What's up everybody! Playoffs officially start today, so I thought, why not make a post where we can all make our predictions! This isn't 100% Knicks related, but I know we all love speculating and predicting, so let's do it.
Bulls in 4. The Pacers are a talented, semi-deep team, but even on their own floor, I can't see them taking a win. Furthermore, they're not experienced, and the Bulls are absolutely taking care of business right now.
Heat in 5. As much as I'd love to see an upset here, the 76ers don't match up well, and even their best positions (SG, SF, PF) all match up worse than what the Heat offer at those positions. However, I can definitely see Philly stealing a game, or maybe even two. But at the end of the day, the Heat are just too good.
This is the toughest one to write as a die-hard Knicks fan, but I'm trying to give honest predictions. Celtics in 6. The Celtics are limping and are vulnerable, but I just can't see the Knicks knocking them off. Seth on TKB TV made a good point last night, that if it comes down to game 6 in the Garden, the Knicks could send it back to Boston. However, I think if the Celts are on the verge of the knockout, they can win in New York, because they've done it twice this year in front of playoff-like crowds.
Magic in 6. Perhaps no team has limped into the playoffs worse than the Hawks. They got decimated by Orlando last year in the semi's, but won the season series this year. I still think the Magic are a very good, dangerous team. Jameer Nelson steps up his game in the playoffs, and I think the Magic's backcourt of Jason Richardson and JJ Reddick will too. Dwight Howard is almost always dominant.
Spurs in 7. This might surprise some of ya'll, but I see this series as a barn-burner. Memphis and San Antonio split the season series. Memphis has nothing to lose. The Spurs, namely Manu Ginobili, are limping a little bit. I don't like to call the Spurs old, because they really aren't that old, save for Tim Duncan, but the Grizlies are a young, fast team with an energetic frontline. I can see Mike Conley and Tony Allen in the backcourt and Dorrell Arthur, Z-Bo and Marc Gasol in the front giving the Spurs fits. However, the Spurs' experience and just better overall talent takes the series.
Lakers in 5. I was going to call this a sweep, but the Lakers too are limping a bit, and Chris Paul's advantage over anything the Lakers offer at the PG position might be enough to steal a game. Trevor Ariza might have a big series to show up his old team, but without David West, the Hornets really won't make this competitive.
Mavericks in 6. I know Dallas has become every team's preferred playoff opponent, because they've flopped numerous times in the past several years, but I still think this team is dangerous. They've got solid depth at every position. The Blazers will make this one competitive, no doubt, but in the end I think the Mavs are too good. If they win this series and can get some confidence flowing, I see Dallas as a contender.
Thunder in 7. I don't think either team is excited for this matchup. For one, Denver did not want OKC, George Karl said that much. However, the Thunder now have giant expectations upon them. They have to take care of business in this series, even if it takes 7 games. The Thunder's talent is far greater than Denver, but playing in the Pepsi Center is tough and George Karl is a hell of a coach, with a deep, deep team. That said, the Nuggets aren't healthy right now. Wilson Chandler is not 100%, Aaron Afflalo, who's huge to the team's success, is not healthy, Chris Andersen isn't and neither is Timofey Mozgov, who's insurance for Andersen. This will be a fun series, and one of the most anticipated, but OKC will come out on top.
Well there are my predictions! Comment on them, bash them, agree with them, and give your own! I might do this for each round