Posted on: April 18, 2009 10:02 am
Edited on: April 21, 2009 8:50 pm

NBA Playoff Predictions

 Round One:

Eastern Conference:

Cleveland Cavaliers logo Cavs 4 Pistons 3 (One seed winning here, Cavs have Lebron, and with a dominant PG to compliment his work, there is no wondering why they have the one seed)

Chicago Bulls logoBulls 4 Celtics 2 (upset, not due to Kevin Garnet missing, but due to the fact I think the Bulls have the makings of what it takes to win)


Orlando Magic logoMagic 4 Sixers 0 (Magic get the sweep here!)

Miami Heat logoHeat 4 Hawks 2 (They matchup pretty equally, but DWade is too good!)

Western Conference

Los Angeles Lakers logoLakers 4 Jazz 1 (Kobe's chance for a title shot starts here.)


Denver Nuggets logo Nuggets 4 - Hornets 3 (Anthony and company oust the Hornets in a close battle, CP3, Chris Paul, falls to Billups, a slow start for the Hornets, will also be with a slow end)

Dallas Mavericks logoMavericks 4 - Spurs 2 (I think that the Mavs after the blow out over the Suns have all the confidence in the world, Parker, without Ginobli, one of the top sixth men, will fall.)

Houston Rockets logoRockets 4 Blazers 2 (This should be a terrific game, the Blazers can give up a fight, but they will also give up some hope.)

Eastern Conference, Round Two

Cleveland Cavaliers logoCavs 4 Heat 1 (King James oust Wade and company, in my opinion the Heat have made a few too many transactions in recent years, and it bites them in the butt here.  Cavaliers winning, nothing new here.)

Chicago Bulls logoBulls 4 Magic 3 (Gorden and Bulls prove they can knock off two of the East's beasts)

Western Conference

Los Angeles Lakers logoLakers 4 Rockets 0 (Lakers outmatch the Rockets, even with dominant post presence, the Lakers still win.)

 Denver Nuggets logoNuggets 4 Mavericks 3 (Billups leads the team to the Western Finals, Kidd may be a dominant playmaker, although ever since Billups arrived him, Anthony, and the rest of the Nuggets have clicked.)

Conference Finals: East

Cleveland Cavaliers logoCavs 4 Bulls 0 (Lebron is too much for the Bulls, the Cinderella story ends here for the Bulls as they will lose the silver slipper, or whatever slipper, for a team that was not .500 since around the tenth game of the year, an Eastern Conference Finals is enough for them.)

Conference Finals: West

Los Angeles Lakers logoLakers 4 Nuggets 1 (Kobe and company win almost all positional battles, unless Anthony can average 35 games in the series the Lakers will advance to the NBA Finals.  Another possible outcome is if the Lakers overlook this battle and look ahead to the Finals.)


Los Angeles Lakers logoLakers 4 Cavs 2 (I do not want to sound biased in any such way, that is irrelevant in a way or two, the rest of the playoffs seem to loom over the Lakers shoulders as a respite.  They will elude the powers of King James, after last year's embarrassing finish to the finals, there is no way that Kobe will lose if he does it is because he is listless and would be suffering from wan like symptoms.  The only way I believe Kobe will be stopped in the playoffs, is if Kobe gets sick.  The peerless Cavs, will no longer be known as the top team in the NBA, that is of course, if the Lakers bring home the trophy.  X-Factor: Mo Williams, if the Cavs can get him open shot opportunities against Fisher, attention may be drawn away from LJ, and the outcome of the series might favor the Cavs.  You might consider me as a charlatan, albeit, I guarentee you, I have watched plenty Lakers games, along with Cavs games, saying I have seen the matchups against each other is irrelevant, no joke, the Cavs always had someone injured while playing the Lakers.  Don't forget, Andrew Bynum is back.)


Posted on: March 27, 2009 5:14 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2009 5:43 pm

Kansas vs. Michigan State Sweet Sixteen Preview

No, I have NOT gave up on Duke, I just happen to be writing a preview for a game that I think will be rather interesting.  The defending National Champions are, playing higher ranked, Michigan State.  This game is not about winning the game, but about winning matchups which will be key to both teams' success.

This game should be interested as Kansas has really great bigs, however the Spartans big men are great defenders.  However, I think the key matchup is at the point guard position, were Sherron Collins takes on Kalin Lucas.  They both, in my opinion, are the best guards in their respected conferences.  Lucas has great leadership, however he is not a person who consistently lights up the scoreboard, and does so rarely, but his leadership is key.  He, much like Collins, possess great three-point ability.  Sherron Collins is close to averaging 20 points a game, albeit, he may get a lot of assists as well, his key atribute is his speed.  He can take Lucas out of the game by out running him and tireing out and if he does so I bet Kansas wins the game.

Michigan State (28-6), is a team getting better and better but have not always shined under the spotlight this year as they have lost a few key games, well-coached and well-disciplined, they won't be intimidated by Kansas' (27-7), Big 12 style of play.  This game ineteresting as it is another 2 v. 3 seed matchup, both games that have been 2 v. 3 have gone in favor of the three seed.  Oh yeah, on January Tenth Kansas was beat by Michigan State, they both are now improved and tougher, I think Kansas is more improved and that makes me want to grab my extra 'I can't Believe It's Not Butter!' popcorn!  The winner of this game advances to the elite eight to play on Sunday.  Here is what I have been waiting for, I have said I've been anticipating this game, but more so of a Big 10 vs. Big 12 in the Sweet Sixteen, for those who say the Big 10 has mroe depth, and those who say the Big 12 has more depth, this game can help persuade your opinion.

The Kansas Jayhawks remind me of the Chicago Bulls because of the fact they have a pentrator at the point, much like the Bulls who can dish it off to a big man, and do it with the upmost finesse.  As I am sure that this two-man game will be a part of each teams gameplan, for MSU to try and stop, and for Kansas to try and run, Cole Aldrich can play under the rim as well as almost everyone.

My Prediction: Kansas (outrunning MSU) 68 to Michigan State 63.  I would be suprised to see Michigan State win this one and advance to the elite eight, but I was suprised last night, twice.  To see the the CBS preview as well as the video preview, click here.  I also hope that Kansas wins this matchup since my bracket is already messed up as it is.  The Jayhawks also average more points than the Spartans, as Gary Parish says, contrary to the old saying, Offense Wins Championships.







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