On the heels of a phenomenal march madness tourney and an epic Masters, the NBA playoffs are about to begin. And if those two sporting events are any indication, these upcoming playoffs are going to be filled with barn burners and buzzer beating 3s. Here’s a quick look at the matchups, if the playoffs started today:
1. Thunder vs Lakers: We’re going to pay homage to Bill Simmon’s “Ewing theory” and predict a Lakers upset. It doesn’t strictly apply here since it’s usually associated around stars who have never won anything, and Kobe certainly isn’t that star, but it’s still applicable. The media has written off the Lakers for dead and it’s a foregone conclusion they’ll be swept by the Thunder. But the Lake Show will rally around they’re fallen star, feed off the “no one believes in us” hype, take the series to game 7 and then win it when Dwight and Pau combine for 70 points and 40 boards and World Peace plays at a mythical level.
2. Spurs vs Rockets: As much we enjoy watching The Beard and Linsanity in the backcourt, this is the Spurs final march towards immortality (haven’t we been saying this for years?). Timmy Duncan is the greatest power forward to ever play the game and he ain’t going out in the first round to the Rockets, unless Hakeem the Dream comes out of nowhere.
3. Nuggets vs Warriors: This is the sleeper pick for most entertaining first round series. Curry is hands down the purest shooter in the Association right now and can go off for 30 any night. The Nuggets play tenacious team ball, are deep and are rugged. But Klay Thompson is the x-factor here. He’ll play well and back up his boy Curry and the Warriors take this in 6. Shameless plug: use Pogoseat to upgrade your seats at the Warriors game and get courtside to watch Curry make it rain!
4. Clippers vs Grizzlies: Actually check that, this will be the most entertaining series in round one. Lob City is really just an NBA highlight reel and you can be certain Chris Paul is ready to make a deep run. When you combine the best point guard in the league with Blake and DeAndre, good things happen. But don’t think the Grizzlies will going quietly into the night. Pau’s younger bro Marc is a beast down low and Mike Conley is emerging into a legit threat on the perimeter. This will be a backyard brawl with the Clippers emerging bloody, but victorious.
Enjoy the games ladies and gents!
(Written by Pogoseat’s founder and avid hoops player, Evan Owens)