2021 Playoff Predictions

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2021 Playoff Predictions

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Okay, gang. The playoffs start today! Who you got? Post who you think will win each series and the title. If you like, explain your reasoning. Here are the series:

WEST:
1 Jazz vs 8 Grizzlies
2 Suns vs 7 Lakers
3 Nuggets vs 6 Blazers
4 Clippers vs 5 Mavs

EAST:
1 76ers vs 8 Wizards
2 Nets vs 7 Celtics
3 Bucks vs 6 Heat
4 Knicks vs 5 Hawks

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WEST:
1 Jazz vs 8 Grizzlies
2 Suns vs 7 Lakers
3 Nuggets vs 6 Blazers
4 Clippers vs 5 Mavs

EAST:
1 76ers vs 8 Wizards
2 Nets vs 7 Celtics
3 Bucks vs 6 Heat
4 Knicks vs 5 Hawks

My predictions:
WEST:
1st round:
Jazz in 5
Suns in 7
Nuggets in 5
Clippers in 6

2nd round:
Clippers in 6
Nuggets in 7

Western Finals:
Nuggets in 6


EAST:
1st round:
76ers in 5
Nets in 4
Bucks in 5
Hawks in 6

2nd round:
76ers in 5
Bucks in 7

Eastern Finals:
Bucks in 6


NBA Finals:
Bucks in 7


Discussion: I think folks are underrating the Nuggets in the West. Yes they've lost Murray, but Jokic is having an otherworldly season, and they have lots of other wings who can score. Aaron Gordon has been great for them, too. I think they're a snake in the grass. I am predicting our Suns to win a drag-it-out brawl series with the Lakers only to run into the Nuggets buzzsaw.

Out East, everybody seems to have penciled in the Nets for the Finals. Maybe; they were almost my pick. But I have serious doubts about any team that is just thrown together in one season and hasn't really played together much. The Bucks have been slowly improving and adding nice pieces around Giannis. Now that they have Jrue, I think they have the talent they need. Nobody's talking about them, and I think they have a great chance to make it to the Finals. I don't believe in Philly. Great defensive team, but I don't trust their shooting or overall offense in a tight playoff game.

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West:
1st round:
Jazz over Grizzlies in 5
Suns over Lakers in 6
Nuggets over Blazers in 7
Clippers over Mavs in 5

Jazz and Clippers won’t really have any problems. Nuggets/Blazers is a toss up to me. I’ll go nuggets due to home court advantage. As for suns-Lakers...my brain says Lakers, but I always go with my heart. I will say, I want no part of a game 7 vs Lebron/AD. Close them out in 5 or 6, so have to start strong and take the first two at home.

2nd Round:

Clippers over Jazz in 6
Suns over Nuggets in 6

Clippers are a bad matchup for the Jazz. Their weakness is they don’t get a lot of easy shots at the rim, but they’re the best jump shooting team in the league. That’s kinda how you beat Rudy anyways...they’re built for it.

I’m not worried about the nuggets without Murray. Suns could even win this in 5.

WCF:

Clippers over Suns in 7

This would be a great series and I hope we see it. I don’t think we pull it off though.

East
1st Round:

76ers over Wizards in 5
Nets over Celtics in 5
Bucks over Heat in 6
Hawks over Knicks in 6

Not that exciting of series. 76ers and Nets roll. Bucks/Heat isn’t as good as people hope, bucks never really in danger. Knicks disappoint in playoffs.

2nd round:

76ers over Hawks in 4
Nets over Bucks in 7

Maybe the most boring series and the best series of the playoffs. 76ers continue to coast to the ECF. Bucks/Nets is a must watch event all series. Giannis is gonna average 40/15/8 or something ridiculous. But the Nets just have too many options and pull it out in the end.

ECF:

Nets over 76ers in 6

Another really good one, but 76ers just can’t keep up on offense with Nets.

Finals:

Nets over Clippers in 6

Slightly anticlimactic as I think the Nets toughest series will be Bucks and 76ers...Two best shooting teams, but clippers guys are just overmatched. Nets players are better.
Split: I would trade DA for SGA right now(11-24-2020)

Cap: I wouldn’t. Somebody remember to check this post in five years and see which of us looks the fool.

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The Phoenix Suns are your 2021 NBA Champions after winning a grueling 7 game series against the Brooklyn Nets.
Wormwood/Superbone 2019/2020 season bet: Suns win < 30 games, Wormwood wins, else 'Bone wins. 1 month avatar shame starting July 1st of winner's choosing. ACCOMPLISHED! 34 wins in a shortened season! Like it mattered. We rarely see Wormwood anyway!

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The only things that really matter.

Lakers in 5.
Nets win the title.

Now don't you wish we had a 'dislike' button?
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Flagrant Fowl wrote:
Sat May 22, 2021 2:44 pm
The only things that really matter.

Lakers in 5.
Nets win the title.

Now don't you wish we had a 'dislike' button?
Yes. A Strong Dislike button would be even better.
Wormwood/Superbone 2019/2020 season bet: Suns win < 30 games, Wormwood wins, else 'Bone wins. 1 month avatar shame starting July 1st of winner's choosing. ACCOMPLISHED! 34 wins in a shortened season! Like it mattered. We rarely see Wormwood anyway!

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Flagrant Fowl wrote:
Sat May 22, 2021 2:44 pm
The only things that really matter.

Lakers in 5.
Nets win the title.

Now don't you wish we had a 'dislike' button?
I could make one. It would have a poop emoji next to it.

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Flagrant Fowl wrote:
Sat May 22, 2021 2:44 pm
The only things that really matter.

Lakers in 5.
Nets win the title.

Now don't you wish we had a 'dislike' button?

You get a Paddington hard stare for this, sir.

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Wally_West wrote:
Sat May 22, 2021 8:39 pm
Flagrant Fowl wrote:
Sat May 22, 2021 2:44 pm
The only things that really matter.

Lakers in 5.
Nets win the title.

Now don't you wish we had a 'dislike' button?

You get a Paddington hard stare for this, sir.

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Ooh. Much better than a Strong Dislike!
Wormwood/Superbone 2019/2020 season bet: Suns win < 30 games, Wormwood wins, else 'Bone wins. 1 month avatar shame starting July 1st of winner's choosing. ACCOMPLISHED! 34 wins in a shortened season! Like it mattered. We rarely see Wormwood anyway!

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