Fourth Quarter Sports’ NBA playoff predictions: Second round

Okay, so that was one of the more boring first rounds of NBA playoff history. Looking back at the early round predictions, things went pretty well for us, except what Damian Lillard did to Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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I never thought the Blazers had a real chance to beat the Thunder if it went to all seven games, but they didn’t even need that. I knew Lillard was underrated, and I love how he’s always been an underdog his whole career, but he made Westbrook look like a rookie out there.

But aside from Lillard’s incredible series winning three-pt shot over Paul George in game five, several other things happened too.

Things like the Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley giving it all they have against the defending champion, Golden State Warriors. That even resulted in ejections by both Beverly and Warriors’ Kevin Durant. And of course, DeMarcus Cousins got injured again. Lou Williams was also proving why he is the best player ever to come off the bench.

The Houston Rockets took care of the Utah Jazz with ease, as James Harden and Chris Paul proved to be too much for Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz.

Speaking of handling, the Spurs and Nuggets battled their way into a game seven, and it could’ve gone either way. But the Nuggets found a way to wrap up the series behind Nikola Jokic’s triple-double.

The Eastern Conference playoffs weren’t worth watching at all. Both the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics swept their opponents in four games, and you would’ve thought that the Indiana Pacers would’ve given the Celtics a bit of a challenge.

The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers lost shocking game ones, only to win four straight games and finish the series in five games.

But now that we have the next round of matchups set after a long seven-game series between the Spurs and Nuggets, we will take a look at the second round predictions.

Before we get started, I would like us all to take a moment of silence for one of the greatest Celtics in history, John Havlicek, as he passed away on Thursday at the age of 79.

Playoff matchups:

Western Conference: Eastern Conference:
  1. Warriors vs. 4. Rockets 1. Bucks vs. 4. Celtics
  2. Nuggets vs. 3. Blazers 2. Raptors vs. 3. 76ers

That’s what the playoffs look like, but let’s see what our predictions are!

Rahim’s picks:

West:

4. Rockets over 1. Warriors in seven

3. Blazers over 2. Nuggets in six

East:

1. Bucks over 4. Celtics in seven

2. Raptors over 3. Sixers in six

Aman’s picks:

West:

4. Rockets over 1. Warriors in six

2. Nuggets over 3. Blazers in five

East:

1. Bucks over 4. Celtics in seven

2. Raptors over 3. Sixers in seven

Joel’s picks:

West:

1. Warriors over 4. Rockets in seven

2. Nuggets over 3. Blazers in six

East:

1. Bucks over 4. Celtics in six

2. Raptors over 3. Sixers in seven

Dan’s picks:

West:

1. Warriors over 4. Rockets in six

3. Blazers over 2. Nuggets in seven

East:

1. Bucks over 4. Celtics in six

3. Sixers over 2. Raptors in seven

Aman seemed to be the only one who picked the Blazers and Spurs to win their first-round series, and he got the number of games right for them too. But this round should be different. The question is, can the Rockets beat the Warriors in the second round? Aman and I both think that’s the case here. I honestly believe that with a healthy Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, Clint Capela, and James Harden, the Rockets could do it. The addition of Kenneth Faried off the bench is also a plus because it will force the Warriors to make adjustments when Faried and Capela are on the floor together. Will the loss of DeMarcus Cousins affect the Warriors in their pursuit of the three-peat?

Nonetheless, I think the winner of this series will make it to the NBA finals, and that will be more clear in a few more weeks. Aman doesn’t seem to have faith in the Blazers in this round, as we saw Lillard play lights out. Look to see him do more of what he has been doing because that guy is hungry and unless he gets a snicker, he’ll never be satisfied.

Everyone seems to think the Bucks will eliminate Kyrie Irving and the Celtics in either six or seven games, making them the front runner for the NBA finals. But Dan thinks the Sixers will knock off Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors, while the rest of us believe the Raptors will face the Bucks.

Behind all the great picks in the NFL draft, there was still the first round of the NBA playoffs being wrapped up. Though you might have tuned out of the last few games, we should now look at the next round. We continue to give you our predictions for the next round, through to the NBA Finals.

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