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Expert Picks: Western Conference

Posted on: April 16, 2010 8:08 am
Edited on: April 16, 2010 8:57 pm

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With only one day left until the start of the playoffs, we've rounded up our best NBA minds to give their predictions for the postseason. For a little added flavor, we're also going to find out if any of the men on this elite squad can rise up and defeat "The Machine"... a playoff simulation by NBA2K10.

As in years past, we'll be keeping track of each expert's success or failure, and we'll crown a champion at the end of the postseason. Experts will receive two points for picking the correct team, and one additional point if they pick the right number of games.

In 2009, Ken Berger and Nunzio Ingrassia tied for the title .

Think you can beat our experts? Post your picks below!


Expert Scores
Expert Right Wrong Bonus Total
Ken Berger - - - --
Jamie Eisenberg - - - --
Sergio Gonzalez - - - --
Gerg Urbano - - - --
Nunzio Ingrassia - - - --
NBA2K10 - - - --
Right = correct pick (2pts) - Wrong = wrong pick (0pts) - Bonus = correct number of games (1pt)


Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2010 12:24 am

Expert Picks: Western Conference (UPDATE)

I thought I would update this since we are now in the second round. Therefore:
Lakers - Jazz: The Lakers have too much height for Utah to handle. And without Okur and Kirilenko, the Jazz are simply undermanned. My hat's off to them for what they have done so far, but I think their run ends here. Lakers in five.
Suns - Spurs: This ought to be a tough series. The key is whether San Antonio has one more run in the tank. They are down 0 -2 as I write, but I still think they can and will come back to win this series. I just don't believe that the Suns have the defensive chops to keep off the Spurs. And I think that Phoenix will lose at home at some point. Spurs in seven.

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2010 11:39 pm

Expert Picks: Western Conference

Hm, that series is tied 2-2 now.  The moron is looking a little smarter now, eh?

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2010 11:03 pm

Expert Picks: Western Conference

You people are obviously from the great State of Denial. David Stern is well known to despise Mark Cuban. The third quarter of tonight's game is just another atrocious performance from obviously biased refs. Don't for a fraction of a second think that the Mavs are going to win this. Spurs have too many men (zebras) on the court.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2010 1:41 pm

Expert Picks: Western Conference

They don't look so stupid now do they? THUNDER UP

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2010 12:28 pm

Expert Picks: Western Conference

Now that we are four games into the series, tied up at two games apiece, do you still feel the same way? While I do feel the Lakers should be favored, I see the Thunder taking this series.  Call me a moron. Call me a homer.  I see the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. ThunderUp!<br /> <br />

Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2010 10:15 am

Expert Picks: Western Conference

Lakers in 5

Nuggets in 7

TBlazers in 7

Mavs in 6

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:24 pm

Expert Picks: Western Conference

PORTLAND IN 4, Feeling like Rodney Dangerfield here, SERIOUSLY, without the Lopez boy, Portland has this series locked up...  Bruce Bonehead Bowen was trying to do comentation on the game last night and couldn't even think of Mcmillan's name, and looked to the chick to bail him out and had to have a producer from behind the scene to yell his name...  HOW YOU LIKE PORTLAND NOW PHOENIX???

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: April 17, 2010 11:33 am

Expert Picks: Western Conference

laker in 5denver in 6sun in 5spurs in 6*

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2010 4:17 pm

Expert Picks: Western Conference

I'd love to see the Thunder upset the Lakers, but think that is a bit of a stretch. Durant is a great young talent, but I think the team needs this season in the playoffs to get experience so they can become playoff contenders annually.

Lakers in 6

Boozer is a game-time decision and won't be himself even if he plays. No AK47 for two weeks.  Deron Williams is a great PG, but Denver has too many weapons.

Nuggest in 6

Portland won't have Roy which equals a first round exit. The Suns are on fire. haha. sorry I had to say it.

Suns in 4

The Spurs are a veteran team which is good and bad. I'm not sure they've got enough legs for a strong playoff run. Perhaps a first round upset before getting ousted in the second round. Dallas is a different team since trading Josh Howard, and I think they make a strong push for the title.

Mavs in 7

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2010 1:59 pm

Expert Picks: Western Conference

I would tend to agree. The Lakers have not played at all well down the stretch and the Thunder do have a couple of mismatches, but if Bynum is healthy  and if Kobe can be Kobe, the Lakers have too much height and firepower for the Thunder. Emphasis on height. 
However, there are a couple of areas of concern. The Lakers have been guilty of being less than energetic in the past and if they don't approach this series with their eyes wide open, they could get ambushed. I remember the Sonics-Nuggets upset back in 1994 and on paper that was also a mismatch. And the Warriors/Mavericks shocker a couple of years back. So nothing is impossible - the Thunder are a good team. 
This year's West playoffs do not include any bad teams - every team has at least fifty wins. And the Thunder are well-coached and play hard on both ends - something LA does not always do. So the Lakers better be ready for a tough series. I do not believe it will be a cakewalk. But I still think that if the Lakers are focused and (mostly) healthy, they ought to dispose of Oklahoma City in five games - six at most. They just have too much talent to go down in Round One.

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