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Sunday, April 21, 2019

NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference First Round Prediction Thread!

I thought this might be a fun thing to do…





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18 comments on “NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference First Round Prediction Thread!

  1. Hubert

    Which destination for Zion will hurt the most?

    I think Chicago is up there.

    I was actually going to rank this the other day!

    I think Bruno nailed the worst outcome: Dallas.

    LA, Chicago, and Cleveland would all be very annoying since they’ve all had way too much luck.

    New Orleans and Phoenix would suck from the sense that it’s dumping Zion in a shit market.

    If it’s not us, the only teams that wouldn’t really piss me off are Atlanta and Washington.

  2. Nick C.

    I went for Bucks in a sweep, Raptors in 5, Sixers in 6 and Celtics in 7. It wasn’t intentional that it went in order like that, but considering these are listed in order of seed I guess it makes sense.

  3. The Honorable Cock Jowles

    If it’s not us, the only teams that wouldn’t really piss me off are Atlanta and Washington.

    I want to see Zion in the playoffs before his first max deal, so Washington would be rough. They’re so fucked for like four years. He wouldn’t play a meaningful game until 2022 at the earliest.

  4. Owen

    Bucks and Giannis. Because he’s Greek!

    Honestly, I think he’s operating at a level right now that few have recently reached. He is as dominant on defense as he is on offense and he has something prove. Losing Brogdon is a chink in their armor and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Philly or Toronto go through but I have to think it’s the Freak’s year.

    And I agree about the Wizards. New Orleans probably in the same bucket. Hate to see AD all over again.

  5. The Honorable Cock Jowles

    I made a $20 bracket with a few guys in my industry. Picked Bucks over Warriors in the Finals…

  6. Brian Cronin Post author

    I want to see Zion in the playoffs before his first max deal, so Washington would be rough. They’re so fucked for like four years. He wouldn’t play a meaningful game until 2022 at the earliest.

    If you added Zion to the Wizards, I think they could compete for the playoffs in probably year two of his contract.

    Satoransky/Washed-up Wall
    Beal
    Ariza
    Zion/Portis
    Bryant

    I think they’re closer to mediocrity than you would expect. I mean, compare that roster to the Pistons:

    Jackson
    Ellington
    Brown
    Griffin
    Drummond

    I think the Wizads would compare fairly favorably.

    Their upside would be, like, #7 seed, so yeah, not a good place for Zion in general, but in simply “just compete for the playoffs” terms, I think that they’d basically be there very quickly.

  7. Bruno Almeida

    I’ve picked up the Bucks to best the Rockets in the finals in a poll with a group of friends, but I will admit it’s a lot more wishful thinking than analysis. I just hope we don’t get a garbage finals like last season, which was truly incredibly boring to watch after JR’s crazy blunder ended the Cavs biggest chance.

  8. swiftandabundant

    I saw some stat saying The Bucks had over 20 wins this year where they won by more than 20 points or something like that and that the previous 7 teams to do that all won championships.

  9. thenoblefacehumper

    Bucks in 4, Raptors in 5, Sixers in 5 (this could change drastically if Embiid is hurt…), Celtics in 6.

  10. Brian Cronin Post author

    This was the only Rise of the Sky Walker that I was interested in before now.

  11. geo

    the only difference to the majority – I picked nets in seven…

    interesting to see some folks picking the pacers over the celtics…

  12. Owen

    Oh man, Cronin. How do you do that?

    I think losing Brogdon is a blow to their dominance. Still a good team though.

  13. vincoug

    Bucks in 5
    Raptors in 6
    76ers in 5
    Celtics in 7

    Wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Bucks and 76ers sweep. Also wouldn’t be surprised to see Indy beat Boston though I’m rooting for the Celtics because I think the further Boston goes in the playoffs the more likely it is Kyrie resigns with them. I really don’t want to sign a flat earther with multiple major knee injuries to a max contract.

  14. Grocer

    I kept waiting for the Eastern Conference thread, and here it was all along. Grocer is bad at scrolling.

    Bucks in 4
    Raptors in 4
    Sixers in 6
    Pacers in 6

    Good point about Kyrie, I guess I should root for Boston. ugh.

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