Southwest Division

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1. San Antonio Spurs

There wasn’t any splashy moves, but their depth is what will help them stay as contenders.

2. Houston Rockets

Getting Chris Paul could put them into the top tier of the conference.

3. New Orleans Pelicans

A full season with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins should have them in the hunt for a playoff spot.

4. Memphis Grizzlies

The conference has gotten tougher for them to sneak into a low playoff seed.

5. Dallas Mavericks

There is some excitement surrounding their lottery pick Dennis Smith Jr. and what the future holds for this franchise. Continue reading

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NBA Conference Finals Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Boston Celtics vs. 2. Cleveland Cavaliers

Players to Watch: G Isaiah Thomas and F LeBron James

Who Wins: Cavaliers in 6 games

Western Conference

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

Players to Watch: F Draymond Green and F Kawhi Leonard

Who Wins: Warriors in 6 games

NBA Semifinals Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Boston Celtics vs. 4. Washington Wizards

Players to Watch: G Isaiah Thomas and G John Wall

Who Wins: Celtics in 7 games

2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 3. Toronto Raptors

Players to Watch: F LeBron James and F DeMar DeRozan

Who Wins: Cavaliers in 6 games

Western Conference

1. Golden State Warriors vs. 5. Utah Jazz

Players to Watch: F Kevin Durant and F Joe Johnson

Who Wins: Warriors in 5 games

2. San Antonio Spurs vs. 3. Houston Rockets

Players to Watch: F Kawhi Leonard and G James Harden

Who Wins: Spurs in 7 games

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