The first round of the NBA Playoffs were pretty predictable for almost every series. The second round has helped remove some of the clutter, but it looks like all but one matchup will be a breeze.
Golden State will get by New Orleans in four or five games. It doesn’t matter if Curry returns, the Warriors will shut down Jrue Holiday, Nikola Mirotic and Rajon Rondo with Andre Iguodala, David West and Draymond Green, JaVale Mcgee and Shaun Livingston. the Warriors have way more weapons that the Pelicans have, they’ll make this fast.
Same thing can be said about the Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz. Clint Capela and James Harden can get past Rudy Gobert easily, and he’s one of if not their best player. This shouldn’t go further than five.
In the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers were drained of a lot of their energy since Coach Lue had only 10 players active. However, the Toronto Raptors have always shrunk away from LeBron James and whatever team he’s on, and although the Raptors look like the superior team, James knows their number, and I bet it won’t take the Cavs seven games. Probably five or six.
The best series is the last one mentioned. The wounded Boston Celtics come home to face the Philadelphia 76ers in TD Garden. The 76ers smashed the Miami Heat, so it would be surprising if Boston doesn’t put up more of a fight. These two teams are the future of the NBA, and this will probably be the first of many epic playoff series for years to come, but unfortunately for Boston, they don’t have the depth to stop Philly’s deep roster.