Southeast Division

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1. Washington Wizards

The talented roster remains intact for a chance to claim a top-3 spot in the conference.

2. Charlotte Hornets

Their depth is the envy of the division.

3. Miami Heat

It’s a young roster with a lot of room for improvement.

4. Orlando Magic

This could be the year they sneak up and claim a low playoff seed.

5. Atlanta Hawks

They are rebuilding in a very deliberate way and preparing for a rough year. Continue reading

2017 NBA Playoffs Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Boston Celtics vs. 8. Chicago Bulls

Players to Watch: G Isaiah Thomas and G Jimmy Butler

Who Wins: Celtics in 5 games

2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Indiana Pacers

Players to Watch: G Kyrie Irving and G Paul George

Who Wins: Cavaliers in 6 games

3. Toronto Raptors vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks

Players to Watch: G Kyle Lowry and F Giannis Antetokounmpo

Who Wins: Raptors in 6 games

4. Washington Wizards vs. 5. Atlanta Hawks

Players to Watch: G John Wall and F Paul Millsap

Who Wins: Wizards in 6 games

Western Conference

1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. Portland Trail Blazers

Players to Watch: F Draymond Green and G Damian Lillard

Who Wins: Warriors in 5 games

2. San Antonio Spurs vs. 7. Memphis Grizzlies

Players to Watch: F Kawhi Leonard and G Mike Conley

Who Wins: Spurs in 5 games

3. Houston Rockets vs. 6. Oklahoma City Thunder

Players to Watch: G James Harden and G Russell Westbrook

Who Wins: Rockets in 6 games

4. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 5. Utah Jazz

Players to Watch: G Chris Paul and G Gordon Hayward

Who Wins: Clippers in 7 games

NBA Finals and Award Projections

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MVP – Russell Westbrook – Thunder

Rookie – Buddy Hield – Pelicans

Coach – Alvin Gentry – Pelicans

Defensive Player – DeAndre Jordan – Clippers

Most Improved – D’Angelo Russell – Lakers

Sixth Man – Brandon Knight – Suns

Executive – Danny Ainge – Celtics Continue reading

Southeast Division

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1. Atlanta Hawks

Adding Dwight Howard gives them a presence in the paint they haven’t seen since Dikembe Mutombo.

2. Charlotte Hornets

Their frontcourt depth puts them in the upper echelon of the conference.

3. Washington Wizards

With a new coach maybe they can still salvage the current roster structure and have a longer playoff stay.

4. Orlando Magic

The future is looking pretty intriguing for the franchise.

5. Miami Heat

Losing Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh has put them back into obscurity. Continue reading

NBA Semifinals Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 4. Atlanta Hawks

Players to Watch: G Kyrie Irving and F Paul Millsap

Who Wins: Cavaliers in 6 games

3. Miami Heat vs. 2. Toronto Raptors

Players to Watch: G Goran Dragic and G DeMar DeRozan

Who Wins: Raptors in 6 games

Western Conference

1. Golden State Warriors vs. 5 Portland Trail Blazers

Players to Watch: G Klay Thompson and G C.J. McCollum

Who Wins: Warriors in 5 games

2. San Antonio Spurs vs. 3. Oklahoma City Thunder

Players to Watch: F LaMarcus Aldridge and G Russell Westbrook

Who Wins: Spurs in 6 games