NBA Finals and Award Projections

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* – indicates playoffs

MVP – Damian Lillard – Trail Blazers

Rookie – Ja Morant – Grizzlies

Coach – Doc Rivers – Clippers

Defensive Player – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Bucks

Most Improved – Kristaps Porzingis – Mavericks

Sixth Man – Lou Williams – Clippers

Executive – Lawrence Frank – Clippers

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Northwest Division

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1. Denver Nuggets

They boast the same team with a couple additions that should contribute immediately.

2. Portland Trail Blazers

They aren’t playing around and are going for it this season with the moves they made in the offseason.

3. Utah Jazz

Expectations fell short for them last year, but adding Mike Conley should raise those expectations again.

4. Oklahoma City Thunder

Realizing they were in a lose-lose situation, they maximized their assets in dealing Russell Westbrook and Paul George in separate deals.

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

They could be a sneaky good team, but there are too many questions surrounding the supporting cast around Karl-Anthony Towns. Continue reading

NBA Conference Finals Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 2. Toronto Raptors

Players to Watch: F Giannis Antetokounmpo and F Kawhi Leonard

Who Wins: Bucks in 7 games

Western Conference

1. Golden State Warriors vs. 3. Portland Trail Blazers

Players to Watch: G Stephen Curry and G C.J. McCollum

Who Wins: Warriors in 6 games

NBA Semifinals Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 4. Boston Celtics

Players to Watch: F Giannis Antetokounmpo and F Jayson Tatum

Who Wins: Bucks in 6 games

2. Toronto Raptors vs. 3. Philadelphia 76ers

Players to Watch: F Kawhi Leonard and G Ben Simmons

Who Wins: Raptors in 7 games

Western Conference

1. Golden State Warriors vs. 4. Houston Rockets

Players to Watch: F Kevin Durant and G James Harden

Who Wins: Warriors in 6 games

2. Denver Nuggets vs. 3. Portland Trail Blazers

Players to Watch: G Jamal Murray and G Damian Lillard

Who Wins: Trail Blazers in 7 games

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