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SBM Sports: Round 2 NBA Playoff Predictions – Western Conference

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The Second Round of the NBA Playoffs is underway, and this is when series get competitive (sorry, Knick fans). My first round Western Conference predictions went pretty well (…despite the Grizzlies, who can’t score 75 points at home). Anyway, it’s time for Jay C00ke and I to update our predictions for the playoffs:

(1)    San Antonio Spurs vs. (5) Los Angeles Clippers

San Antonio Spurs – The Spurs ran through the Utah Jazz as predicted. In this round, they have the easier of their two potential matchups in the Clippers. The Spurs have a few key advantages in this series. They are one of the most balanced teams in the league and, if the first round is an indication, are playing great right now. Tony Parker has had one of the best years of his career. If he can match Chris Paul’s production, the Spurs should outplay the Clippers in most other areas.

Los Angeles Clippers – Lob City had a wild series with the Grizzlies. The seven games against them showed us every detail of this team. When the Clippers are at their best, Griffin is scoring in the post, the other big men are playing defense and rebounding, and CP3 is setting the table for everyone. Unfortunately, Paul and Griffin were both injured, and the offense suffers from inconsistency. The Clippers need to keep games close for Paul to manage in the fourth. The don’t have the scoring to keep up if the Spurs’ three-point shooters get hot.

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Prediction: The Spurs are rolling right now and catching the Clippers at a good time. LA relies too heavily on an injured Caron Butler (broken hand), Randy Foye (just not that good), and Nick Young (crazy) for offense. CP3 is amazing, but the Spurs will win in six after wearing down a depleted Clippers team.

(2)    Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (3) Los Angeles Lakers

Oklahoma City Thunder – The Thunder embarrassed the defending champion Dallas Mavericks in a quick (though tightly contested) sweep. As great as Kevin Durant is, Russell Westbrook is the key to this team. You can count on KD to play well; Westbrook’s aggressiveness can spark his team or be its biggest detriment. Westbrook was often the best player on the floor against Dallas. Can he keep it together against the Lakers? He will have a decided advantage against Ramon Sessions. If he can force Kobe Bryant to guard him, that will open things up for his teammates.

Los Angeles Lakers – The Lake Show took longer to close out the Denver Nuggets in the first round than many (ok, just me) expected. Most troubling, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, the second and third best players on the team, looked lifeless at times and let JaVale McGee (…JAVALE MCGEE!!!!!!!!!!) dominate them during games. You can bet Kobe will play his hardest. But if the team’s best big men lose focus against the Thunder, this series is getting will get ugly quick for the Left Coast Lakers.

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Prediction:  Lakers are going to get washed. Not swept, but washed nonetheless. The Thunder have three great perimeter players, and the Lakers only have two defenders to match up with them (Kobe and Ron Artest Metta WorldPeace). The Thunder will overwhelm the Lakers and win in five. Who cares though? I just want to see James Harden and WorldPeace square off again. Why don’t we start calling Artest “Metta WorldWar?”

So, SBM Sports Fans, who do you have winning these matchups? Think the Lakers will pull it together against Oklahoma City? Will the Spurs keep rolling? Let me know!

 

 

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  1. I think your predictions are right on….I'm really interested in seeing who coming out on top between SA and OK City…I can't call it but I would prefer OK City.

    1. Agreed. I'm a Pistons fan, so since they are terrible I've been riding with OKC. Gotta have someone to root for in the Playoffs.

  2. As predicted Mr. Sargent, The lakers got washed last night absolutely embarrassed. I totally agree with your predictions my man.

  3. Haha, Metta World Peace. His mama named him Ron…I'ma call him Ron. Yea, I think the Spurs will win for sure. Lakers/Thunder is up in the air. I want the Thunder to win, but hopefully Kobe and company just don't lay down.

  4. Another great article Joe…..however, I disagree with you about the Lakers/OKC series. Since the beginning of the season, I have been saying the Lakers will beat OKC in the best of seven series and the Lakers will come out of the west. I still stand by what is at this time a bold prediction, however, I do have a few concerns. Some of these Lakers players need to look down at their jersey and see it says "Lakers" on it, not "Act a Fool". All the extra stuff needs to stop. Bynum taking reckless. Artest acting like sideshow Bob. And Devin Eubanks acting like a tough guy but he could by a bucket in Game one through six of the Nuggets series. These dudes need to follow Kobe's lead; stay focus and play hard every play. Now back to OKC. yes, OkC demolished the Lakers in game 1 of this series but OKc only committed FOUR turnovers as a team and Westbrook made 10 out of 15 shots; NO WAY these two things happen again in this series. The Lakers need to pound the ball (PAUSE) inside since that is where their advantage is especially with Perkins expected to miss a few games. The Lakers need to come out and p,ay hard tonight or I may have a case of a change of heart.

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