The 2017 NBA Playoffs are finally here. The race to the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy starts tomorrow as 16 teams will battle it out to see who will be the 2017 NBA Finals Champions and hold that previously mentioned and prestigious Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy in June.
You got some teams back in the playoffs this year as you have the Utah Jazz that are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2012. You got other teams like the Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks, and Chicago Bulls who missed the playoffs last year, but are back in it once again this year. Can any of those teams that were just mentioned win it all? Can the Cleveland Cavaliers repeat and win the 2nd straight Championship? Well we will just have to unfortunately wait until June, but for now I can at least give you guys some of my predictions for who I think will win it all this year.
Just like last year, I will give you guys a round by round predictions as to who I think will win each series, and how many games I think it will take a team to win their respective series. Then I will cap it off by predicting which team I believe will win it all this year, along with what player I think will be the 2017 NBA Finals MVP. Before we start, let me provide you guys with the playoff standings for the Eastern and Western Conference.
Eastern Conference Playoff Standings
1. Boston Celtics: 53-29
2. Cleveland Cavaliers: 51-31
3. Toronto Raptors: 51-31
4. Washington Wizards: 49-33
5. Atlanta Hawks: 43-39
6. Milwaukee Bucks: 42-40
7. Indiana Pacers: 42-40
8. Chicago Bulls: 41-41
Western Conference Playoff Standings
1. Golden State Warriors: 67-15
2. San Antonio Spurs: 61-21
3. Houston Rockets: 55-27
4. Los Angeles Clippers: 51-31
5. Utah Jazz: 51-31
6. Oklahoma City Thunder: 47-35
7. Memphis Grizzlies: 43-39
8. Portland Trailblazers: 41-41
Eastern Conference First Round
1. Boston Celtics vs. 8. Chicago Bulls: Boston wins in 6 games
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Indiana Pacers: Cleveland wins in 6 games
3. Toronto Raptors vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks: Toronto wins in 6 games
4. Washington Wizards vs. 5. Atlanta Hawks: Washington wins in 6 games
Western Conference First Round
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. Portland Trailblazers: Golden State wins in 6 games
2. San Antonio Spurs vs. 7. Memphis Grizzlies: San Antonio wins in 5 games
3. Houston Rockets vs. 6. Oklahoma City Thunder: Houston wins in 6 games
4. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 5. Utah Jazz: Los Angeles wins in 7 games
Eastern Conference Second Round
1. Boston Celtics vs. 4. Washington Wizards: Boston wins in 6 games
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 3. Toronto Raptors: Cleveland wins in 5 games
Western Conference Second Round
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 4. Los Angeles Clippers: Golden State wins in 7 games
2. San Antonio Spurs vs. 3. Houston Rockets: San Antonio wins in 6 games
Eastern Conference Finals
1. Boston Celtics vs. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers: Cleveland wins in 6 games
Western Conference Finals
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 2. San Antonio Spurs: San Antonio wins in 7 games
2017 NBA Finals
San Antonio Spurs vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: San Antonio wins in 7 games
2017 NBA Finals Champions: San Antonio Spurs
2017 NBA Finals MVP: LaMarcus Aldridge: Power Forward for the Spurs
If you guys remember I did a preview/predictions post for this 2016-2017 NBA season back in October right before the season started. In that post I predicted that the 2 teams in the 2017 NBA Finals will be the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs. I also predicted that the Spurs would win the series in 7 games and that LaMarcus Aldridge will win the 2017 NBA Finals MVP. Well as you can tell by reading up above, I am sticking with that prediction almost 6 months later. I believe the Spurs will win it all this year for the 1st time since 2014, and LaMarcus Aldridge will finally have his 1st career NBA Championship ring, along with his 2017 NBA Finals MVP Trophy.
No matter what happen though, the 2017 NBA Playoffs should be fun to watch as it all kicks off tomorrow at 3:00 PM Eastern Time on ABC.
Enjoy the Playoffs everybody.
By: Andrew Harrington