04 May 2013

2013 NBA Playoffs: Conference Semifinals Predictions

And we are onto the conference semifinals in the 2013 NBA Playoffs and boy did the first round get wild when we thought it was subpar? Will the next round be as exciting? Here are my predictions.

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(1) Miami Heat vs. (5) Chicago Bulls
Chicago's only chance in this series is if Derrick Rose comes back and is at MVP form, without that, they are not going to win a game in this series, let alone pull the upset. They just do not have the offense to get through a fantastic Miami defense and they have been too riddled by injuries and lack the depth that they would need. Crank out the brooms, folks.
Miami in 4

(2) New York Knicks vs. (3) Indiana Pacers
I think this is a tough series to pick for a couple of key reasons. First, the Knicks did not play as well as we they could have and allowed a weak Celtics team to hang around too long before finally putting them away in game six. Second, the Pacers are a pretty weak road team as they were sub-.500 in the regular season away from Indianapolis and they had a pair of bad losses by decent margins to the Hawks. I will give the slight edge to New York because they have the weapons to light up the scoreboard, which the Pacers do not boast, and they can crank out grinder victories as well.
Knicks in 7

(1) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Memphis Grizzlies
I know some other folks are feeling an upset here and I am as well. I lost some faith in Oklahoma City as they failed to finish off the Rockets for a couple of games despite having the opportunity for the sweep as Russell Westbrook's injury forced the club to become overreliant on Kevin Durant and if Kevin Martin was not hot, the offense was a mess. And now they have a quality club in Memphis that is excellent defensively and will able to play very physical to wind down Durant, which will spell doom for the Thunder.
Grizzlies in 6

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (6) Golden State Warriors
Do I think the Warriors have a shot to win this series? I actually do, particularly if the Warriors shoot as well as they did against Denver, if Steph Curry is as awesome as we was in the first round and if they get good contributions from David Lee. But a well-rested Spurs club that has the defense to slow down Golden State as well as the offense to not be afraid of a shoutout will end up coming out on top.
Spurs in 6

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