Monday, May 16, 2011

2011 NBA Playoff Predictions: Conference Finals

Even though we are already one game into the Eastern Conference Finals, it's still time for me to make my Conference Finals Predictions! After an exciting first round, the NBA Playoffs got even better in the second round, what with the huge Mavericks upset and the 7 game Thunder/Grizzlies series. With two more great series on tap for the Conference Finals, we could be headed for one heck of a finish. After going 3 for 4 on my second round predictions, here are my Conference Finals picks:

Western Conference
Thunder vs. Mavericks

Mavericks in 6

Things seem lined up for the Thunder to take the next step now that the Lakers and Spurs have been knocked off. Unfortunately for the Thunder, they are coming up against a Mavericks team that just played their best series in team history. The Mavs have it all right now, from the ridiculous three point shooting to the incredible point guard to the unstoppable superstar, which should all add up to more than OKC can handle. While this series does have a bit of a youth vs. experience vibe to it, I think both teams are ready for the big stage and it should be a great series. Count on Dirk not being denied another shot at a title.

Eastern Conference
Bulls vs. Heat

Heat in 6

This was my pick before Game 1 and I'm sticking to it. Sure, after how the Bulls manhandled them in Game 1, I would be smart to switch it to Heat in 7, but I'm banking on Miami just having a hangover from their win over the Celtics. Expect the real Heat to show up in Game 2 and pull out a tough road win. There is a lot to like with the Bulls, from their size, ability to guard just about anyone and, of course, the brilliance of Derrick Rose, but I've seen enough from the Heat to know that when they are on, they are the best team in the league. Winning 4 of the next 5 against Chicago is a tall order but if anyone can do it, it's Miami.

Those are my picks for the Conference Finals. Let me know if you agree or disagree!

18 comments:

Number said...

WCF -------- mavs in 6 - OCK will put up a great effort...Durant is an amazing player he hits tough shots but he will not be able to stop Dirk..Dallas is just playing with at better deck. heres the score dallas has dirk +1...experiecence +2...tyson chandler +3....dirks ability to effectively draw the foul 50% of the time +4..OKC has Durant +1 and either westbrook or harden +1...I say westbrook or harden because the inconsistency of these players takes away from the confidence level in my prediction. with that being said dallas wins 4-2....and that how the series will go...mavs in 6
ECF------ Bulls in 6 - game one showed the bulls depth...coach thibs has made his team play ol'school basketball with defense and shot contests and steals and hands up in faces and puttin bodies on people...even tho the bulls played a lathargic game two, shot 38% from the field, and DROSE was cold..despite the lack of intensity from chicagoin game 2, they still managed to have a tie game with 4 mins to go...miami was giving it everything, bring haslem off the bench, leaving lebron and wade in for extended periods of time..miami's bench is deficient it is obvious...and that will utimiately hinder there chances of winning... please note that a lathargic bulls team still pulled off a tie game with 4 mins to go in the fourth...miami is in trouble bulls bench is deep...I see red...bulls in 6

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