What an awesome start to the NBA restart!
Competitive games. Breakout stars. Dudes coming out of nowhere (TJ Warren, Caris LeVert, Gary Trent, Jr.). All of that followed by an epic play-in game won by the Portland Trail Blazers.
And one more important thing: no positive COVID-19 tests inside the bubble (NBA Commish Adam Silver, you better keep them hoes the hell out of there!).
So what better way to close this awesome restart with what we hope to be an epic 2020 NBA Playoffs! The fact that there is no homecourt advantage makes these playoffs even more intriguing.
So without further ado…
#1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. #8 Orlando Magic
Prediction: Bucks in a sweep. Do you REALLY think the Magic have a snowball’s chance in hell in this series?
#2 Toronto Raptors vs. #7 Brooklyn Nets
Prediction: Raptors in 5.
#3 Boston Celtics vs. #6 Philadelphia 76ers
Prediction: Celtics in 6.
#4 Indiana Pacers vs. #5 Miami Heat
Prediction: Heat in 7. This will be by far the best series in the first round, and maybe arguably of the entire playoffs. Jimmy Butler vs. TJ Warren? Sign my ass up.
#1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. #8 Portland Trailblazers
Prediction: Lakers in 6. This is the ‘Skip Bayless Special’: will this series cause him to give Damian Lillard the credit he deserves? Also the ‘Upset Special’ because so many people a delusional to think the Blazers will actually win this series.
#2 Los Angeles Clippers vs. #7 Dallas Mavericks
Prediction: Clippers in 5.
#3 Denver Nuggets vs. #6 Utah Jazz
Prediction: Nuggets in 6. I call this the ‘San Antonio Spurs Special’ because this series is going to bore the hell out of me.
#4 Houston Rockets vs. #5 Oklahoma City Thunder
Prediction: Rockets in 7. I hope Russell Westbrook gets to go against his old team. Injuries suck ass.