Basketball predictions – NBA Conference semifinals previews
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This has been by far the most interesting first round regarding some of the games in the Eastern Conference. I expect things to go the same way and we are bound to be entertained and go through dramatic series of events, which should be a serious delight to watch.
San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Regular season results: 2-2
- As far as the odds for winning the NBA title go, I believe that they are pretty unfair concerning the Oklahoma City Thunder team. They are the 4th favorite in this campaign with ~14, while their opponents in this series of the Western Conference semifinals are the second favorites, with odds below 3. I strongly feel that as far as the Conference finals are concerned, against the Dubs, OKC would be more favored than the San Antonio Spurs of Gregg Popovich.
- After the team from Oklahoma City won this series in 2012, it was Spurs’ time to get back and win it in 2014, but now it’s time for another payback. This may be the best roster for the OKC in the past decade and Durant & Westbrook deserve to qualify from this series more than ever, especially considering that the Spurs lost last year in the playoffs to a much weaker Clippers side. The home defense of the Spurs is their strongest attribute, but the Thunder will definitely have a saying, as they won their 2 regular season games in Chesapeake Arena in dominant fashion, but gave plenty of anxiety to the Spurs fans, sending one of the 2 games in AT&T Arena into OT!
Predicted series score: 3-4
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks
Regular season results: 3-0
- The fact that this is a rematch from last year’s Eastern Conference Finals says it all. Back then, without Kevin Love available and with a banged up Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers managed to sweep Atlanta in 4 games and get to the NBA Finals without any problems at all. Given the fact that the stakes were higher back then and I could say that Hawks’ team was at a better level with 4 All-Stars. It’s true that Kyle Korver got injured in Game 2, but that was no excuse to win at least 1 game at home. Provided the fact that the Cavaliers swept Atlanta in the regular season as well, winning two games early in April can only be a statement of power and I believe that Atlanta will get maximum one victory provided Kyrie Irving keeps on averaging 27 points per contest and J.R. Smith lights it up from the 3 point line with a 56% ratio for catch & shoot.
Predicted series score: 4-1