NBA Finals and Award Projections

* – indicates playoffs

MVP – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Bucks

Rookie – Luka Doncic – Mavericks

Coach – Mike Budenholzer – Bucks

Defensive Player – Kawhi Leonard – Raptors

Most Improved – Kawhi Leonard – Raptors

Sixth Man – Kyle Kuzma – Lakers

Executive – Magic Johnson – Lakers Continue reading “NBA Finals and Award Projections”

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Southwest Division

1. Houston Rockets

They were one win away from the Finals last year. They won’t change what worked for them last year.

2. San Antonio Spurs

Gone is Kawhi Leonard and replacing him is a perennial scorer in DeMar DeRozan who changes the focus of this team.

3. New Orleans Pelicans

Even without DeMarcus Cousins this team is capable of making a surprising run in the competitive Western Conference.

4. Memphis Grizzlies

Health is the biggest factor for them. Mainly with their point guard Mike Conley.

5. Dallas Mavericks

Getting Luka Doncic was exactly what this franchise needed. Continue reading “Southwest Division”

NBA Conference Finals Preview

Eastern Conference

2. Boston Celtics vs. 4. Cleveland Cavaliers

Players to Watch: F Jaylen Brown and F LeBron James

Who Wins: Cavaliers in 7 games

Western Conference

1. Houston Rockets vs. 2. Golden State Warriors

Players to Watch: G Chris Paul and F Draymond Green

Who Wins: Warriors in 6 games

NBA Semifinals Preview

Eastern Conference

1. Toronto Raptors vs. 4. Cleveland Cavaliers

Players to Watch: G DeMar DeRozan and F LeBron James

Who Wins: Cavaliers in 6 games

2. Boston Celtics vs. 3. Philadelphia 76ers

Players to Watch: G Terry Rozier and C Joel Embiid

Who Wins: Celtics in 6 games

Western Conference

1. Houston Rockets vs. 5. Utah Jazz

Players to Watch: G James Harden and G Donovan Mitchell

Who Wins: Rockets in 6 games

2. Golden State Warriors vs. 6. New Orleans Pelicans

Players to Watch: G Klay Thompson and G Rajon Rondo

Who Wins: Warriors in 6 games

2018 NBA Playoffs Preview

Eastern Conference

1. Toronto Raptors vs. 8. Washington Wizards

Players to Watch: G DeMar DeRozan and G Bradley Beal

Who Wins: Raptors in 6 games

2. Boston Celtics vs. 7. Milwaukee Bucks

Players to Watch: F Jayson Tatum and F Giannis Antetokounmpo

Who Wins: Celtics in 7 games

3. Philadelphia 76ers vs. 6. Miami Heat

Players to Watch: F Ben Simmons and C Hassan Whiteside

Who Wins: 76ers in 6 games

4. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 5. Indiana Pacers

Players to Watch: F Kevin Love and G Victor Oladipo

Who Wins: Cavaliers in 7 games

Western Conference

1. Houston Rockets vs. 8. Minnesota Timberwolves

Players to Watch: G Chris Paul and C Karl-Anthony Towns

Who Wins: Rockets in 6 games

2. Golden State Warriors vs. 7. San Antonio Spurs

Players to Watch: F Kevin Durant and G Dejounte Murray

Who Wins: Warriors in 5 games

3. Portland Trail Blazers vs. 6. New Orleans Pelicans

Players to Watch: C Jusuf Nurkic and G Rajon Rondo

Who Wins: Trail Blazers in 6 games

4. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. 5. Utah Jazz

Players to Watch: G Russell Westbrook and G Donovan Mitchell

Who Wins: Thunder in 6 games