The playoffs are here for the NBA. It’s a little late, but my predictions are ready. Who do I have winning it all? Find out my surprising pick below. I have hesitated to write about the NBA since Durant signed with the Warriors and the Cavs and Warriors became unbeatable super teams, but with the Celtics in the #1 seed, I’m feeling optimistic about a different final outcome.
This is my 2017 NBA Playoff Prediction. Not many surprises early on, with the top seeds winning in every match-up except two, with the #5 Hawks beating the #4 Wizards, and the #6 Thunder beating the #3 Rockets, which could easily happen. I don’t think the Rockets will be as good in the playoffs, they’re only slightly better than they were last year when they were seeded #8. The Thunder have triple-double shooting Russell Westbrook on their side. That should last them at least until they play a Top 2 seed.
The Conference Semifinals is where I have the first of a few shockers. I have the Spurs, Celtics, and Cavs reaching Conference Finals as expected. But I do have one surprise in the West. Golden State will lose in the Conference Semifinals. For many years now, I have seen Los Angeles as a legitimate contender in the West. I think they are a team that can beat the Warriors. They’re not the better team, but in a head-to-head match-up, the Clippers can overpower Golden State.
The Conference Finals bring more surprises. I think the kind of shocker the Celtics pulled over Cleveland in their one regular season win against the Cavs could happen again. They would need multiple wins in Cleveland, but especially if Kevin Love is not 100% by the Conference Final, the Celts do have a chance. Sure, the Celtics won’t be going any further, but they have a chance to win here and go further than they’ve been since 2008.
Now, when they or Cleveland get to the NBA Championship, that will be the end. I think no matter what happens, a Western Conference team will win the NBA Championship. Neither the Celtics or Cavs are capable of beating Golden State, San Antonio or LA in a 7 game series. So, it’ll be a team from the West raising the trophy. My pick right now for that team is the Spurs. They have a good defense, the stars they need on offense and a good all-around team. This is the year San Antonio finally wins after a few years of waiting on a super team that’s come so close. They won in 2013-14, and they’ve come so close since, but they can do it again three years later. It’s hard to believe the Spurs have only won one NBA Championship in the last 5 years with the roster they have.