s start talking Basketball.

Kevin Durant : It can’t gets bigger we have the reigning MVP out for the reminder of the season, before that i hade OKC us a contender and even more i really was thinking of them us the ones comming out the west. But now even with Westbrook playing great they can’t win a playoff serie not the way the west is, they are most likely facing the Warriors and i don’t see them overcoming the depth and the talent that the warriors have. It’s a season ending injury for KD and also a season ending for all OKC’s asparations.

Wesley Matthews : This one is pretty tricky, as a starting five Portland still have a competitive one with Afflalo taking Wes place, he is a proven starter in the league and good defender. But the problem is that Afflalo was brought to solidify the bench and now they facing the same problem who will give Battum or Afflalo some rest. That will hurt them when times get tougher in a long playoff serie. So because of that for me they are out of championship considerations.

Dereck Rose : Yes he will be back soon, but is it the MVP D.Rose, the Allstar D.Rose or an average point guard D.Rose. That’s the question. For the Bulls to take over the East they need an Allstar D.Rose no question about that, being well coached and having more offensive weapons will not be enough for them to beat the Cavs and the Hawks in a serie. That’s a wait and see for me thing it’s all in Rose’s hands and health, he is the one making them a championship contender or will they stay this very combative and good team to watch that looses at the end.

Bradley Beal : I know that he is healthy and playing right now, but him being in and out of the line up all year long hurts the Wizards alot. I saw a very good Wizards team in the first couple of months of the season, i saw their progress from last year but now this team have no chemestry. So they may win their first round serie but they will not surpass their last year performance(loosing in the second round).

Patrick Beverley : I have to talk about him more because of his team playing that well and having the second best record in the west, kudos to Harden, than because him. Yes they will loose some defense by loosing him, but i never saw them win because of their defense. Prigioni even at his age can still run some offense and makes open threes. So this team will go us far us Harden will take them, and for me him playing at an MVP level they can of course win a playoff serie but they will not win two.

Paul George : I want just to say that i’m very happy to see him back in a win against Miami, but i don’t see Indiana getting this 8th seed in the east, they are a game behind Bonston with a tough schedule.

Picks : NBA April 2nd

Let’s do some NBA picks

Pick1 : Phoenix Suns @ GS Warriors i’m going with the Warriors at (-12.5)

Even if the Warriors rest some players i still go with them, they are unstopoble at home, and Phoenix just lost there mojo after the trade deadline, they really have nothing to play for, so let’s go Warriors for this one.

Pick2 : Houston Rockets @ Dallas Mavericks i’m going with the Rockets at (+2.5)

Dallas just won a crutial game yesterday, now haven some seperation From Okc, i expect them to relax a little and i just can’ bet against the man of the moment Harden he is doing it right and doing it big.

Pick3 : Miami Heat @ Cleveland Cavaliers i’m going with the Cavs at (-10.5)

This game have some playoff implacations, as this one might be a first round playoff matchup, so for this reason i expect the Cavs and a well rested Lebron to avenge there blowout loss at Miami and take this one by a large margin.

¡Ojalá!

Picks : NBA March 31st

Hi guys it’s time for some nba picks.

Pick1 : GSW Warriors @ LA Clippers i’m going with the Clippers at (-3)

Both teams are very succesfull of late they are on a 7 and 9 games wining streak, i’m going with the home team, the Clippers needs this one more than the Warriors. Between those 2 teams the home team seem to win most of the time.

Pick2 : IND Pacers @ BKN Nets i’m taking the Nets at (-2)

The Nets will score with ease and of late i saw theme defend better thats why i’m going with them. The Pacers just can’t score they really need Miles or Hill to go for a big game to win, and those two players scoring is not that easy for them.

Only 4 games in todays NBA schedule that’s why i’m picking only 2.

¡Ojalá!

Picks Results : NBA games March 30th

Hi guys, another good day for us 2 out of 3 only 76ers loss in overtime did us wrong. it’s still 66% winning rate.

We will give away some picks later today.

NBA Picks for March 30th games

Hi guys let’s give away some nba picks for today’s games

Pick1 : LA Lakers @ PHI 76ers i’m goin with the 76ers at (-4.5)

I think 76ers defense will do the job they are competing at equal talent with the lakers they will win, both teams are coming from a defeat last night, the travel will play against the lakers.

Pick2 : Sac Kings @ MEM Grizzlies i’m going with the Grizzlies at (-8)

The Griz are the better team no doubt but not only that they really are in need of a win and a good performance after there 3 loosing streak againt a much better competetion.

Pick3 : HOU Rockets @ TOR Rpators i’ going with the Raptors at (-2)

The raptors will be well rested for this one, even without Lowry they will be good enough the beat a banged Houston team that is playing there second game of a back to back, wihout Howard, Beverley and Terrence Jones.

¡Ojalá!