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Re: 2018 Playoffs predictions thread
« Reply #30 on: April 13, 2018, 08:10:19 AM »

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I don't have time for a full list this morning, but I don't think the Celts will get out of the first round.  Very interested to see what Philly brings to the table.
Regarding Philly, I am eager to see them too, I just don't respect them that much without Embiid. And he isn't cleared to play. Also, that mask might distract him IMO. He is grabbing boards and boxing out other centers after all.
He is their best defensive player (maybe even leagues DPOY), and their safe option offensively too.
The rest of the roster is OK, but without much NBA playoff experience (Simmons, Covington, Šarić, Fultz if he plays). Who is their best 1-1 scorer if Joel can't go?
I might be wrong, but I respect Miamis institutional knowledge more. Enough to favor them in this series if Embiid isn't 100%.
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Re: 2018 Playoffs predictions thread
« Reply #31 on: April 13, 2018, 08:33:06 AM »

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I don't have time for a full list this morning, but I don't think the Celts will get out of the first round.  Very interested to see what Philly brings to the table.
Regarding Philly, I am eager to see them too, I just don't respect them that much without Embiid. And he isn't cleared to play. Also, that mask might distract him IMO. He is grabbing boards and boxing out other centers after all.
He is their best defensive player (maybe even leagues DPOY), and their safe option offensively too.
The rest of the roster is OK, but without much NBA playoff experience (Simmons, Covington, Šarić, Fultz if he plays). Who is their best 1-1 scorer if Joel can't go?
I might be wrong, but I respect Miamis institutional knowledge more. Enough to favor them in this series if Embiid isn't 100%.
JJ Redick was 3rd on the Sixers in shots per game this year and was the 2nd leading scorer (behind Embiid).  I don't understand why people always leave him out of the equation when discussing the Sixers.  Now obviously he isn't a 1 on 1 scorer, but he has a ton of playoff experience, starts, and plays a huge role offensively.  Amir has been on the team all year and has 6 playoff seasons in his history and while not a key offensive player, he does play in the regular rotation.  Belinelli and Ilyasova have also taken a lot of shots since joining the team, and both have plenty of playoff experience (4 playoff seasons each and Belinelli has a title). 

Now sure, Embiid and Simmons are their 2 best and most important players and they have 0 playoff experience, but this notion that Philly doesn't have playoff experience is just silly, especially when you compare them to Miami, who has Wade and almost no one else with any truly meaningful playoff experience (Whiteside and Dragic had the 10 games a couple of seasons ago, KO had the run with Boston last year, but that is about it except for some minor bench roles from players in a season here or there).

Re: 2018 Playoffs predictions thread
« Reply #32 on: April 13, 2018, 08:40:24 AM »

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East
Toronto (1) v Washington (8] = 4-2
Boston (2) v Milwaukee (7) = 4-1
Philadelphia (3) v Miami (6) = 4-3
Cleveland (4) v Indiana (5) = 4-1

West
Houston (1) v Minnesota (8] = 4-1
Golden State (2) v San Antonio = 4-3
Portland (3) v New Orleans (6) = 4-3
Oklahoma City (4) v Utah (5) = 4-2

Round 2
East
Toronto v Cleveland = 3-4
Boston v Philadelphia = 4-3

West
Houston v OKC = 4-2
Golden State v  Portland= 4-3

Conference Finals

East
Clevelandv Boston = 4-3

West
Houston v Golden State= 4-1

Finals
Houston v Cleveland = 4-0
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Re: 2018 Playoffs predictions thread
« Reply #33 on: April 13, 2018, 08:45:42 AM »

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East
Toronto (1) v Washington (8] = 4-3
Boston (2) v Milwaukee (7) = 4-2
Philadelphia (3) v Miami (6) = 4-1
Cleveland (4) v Indiana (5) = 4-1

West
Houston (1) v Minnesota (8] = 4-0
Golden State (2) v San Antonio = 4-0
Portland (3) v New Orleans (6) = 3-4
Oklahoma City (4) v Utah (5) = 3-4

Round 2
East
Toronto v Cleveland = 2-4
Boston v Philadelphia = 4-3

West
Houston v Utah = 4-2
Golden State v New Orleans= 4-1

Conference Finals

East
Boston v Cavs = 2-4

West
Houston v Golden State= 3-4

Finals
Golden State v Cavs = 4-0

Re: 2018 Playoffs predictions thread
« Reply #34 on: April 23, 2018, 12:27:01 PM »

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Wanted to see if we had any geniuses in our midst here. It looks like just about everyone was equally wrong. Nobody saw the Pelicans sweep coming. Most are surprised the Spurs and Timberwolves won a game and I don't think anyone had the Pacers 2 to 2.

We should update this after round one is complete for fun.

Re: 2018 Playoffs predictions thread
« Reply #35 on: April 24, 2018, 07:34:54 AM »

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Wanted to see if we had any geniuses in our midst here. It looks like just about everyone was equally wrong. Nobody saw the Pelicans sweep coming. Most are surprised the Spurs and Timberwolves won a game and I don't think anyone had the Pacers 2 to 2.

We should update this after round one is complete for fun.

Great idea !

So far, I've overestimated the Spurs and Wolves' chances, and underestimated the Pacers and NOP, but otherwise I'm still on course for the remaining series' predictions. Hopefully both the Celtics and Wizards make it come true !

