Horrible predictions: NBA Playoffs style

I realized when I woke up this morning that the NBA playoffs start today and I hadn’t made my predictions.

Not like it matters, though. I expect, like all my predictions, this to be horribly off. So after reading these, remember to head to Vegas and bet on a Lakers-Heat NBA Finals.

And yes, I may be a homer, but I don’t think I am THAT off base with my predictions.

Eastern Conference

Round 1

Bulls vs. Pacers — Bulls in 4: Should be an easy sweep

Magic vs. Hawks — Magic in 6: I actually think the Hawks are going to make Orlando sweat it out for a bit.

Celtics vs. Knicks — Celtics in 5: Knicks just don’t have the defense or depth to do well in the playoffs.

Heat vs. 76ers — Heat in 4: This should be another easy sweep.

Round 2

Bulls vs. Magic — Bulls in 6: Dwight Howard should be worth at least one win for the Magic. However, they have no one that can consistently stop Derrick Rose.

Heat vs. Celtics — Heat in 6: I expect all the games to be close. However, the Celtics are a little too long in the tooth to consistently run with the Heat.

Conference Finals

Bulls vs. Heat — Bulls in 7: The Bulls are tougher, deeper and have a definite go-to guy in the clutch. The Heat have none of those. The Bulls will pull out Game 7 late, and DWade will spend the offseason wondering why LeBron took a horrible shot at the end, instead of passing it to an open guy.

Western Conference

Round 1

Spurs vs. Grizzlies — Spurs in 5: Even without Manu, the Spurs are too physical for Memphis.

Thunder vs. Nuggets — Thunder in 5: Everyone is predicting this to be a long series, but I don’t see it. Team-ball like Denver plays works in the regular season, but isn’t as good in the playoffs when you need a go-to star.

Lakers vs. Hornets — Lakers in 5: LA needs to make a statement that it means business now that the playoffs have started.

Mavericks vs. Blazers — Blazers in 7: I smell an upset brewing. Gerald Wallace has added some energy to Portland’s line-up, and Dallas will have a hard time stopping them.

Round 2

Spurs vs. Thunder — Thunder in 7: OKC has fresh legs, some clutch players and an enforcer in the middle that will make things difficult for Tim Duncan. San Antonio won’t go quietly, but the Thunder will be up for the challenge.

Lakers vs. Blazers — Lakers in 6: This seems like a series where Kobe would take over in at least two games to carry the Lakers.

Conference Finals

Lakers vs. Thunder — Thunder in 7: OKC gave LA a scare last season. This year, the Lakers are older, OKC is more experienced and the Thunder also have Kendrick Perkins. The Celtics would have beat LA in the Finals last year were Perkins healthy for Game 7. Should be a classic series, with the young kids getting it done.

NBA Finals

Bulls vs. Thunder — Bulls in 6: This will be fun. There are some great young stars and two teams that play with a lot of hustle. If OKC wants to run, that is fine with the Bulls. However, in the end, Chicago’s defense will be too much for the Thunder.

Mad ramblings

• But what will Cuddles do with his ‘Back to the Future’ box set?

This isn’t that bad of an idea. I wonder if Tejada would notice me doing this while she was asleep?

• How do you combat pesky deans? You can throw a toga party. Or, you can do what the students at this newspaper did.

• Two weeks into the season, and already my Red Sox to win the World Series prediction looks fantastic.

• Dear OnStar, I don’t want to pay $20 a month for your services. What a rip off!

• Yeh-Peu-Dah and I went to see the ‘Hairspray’ music at an outdoor theatre in downtown Houston. I must have driven by that place about 20 times and never knew it existed. Very fun time…and free too!

Bear Down and Keep the Faith!


About Joshua Buckley

I used to be a Sports Editor. Now I'm the Media Relations Manager at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.


2 thoughts on “Horrible predictions: NBA Playoffs style

  1. I was waiting to see just how far you’d have the Bulls going in this, and you surpassed even my wildest expectations. Nicely done.

    Posted by David Clemons | April 16, 2011, 2:30 pm
  2. Wow. Bulls – Thunder. Enjoy being out there on that limb.

    Posted by southernmaninindy | April 17, 2011, 7:54 am

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