Our 2017-18 NBA Season and Playoff Predicitions Sure to go Wrong

As the NBA season begins tonight, we wanted to give you some predictions for the regular season, playoffs, and who may win certain individual awards. These predictions are sure to come true. Make sure you subscribe to our super infrequent podcast also.

Jake Altman (@shakeandjake7) — Time for another action-packed NBA season. I can’t wait to see who wins the MVP, what teams break out, and what order the Cavs and Warriors will beat teams in the playoffs en route to the NBA Finals! The NBA has what is possibly the most boring and meaningless regular season of any major sport, but I’ll give this a go anyway.

The Warriors will have a tougher road through the Western Conference this season, with Houston and OKC trying to stack up against them with some star-power. Nevertheless, Steve Kerr will lead Golden State back to the mountaintop for another go at an NBA title. The Cavaliers road gets a little tougher as well since the flat-earther joined the dreaded Celtics. This made Boston “better” I suppose, but I don’t see Kyrie mounting much of a real challenge to Lebron once playoff time comes around.

Once we get to the Finals, I’ll take the Cavs in 7 again. I don’t think the Cavs can hope to beat the Warriors without taking this series to the max. Even then, Golden State is the best basketball team I have had the dread of watching the Cavaliers match up with since I became a sentient sports fan, and I would not be shocked if they beat us a third time.

Picks:

Regular Season MVP:

  • Should be LeBron but probably James Harden since I’m pretty sure the NBA just spins a wheel and the probability is in his favor.

Conference Finals:

  • Cavs over Celtics in 5
  • Warriors over Thunder in 7

Finals:

  • Cavs over Warriors in 7

Finals MVP:

  • I mean, obviously LeBron.

Hot Take: The Celtics will beat the Cavs every time they play in the regular season, just to make Lebron averaging 50 points-per-game in the conference finals to crush Kyrie (who will likely be sitting on the bench with an injury at that time anyway) all the more satisfying.

Damien Bowman (@damienbowman) — I’m excited to see what the NBA has in store this season after all the craziness of the off-season. Living in Cleveland the only story that has mattered since July had been the eventual exit of Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. The other free agent signings and draft have certainly improved half the teams in the league to where hopefully we’ll get some different teams in the playoffs, maybe the Finals if we’re lucky.

I expect the main players to still be great if there are no significant injuries during the season. Cavs, Celtics, Hawks Spurs, Thunder, and Warriors are all locks for the playoffs. Houston and Minnesota will also join that list of teams that will make the playoffs but I think their path will be more difficult.

As a person who might see between 10-15 NBA games then almost every playoff game, the long march to April is rough for me, I’m hoping this year a team or two can hold my interest. The NBA has the best off-season, but for me, I could use a little drama during the season to keep interesting.

Now a few predictions:

Regular Season MVP:

  • Russell Westbrook

Conference Championships:

  • Cavaliers over Celtics
  • Thunder over Warriors

Finals:

  • Thunder over Cavaliers

Josh Flagner (@railbirdj) — I expect the Cavs to win the Eastern Conference and make it to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year. I know that seems pretty ho-hum but the ride is going to be bumpier than even a seasoned Cavs fan is accustomed to. LeBron James and Kevin Love will dominate the first team but whether high profile newcomers Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose fit in or fit out will be the driving force of the 2017-18 Cavs narrative. There’s already been some drama around the starting lineup; drama that will continue through next February, but Head Coach Ty Lue will remain flexible and get everything together in time to make a strong run at another title.

Championship Prediction:

There’s almost no chance we’ll see a fourth consecutive Finals matchup between the Cavs and the Golden State Warriors. I’ll pick it anyway. Of Course, Cavs in 5.

NBA Teams I Love:

This is impossible to choose. I love so much of the NBA. I’ll be watching Giannis, Joel Embiid, what Chris Paul can accomplish in Houston with James Harden, and whether or not Charles Oakley finally knocks out James Dolan this season.

Ryan Thompson (@rthompak13) — Regarding the 2017-18 NBA season, we’re going to see some variance in the teams that make up the 4-8 seeds in each conference. The NBA Finals will be the senior year of the Cavs vs Warriors. Teams like Boston, Houston, and Minnesota have all become much better in the off-season via trades and free agent acquisitions. Teams like Atlanta and Los Angeles (Clippers) have become worse. Philadelphia should surprise some folks and sneak in as a 7-8 seed. The Lakers aren’t going to make the playoffs; you heard it here first. I expect either Houston or Oklahoma City to give Golden State a series, but in the end, Golden State will emerge from the West victorious. As for the East, trade between the Celtics and Cavs will put the Cavs in the driver’s seat. That being said — Boston will put up a fight. If the Cavs can stay healthy, I expect them to give Golden State a series; probably a toss-up. If the Cavs limp into the playoffs with nagging injuries, Golden State will win in 5-6.

The Cavs’ additions via trade (Jae Crowder, Isiah Thomas, Unrestricted 2018 1st round pick) and their additions in free agency (Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade) should keep them par for the course if we’re comparing year over year changes. Kyrie Irving and Isiah Thomas are interchangeable according to this author. Kyrie is a finisher and can get to the basket very well. Isiah is a pure scorer with the added ability to play above average defense; a skill that had eluded Kyrie in his time here. Jae Crowder can play the 3 and 4 equally well in addition to being a defensive juggernaut in the paint (a position the Cavs lacked last season). The loss of Richard Jefferson hurts the team in the energy and chemistry he brought to the team over the last 2 years. Overall, the Cavs should win 60+ games in 2017-18 barring any long-term injuries to key players. I see them winning the East with ease over defending runner-up Boston.

A team that I’m interested to keep up with that I don’t root for is going to be the Minnesota Timberwolves. The front office has assembled a young athletic roster (Andrew Wiggins, Karl Anthony Towns, and Jimmy Butler) and some crafty veterans (Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson, and Jamal Crawford). If the Timberwolves are not in the top 4 of the West this year, I’ll be shocked. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Timberwolves make a deep run in the west, even into the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors. Notwithstanding — the Wolves are going to be fun to watch this year, and I’m excited to see them against my Cavs.

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