Re: 2018 Playoffs predictions thread
« Reply #36 on: April 24, 2018, 07:39:24 AM »

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East
Toronto (1) v Washington (8] = 4-2
Boston (2) v Milwaukee (7) = 4-2
Philadelphia (3) v Miami (6) = 4-3
Cleveland (4) v Indiana (5) = 4-1

West
Houston (1) v Minnesota (8] = 4-1
Golden State (2) v San Antonio = 4-2
Portland (3) v New Orleans (6) = 3-4
Oklahoma City (4) v Utah (5) = 4-2

Round 2
East
Toronto v Cleveland = 4-3
Boston v Philadelphia = 4-3

West
Houston v OKC = 4-2
Golden State v New Orleans = 3-4 (my bold prediction)

Conference Finals
East
Toronto v Boston = 4-2

West
Houston v New Orleans = 4-2

Finals
Houston v Toronto = 4-2
So far these two have been incredibly wrong, lol. Haven't got a series wrong so far! One I think I'm most likely to get wrong is Indy vs Cleveland, but that seems to mainly be due to some pretty awful officiating.

Re: 2018 Playoffs predictions thread
« Reply #37 on: April 28, 2018, 04:16:30 PM »

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Some 2nd round matchups are still to be determined (including ours) but since GSW/NOP starts tonight and Houston/Utah tomorrow, it's time for another round of predictions !

Since I doubted Playoffs Rondo and the Pels in round 1, I'm going to get bold and predict :
GSW-NOP : 2-4
Houston-Utah : 4-2

Re: 2018 Playoffs predictions thread
« Reply #38 on: April 28, 2018, 05:13:17 PM »

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Eastern Conference

Toronto Raptors (1) vs Washington Wizards (8} : Raptors in 7
Boston Celtics (2) vs Milwaukee Bucks (7) : Celtics in 7
Philadelphia Sixers (3) vs Miami Heat (6) : Heat in 6
Cleveland Cavaliers (4) vs Indiana Pacers (5) : Cavs in 4

Western Conference

Houston Rockets (1) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (8} : Rockets in 4
Golden State Warriors (2) vs San Antonio Spurs (7) : Warriors in 4
Portland Trailblazers (3) vs New Orleans Pelicans (6) : Trailblazers in 5
Oklahoma City Thunder (4) vs Utah Jazz (5) : Thunder in 5

Got either winner or # of games wrong on every single one, with just the C's series prediction up for grabs: picked C's in 7...  :o


Re: 2018 Playoffs predictions thread
« Reply #39 on: April 28, 2018, 05:14:10 PM »

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Some 2nd round matchups are still to be determined (including ours) but since GSW/NOP starts tonight and Houston/Utah tomorrow, it's time for another round of predictions !

Since I doubted Playoffs Rondo and the Pels in round 1, I'm going to get bold and predict :
GSW-NOP : 2-4
Houston-Utah : 4-2

I am going to go Houston to sweep to Utah and GSW to win 4-2 over NOP.

Assuming Steph Curry returns and gives GSW enough of an edge over NOP. Toss-up over the two sides if he does not (or if he is terrible post-injury).

Re: 2018 Playoffs predictions thread
« Reply #40 on: April 28, 2018, 05:39:18 PM »

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I missed this thread before, but here are my predictions from the main Playoffs thread.

Rockets over Timberwolves in 5
Jazz over Thunder in 7
Trailblazers over Pelicans in 6
Warriors over Spurs in 5
Raptors over Wizards in 5
Cavs over Pacers in 5
76ers over Heat in 7
Celtics over Bucks in 6

Rockets over Jazz in 4
Warriors over Trailblazers in 6
Raptors over Cavs in 6
Celtics over 76ers in 7

Rockets over Warriors in 7
Raptors over Celtics in 6

Rockets over Raptors in 6
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Re: 2018 Playoffs predictions thread
« Reply #41 on: April 29, 2018, 04:09:09 PM »

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What do you have for Toronto-Cleveland ? I have a hard time choosing a winner since I wouldn't be surprised to see Toronto choke (I have no faith in their supposed "change")... and at the same time the Cavs are really terrible.

I'll go with :

Toronto-Cleveland : 4-2

Re: 2018 Playoffs predictions thread
« Reply #42 on: April 30, 2018, 01:12:56 AM »

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It appears in the Western Conference, the top two teams (#1 and #2) and the middle teams (#5 and #6) have advanced into the next round.

And in the Eastern Conference, the top 4 teams have advanced into the next round but with some fights. Another classic 1 vs 4, and 2 vs 3 showdown.

Re: 2018 Playoffs predictions thread
« Reply #43 on: April 30, 2018, 02:19:10 AM »

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What do you have for Toronto-Cleveland ? I have a hard time choosing a winner since I wouldn't be surprised to see Toronto choke (I have no faith in their supposed "change")... and at the same time the Cavs are really terrible.

I'll go with :

Toronto-Cleveland : 4-2

Same. Cleveland is bad but you CANNOT trust Toronto in the playoffs.

Re: 2018 Playoffs predictions thread
« Reply #44 on: April 30, 2018, 03:58:18 AM »

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How dumb you have to be to end up with just Westbrook on your team while having Durant and Harden walk away?
It's 2018, I still can't figure out why keeping the least talented and the most selfish of the three. He is also the one that relies the most on its athleticism, read shorter prime/career.
OKC has a deserved great reputation for finding and developing talent, but once they become big players, OKC totally loses its special powers.
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