Second Round NBA Playoffs Predictions
The first round of the NBA Playoffs is over and boy oh boy are the Clippers still the Clippers. 8 teams remain in the Playoffs and here are my predictions of who will advance to the Conference Finals.
(1) Warriors vs. (5) Jazz
Some people are saying the Warriors might not lose a game in the first two rounds of the Playoffs and those people are right. The Jazz took 7 games to beat the Blake-less Clippers and now they have to face a Warriors team that that made Portland look like a D-Leauge team in the first round. If the Jazz can control the pace against the Warriors (they won’t), they might be able to keep it close (they won’t), but that’s about as much as anyone should expect. The Warriors have 4 of the best 12 players in the league and the 4th best player on the team (Klay) put up 60 points in 29 minutes this year. They’re just too good right now. Warriors will win more than one game by 30.
Warriors in 4.
(2) Spurs vs. (3) Rockets
Neither one of these teams played great in the first round, and if they don’t improve in the second round, this will just be a series to see who gets the pleasure of getting embarrassed by Golden State. Houston shot terrible against OKC and still won 4 of 5. San Antonio won’t be as easy, but it helps that the Spurs’ offense AND defense is completely dependent on Kawhi Leonard. Kawhi is be the best two-way basketball player on the planet right now, but the combined age of his backcourt is 138-years-old. James Harden will return to his regular season MVP self, and Kawhi will gaze into Ginóbili’s bald spot and wonder why the Spurs won’t put better players around him.
Rockets in 7.
(1) Celtics vs. (4) Wizards
This will be the best second round matchup. These two teams hate each other and have easily had the best rivalry of the regular season. Wall and Crowder got into a dustup at the end of a game in January where Crowder stuck his finger in (and on) Wall’s face and Wall responded by bitch slapping Crowder. The next time these teams met, the Wizards wore “all black everything, like a funeral”. In the first quarter of this series, Isaiah Thomas got his front tooth knocked out. Expect lots of trash talking and unnecessary technical fouls. If you have the personality of a rock and none of that interests you, Isaiah Thomas and John Wall going against each other won’t disappoint. Hopefully, this series will go on forever. Realistically, the Wizards bench is so bad that they’ll make whatever that thing growing on Kelly Olynyk’s chin is look good.
Celtics in 6.
(2) Cavaliers vs. (3) Raptors
These two teams met last year in the Conference Finals, so it’s no surprise that they’ve both made it this far again. The Raptors should be able to steal a game or two in this series, as they’re a better team than they were a year ago. The problem is they lost Bismack Biyombo, who had 26 rebounds in a single game of basketball against the Cavs last year, to free agency. Oh, that and the Cavs still have Lebron on their team. Mostly just the LeBron thing really. The Raptors are good, but the Cavs are better.
Cavs in 6.
That’s my picks. Who you got in the second round? Comment below.