2019 NBA Playoffs Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 8. Detroit Pistons

Players to Watch: G Eric Bledsoe and F Blake Griffin

Who Wins: Bucks in 5 games

2. Toronto Raptors vs. 7. Orlando Magic

Players to Watch: F Kawhi Leonard and C Nikola Vucevic

Who Wins: Raptors in 5 games

3. Philadelphia 76ers vs. 6. Brooklyn Nets

Players to Watch: C Joel Embiid and G D’Angelo Russell

Who Wins: 76ers in 6 games

4. Boston Celtics vs. 5. Indiana Pacers

Players to Watch: G Kyrie Irving and F Myles Turner

Who Wins: Celtics in 6 games

Western Conference

1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. Los Angeles Clippers

Players to Watch: F Kevin Durant and F Danilo Gallinari

Who Wins: Warriors in 5 games

2. Denver Nuggets vs. 7. San Antonio Spurs

Players to Watch: C Nikola Jokic and F LaMarcus Aldridge

Who Wins: Nuggets in 6 games

3. Portland Trail Blazers vs. 6. Oklahoma City Thunder

Players to Watch: G Damian Lillard and F Paul George

Who Wins: Trail Blazers in 7 games

4. Houston Rockets vs. 5. Utah Jazz

Players to Watch: G Chris Paul and G Donovan Mitchell

Who Wins: Rockets in 6 games

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NBA Finals and Award Projections

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* – 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

Northwest Division

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1. Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook has a full commitment from Paul George. Now let’s see how this will play out.

2. Utah Jazz

They have a star in Donovan Mitchell and they will take advantage of his talents.

3. Denver Nuggets

As long as Nikola Jokic continues to improve they should have no problems getting to the playoffs this year.

4. Portland Trail Blazers

There’s no reason to think they’ll be in playoff contention, but this conference is stacked.

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

An offseason with a trade demand from Jimmy Butler only adds to the dysfunction in the organization. Continue reading

2018 NBA Playoffs Preview

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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

NBA Finals and Award Projections

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MVP – Kawhi Leonard – Spurs

Rookie – Ben Simmons – 76ers

Coach – Tom Thibodeau – Timberwolves

Defensive Player – Kawhi Leonard – Spurs

Most Improved – Blake Griffin – Clippers

Sixth Man – Lou Williams – Clippers

Executive – Sam Presti – Thunder Continue reading