April 22, 2005

Frinklin Basketball Forecaster: 1st Round

#1 Miami Heat over #8 New Jersey Nets in 6
Jason Kidd and the rejuvenated Vince Carter will steal a couple, but Shaq and Dwayne Wade are too much for the thin Nets.

# 2 Detroit Pistons over # 7 Philadelphia 76ers in 5
The trade for Chris Webber hasn’t worked at all, and an MVP-caliber year by AI is wasted. Iverson will have at least one game where he goes nuts for 45-55, but the Pistons coast.

#3 Boston Celtics over #6 Indiana Pacers in 6
Reggie Miller has saved the Pacers this year, after the disaster in Detroit and Jermaine O’Neal’s injury problems, but the road ends here. O’Neal still isn’t completely ready, and Miller can’t keep up on D.

#5 Washington Bullets over #4 Chicago Bulls in 7
Man, who thought this match-up would be a must-see before the season started? Without Luol Deng and Eddy Curry the Baby Bulls are in trouble. Ben Gordon could go off and carry them, but too much Arenas, Hughes and Jamison.

#1 Phoenix Suns over #8 Memphis Grizzlies in 5
I still hate it that Memphis kept the Grizzlies name, which was lame even in BC. The Grizz limped into the playoffs, and don’t have enough to deal with the Showtime Suns. Shawn Marion will control Pau Gasol and Steve Nash will just own Jason Williams.

#7 Denver Nuggets over #2 San Antonio Spurs in 7
Good Lord, can George Karl coach or what? He’s taken a lousy and lazy Nuggets team and turned them into an absolute beast. Tim Duncan is at less than 100% and nobody is as close to as hot as Denver is.

#3 Seattle SuperSonics over #6 Sacramento Kings in 7
I know better than this. The Sonics have been awful the last 2 weeks of the regular season, and the Ridnour-Mike Bibby match-up scares the dickens out of me. The Kings don’t look much better though, especially with Brad Miller out and Peja hurting.

#4 Dallas Mavericks over #5 Houston Rockets in 5
How did a team with Yao Ming and Tracey McGrady turn into the leagues oldest? Doesn’t make much sense, but not much does in Houston. The Mavs are 16-2 since Avery Johnson was named permanent head coach, and Houston doesn’t have a soul who can guard Dirk Nowitzki.

Posted by Frinklin at April 22, 2005 11:54 PM

Still sticking with Denver over San Antonio?

Or have you managed to put the crack pipe down and back away slowly.

Oh, and nice job by your Hawks drafting a center — I'm sure that would have stopped Julius Jones from running for another 150 yards and three TDs.

Posted by: Zygote at April 30, 2005 07:07 AM

Hey, we picked up three undersized linebackers too! And yeah, I'm sticking with Denver. Despite what happened in game 2, they did what they had to do: Split on the road.

I am wavering on the Rockets-Mavs though.

Posted by: frinklin at April 30, 2005 10:15 AM


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