Picks and Predictions

Wizards vs Pacers Game 3 Pick

Line: Washington -4

John Wall and the Washington Wizards still have a lot of learning to do.

Leading by three points with 5 minutes to go, the opportunity to head home with a 2-0 series lead was in their reach. However, questionable shot selection in the final minutes reminded us all that Wall is still a playoff rookie.

Spurs vs Blazers Game 2 Pick

Line: San Antonio -7

Damian Lillard grew up idolizing Tony Parker. LaMarcus Aldridge portrayed his game after future Hall of Famer, Tim Duncan. If Game one’s performance is any indication on where Lillard and Aldridge are in there careers both players have a long way to go.

Series Preview: Spurs vs Blazers, Game 1

48 minutes away from having their season end, the San Antonio Spurs’ experience proved to be the difference versus the Dallas Mavericks.

From the opening tip to the final buzzer, the outcome of Game 7 was never in question. The Spurs rolled. Now, the defending Western Conference Champions will be playing in the Western Conference semifinals for the 14th time in the last 17 seasons.

Series Preview: Clippers vs Thunder, Game 1

Two teams, both making headlines for different reasons, will do battle with a trip to the Western Conference Finals on the line.

For the Oklahoma City Thunder, “Mr. Unreliable” was the headline heard around the country. With the Thunder trailing 3-2 in the opening round of the playoffs, Kevin Durant made new headlines with his play over the final two games of the series against the Memphis Grizzlies. Durant responded with 36 and 33 points, putting the Thunder on his back and doing what a league MVP is meant to do.

Series Preview: Pacers vs Wizards, Game 1

Finally knowing who their opponent will be, the Washington Wizards begin this series against the No. 1 seed Indiana Pacers, winners of eight or their last nine games.

After exceeding expectations, the Wizards will be well-rested coming into this series after dispatching the Chicago Bulls in five games. Despite John Wall’s struggles against the Bulls in the opening round, shooting just 36.4 percent from the floor while averaging 18.8 points, the Wizards were able to advance thanks to the play of his sidekick, Bradley Beal, and veteran Trevor Ariza.

Mavs Spurs Game 7 Pick

20 seconds was all the stood between the San Antonio Spurs and a NBA championship last season. Having all summer to ponder what should’ve been, the Spurs championship hopes, once again, hangs in the balance of one game.

Looking to avenge a Game 7 loss to the Mavericks from 2006, the Spurs will have to defeat Dirk Nowitzki, who has never lost a Game 7 (4-0). Averaging 28 points and 14.8 rebounds in those games, don’t expect anything less from Nowitzki in this one. Not with his track record and not with the Hall of Fame career he’s had.

Nets Raptors Game 7 Pick

Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors Game 7 Sunday 1:00 pm EST May 4, 2014 Line: Toronto Raptors -3 Neither franchise has ever won a Game 7. On Sunday afternoon, that’s going to change for either the Brooklyn Nets or Toronto Raptors. Now the veteran Nets, who lead wire-to-wire in their Game 6 victory, will have Read More

Grizzlies Thunder Game 7 Pick

Any notion about the reliability of Kevin Durant was put to rest after his Game 6 performance.

Having already survived one elimination game, the four-time NBA scoring champion will look to replicate his 36 points and 10-rebound performance in another must-win game. However this time, Durant and co. will be playing in front of their home crowd Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Mavs Spurs Game 6 Picks

Let’s be real. The Dallas Mavericks never had a chance to win Game 5.

Coming oh so close in the second half, climbing within four points (98-94) after a Vince Carter 3-pointer with three minutes left, the Mavericks had an opportunity to inch even closer, and possibly seize control of this game, and maybe even take control of the series. But after Dirk Nowitzki, who was having his best game of the series, missed a wide-open jumpshot from the left baseline, Tony Parker’s 3-pointer on the ensuing possession put an end to that.

Grizzlies vs Thunder Game 6 Pick

Line: Oklahoma City -2.5

The Memphis Grizzlies aren’t supposed to be in this position.

Not after blowing a 17-point lead in Game 3 and a 20-point lead in Game 5. Not after connecting on only three shots in the entire fourth quarter of Game 5. And certainly not after Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol shot a combined 2-of-15 in the second half.