Finals Predictions: SH.com staff weigh in with their picks

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If you added up all the years of experience for the writers listed below, you’d have well over a century of basketball journalism expertise. Some of these guys have logged decades with different news outlets, while a few others have logged almost three years of experience while writing for this site. We’ve got writers stationed across the country and around the globe, and each brings a unique perspective. Who are the wisest of the bunch when it comes to making predictions? Well, if

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Sheridan Hoops Staff: Conference Finals Preview and Predictions

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It really all comes down to two questions as we look ahead to the Eastern and Western Conference finals: _ Do the Thunder have the Spurs’ number? _ Do the Pacers have any kind of chemistry whatsoever remaining, despite what that photo would suggest? You may remember the regular season. It ended a month ago, it was 82 games per team, and a couple of noteworthy things happened: Oklahoma City swept San Antonio, going 4-0; and the Pacers stood atop the Eastern Conference

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VIDEO: Second-Round NBA Playoff Predictions

crystal ball

You want gambling advice? Check out my picks for the four second-round NBA playoff series, and then go out and bet the opposite. OK, maybe that is overstating it. But I did not have a great first round from a prognosticator standpoint, failing to hit on my upset picks of the Grizzlies over the Thunder and the Warriors over the Clippers. Close, but not quite. The best pickers we had in the first round were Peter May and Shlomo Sprung, although Danny Schayes

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Thunder-Grizzlies Playoff Preview: Five Key Factors

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A certain someone made a bold prediction prior to the season that the Memphis Grizzlies would be facing the Indiana Pacers in the NBA finals. OK, it was me. Which means you can guess which way my prediction is going to go, for better or worse. You do not get to divorce yourself from your preseason predictions unless something crazy happens along the way, such as a team trading away its best player of something similar (that was the case last

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Warriors-Clippers Playoff Preview: Five Key Factors

blakefunk

In terms of competitiveness and venom, nothing comes close to matching what this series should bring. These teams simply do not like one another, and their rivalry has been building over the course of two seasons in which the hatred between the teams has only grown with each encounter. If you had to pick one series and one series only to watch every minute of, this would be the winner among those who like their hoops with some histrionics. If you had

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Spurs-Mavericks Playoff Preview: Five Key Factors

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Well, we might as well start things by reminding everyone how the Spurs should be the team calling themselves the defending champions, except for the part where Gregg Popovich had his three best players on the bench at the end of Game 6 in Miami. That’s when we stopped calling him “genius” and vowed to never do so again. So this spring, we will laud Pop with congratulations for finishing with the league’s best record, for putting together a 19-game winning streak,

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Blazers-Rockets Playoff Preview: Five Key Factors

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I was listening to P.J. Carlesimo on the radio yesterday morning (how many of y’all remember that he guided the Brooklyn Nets last season?), and he made a good point. Almost never is there an upset in a 4 vs. 5 series. The teams are usually too evenly matched. In this case,  we have two teams that finished with identical 54-28 records. Houston gets the home court by virtue of winning the season series 3-1. And if they get past the Blazers,

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