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Because the season starts tonight and I am off work and bored...

Regular season standings predictions:

MVP: Embiid

COY: Malone

ROY: Banchero

DPOY: Gobert

Sixth man: Poole

 

West

1. Nuggets 55-27

2. Suns 53-29

3. Clippers 51-31

4. Warriors 51-31

5. Timberwolves 50-32

6. Grizzlies 48-34

7. Mavs 47-35

8. Pelicans 45-37

9. Lakers 39-43

10. Kings 38-44

11. Blazers 38-44

12. Thunder 29-53

13. Rockets 25-57

14. Jazz 22-60

15. Spurs 20-62

 

East

1. Sixers 56-26

2. Bucks 54-28

3. Celtics 52-30

4. Nets 51-31

5. Hawks 49-33

6. Heat 47-35

7. Cavs 47-35

8. Raptors 46-36

9. Bulls 40-42

10. Knicks 37-45

11. Pistons 31-51

12. Wizards 30-52

13. Pacers 28-54

14. Magic 27-55

15. Hornets 24-58

 

Play-in: both 7&8 teams advance

West Playoffs:

Nuggets > Pelicans

Warriors > Wolves

Suns > Mavs

Clippers > Grizzlies

 

Warriors > Nuggets

Clippers > Suns

 

Clippers > Warriors

 

East:

Sixers > Raptors

Nets > Hawks

Bucks > Cavs

Celtics > Heat

 

Nets > Sixers

Bucks > Celtics

 

Bucks > Nets

 

NBA Finals: Bucks > Clippers

 

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My predictions: 

 

MVP: Giannis

COY: Chris Finch

ROY: Keegan Murray

DPOY: Bam (Just to be different) 

6th Man: Poole (Can't think of anyone else that would win it over him)

MIP: Tyrese Haliburton (or Devin Vassell) 

 

West:

1. Nuggets

2. Timberwolves

3. Warriors

4. Clippers

5. Mavs 

6. Suns 

7. Grizzlies 

8. Pelicans

9. Blazers 

10. Lakers

11. Kings

12. Jazz

13. Rockets

14. Spurs

15. Thunder

 

East

1. Bucks

2. Celtics

3. Cavs

4. Hawks

5.  76ers 

6. Heat 

7. Raptors

8. Nets  

9. Bulls

10. Wizards

11. Knicks

12. Magic

13. Pistons 

14. Hornets 

15. Pacers 

 

Play-in: 
East: Raptors and Nets advance

West: Pelicans and Blazers advance 

 

East Conf Finals: Bucks over Celtics

 

West Conf Finals: Warriors over Clippers

 

Finals: Bucks over Warriors (Double downing on my prediction from last year) 

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13 hours ago, Atlantafan21 said:

My predictions: 

 

MVP: Giannis

COY: Chris Finch

ROY: Keegan Murray

DPOY: Bam (Just to be different) 

6th Man: Poole (Can't think of anyone else that would win it over him)

MIP: Tyrese Haliburton (or Devin Vassell) 

 

West:

1. Nuggets

2. Timberwolves

3. Warriors

4. Clippers

5. Mavs 

6. Suns 

7. Grizzlies 

8. Pelicans

9. Blazers 

10. Lakers

11. Kings

12. Jazz

13. Rockets

14. Spurs

15. Thunder

 

East

1. Bucks

2. Celtics

3. Cavs

4. Hawks

5.  76ers 

6. Heat 

7. Raptors

8. Nets  

9. Bulls

10. Wizards

11. Knicks

12. Magic

13. Pistons 

14. Hornets 

15. Pacers 

 

Play-in: 
East: Raptors and Nets advance

West: Pelicans and Blazers advance 

 

East Conf Finals: Bucks over Celtics

 

West Conf Finals: Warriors over Clippers

 

Finals: Bucks over Warriors (Double downing on my prediction from last year) 

I forgot about MIP. I hate that award anyway, because to me it should be given to guys who improve significantly in a year when it's not necessarily expected, but instead it seems like guys who make the leap from fringe all-star to clear stardom in year 3 or 4 are the top candidates. Like Ja won it last year... sure, he improved, but it was fairly normal improvement from year 2 to year 3 for a player in his early 20s, I felt like. 

Bucks-Warriors would be a fascinating Finals. 

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13 hours ago, Atlantafan21 said:

I would be annoyed if we lost to the Brooklyn Robins. Not that they don't have talent, just that I don't like them lol. 

Yeah, I really have no clue what to make of the Nets. If they gel and their top 3 guys actually play 50+ games, they could be a title contender. But I could also see things going sour and one or more of those guys not even finishing the season on the team, or injuries derailing a promising start. From a regular season wins standpoint, they were on pace for a great season last year before KD got hurt, and that was without Kyrie playing at all to begin with. 

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