Well, I was fairly accurate on my picks for the West preseason but the East not so much. Let’s see how I fared.
East Predictions in Order
Pacers – Bulls – Heat – Nets – Pistons – Cavs – Knicks – Bucks
Wizards – Raptors – Hawks
Not Horrible, No Playoffs Magic – Bobcats
Cellar – 76ers – Celtics
Let’s start with the predictions. I thought I would be right on with the top 4 teams and I was somewhat. I think if Derrick Rose didn’t go down with an injury, Chicago would have take the 2 seed. I figured the Heat would coast and rest, which they did. With that said.. I really expected the Cavs and Knicks to make the playoffs, but when you have massive disfunction, that’s going to make it a hard road. It’s safe to say both teams were disappointing. The Bucks.. That was just a BIG whiff. I thought they had some competitive pieces to squeeze in but it went the other way badly. As for the Wizards, Raptors, and Hawks, they played much better than expected, especially the Raptors. The Bobcats surprised me the most, but having a presence like Al Jefferson in the paint was a huge boost for this team. More than expected.
I predicted the Indiana Pacers to beat the Miami Heat in the preseason.. How do I feel know?
Here’s my picks
Indiana over Atlanta 4 -1 Miami over Charlotte 4-1
Brooklyn over Toronto 4-2 Washington over Chicago 4-3
Indiana over Washington 4-1
Miami over Brooklyn 4-2
Miami over Indiana in 6.
West Predictions in Order
San Antonio – Clippers – Golden State – OKC – Houston – Minnesota – Grizzlies – Trailblazers
Mavericks – Nuggets – Lakers
Bottom – Kings – Suns – Jazz
I was spot on for the most part in the West. I think Minnesota starting out bad was a big issue and the Mavericks played above expectation. I was wrong about the Suns like everyone else, and the Lakers being decimated by injuries made them much worst.
I picked the Clippers over the Thunder.. What about now?
Here’s my West Picks
San Antonio over Dallas 4-1 OKC over Memphis 4-1
Clippers over Golden State 4-3 Houston over Portland 4-3
OKC over Clippers 4-3 San Antonio over Houston 4-3
OKC over San Antonio 4-2
NBA CHAMPIONSHIP. I picked Clippers over Pacers in the Preseason. Now..
OKC over Miami 4-2.
One thing OKC has that they didn’t last year is Russell Westbrook. I think he is the key to their success. His aggressiveness and angry play motivates the Thunder. I think the Clippers are in for a fight versus Golden State and OKC will be rested after breezing by Memphis.
What do you think ?