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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:42 pm    Post subject: 2018 NBA Playoff Pool

We are only about 7 games from the end of the season and while playoff positioning is tight, it isnít too early to think about how the playoffs will progress. Once the matchups are set, we will open up the pool to see who can do the best at predicting how they will go.

The first rule is that your picks need to be made, first round through Finals winner, before the first playoff game begins. In addition to projecting the winners, you also have to predict how many games each series will last. Points per winning prediction are:

First round - 5 points
Second round - 8 points
Conference finals- 12 points
Finals - 17 points

However, the number of games off on the series length is subtracted from the winning points. For example, in the first round if I pick GS to win in 5 games and they win in 4, my point total would be 4.

So when the pairings are announced, place your picks (first round through the Finals) plus the series length in this thread. I will plug them into my spreadsheet and provide results after every round.

Looks like the pairings are in. They are as follows:

Houston hosting Minnesota
Golden State hosting San Antonio
Utah hosting OKC
Portland hosting New Orleans
Toronto hosting Washington
Boston hosting the Bucks
Philly hosting Miami
Cleveland hosting Indy

The playoffs begin in two days, remember that entries need to be in by tip off of the first game. diando made a good example of how to post your picks, only he forgot a couple of series, I assume he will edit it. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:36 pm    Post subject:

This is going to be a tough one this year.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:10 am    Post subject:

It will be, especially in the West for a change.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:56 pm    Post subject:

First Round
Raptors in 6
Cavs in 5
Sixers in 6
Celtics in 6

Rockets in 6
Thunder in 6
Warriors in 4
Pelicans in 7
Second Round
Cavs in 6
Sixers in 6

Thunder in 7
Warriors in 4
Conference Finals
Cavs in 7
Warriors in 4
Finals
Warriors in 4

I know it looks crazy to have the Warriors sweeping the playoffs, but if Curry comes back before the second round, there's no hope for other teams, especially as I'm predicting that the Thunder will defeat the Rockets. This whole prediction stems from the Spurs looking absolutely hapless this season.
In the east, if Kyrie were healthy, I'd have them in the finals and taking a game from the Warriors, other than that it looks hopeless. I actually almost had the Sixers in the finals too but I think LeBron will find a way back to losing to the Warriors. Also, the Raptors can't beat LeBron for whatever reason, I won't be surprised if he sweeps them.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:52 am    Post subject:

Fun game CLF. Thanks for organizing. Excited to make my picks!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:18 pm    Post subject:

Bump
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:34 pm    Post subject:

venturalakersfan wrote:
Bump


PM a mod and ask them to sticky through the playoffs
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:08 pm    Post subject:

Bump....getting close.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:31 am    Post subject:

Itís going to be fun this year, the matchups will be more volatile than usual.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:21 pm    Post subject:

My bracket will have the Rockets winning the whole thing. Pulling for CP3 and MDA to get some vindication.

I had estimated 45-46 wins to make the playoffs, and it's crazy how that won't be enough. Will suck for Nuggets or Wolves tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:51 am    Post subject:

Runway8 wrote:
My bracket will have the Rockets winning the whole thing. Pulling for CP3 and MDA to get some vindication.


my bracket and desires will be the opposite of this
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:18 pm    Post subject:

I could change this before the playoffs start, but here's my submission:

West
Rockets over Wolves in 5
Warriors over Spurs in 4
Blazers over Pelicans in 6
OKC over Jazz in 7

Rockets over OKC in 5
Warriors over Blazers in 5

Rockets over Warriors in 6

East
Raptors over Wizards in 5
Celtics over Bucks in 6
76ers over Heat in 7
Cavs over Pacers in 5

Raptors over Cavs in 7
Celtics over 76ers in 7

Raptors over Celtics in 5

NBA Finals
Rockets over Raptors in 6
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:24 pm    Post subject:

Like Stu, I may change a few but here is my submission:

West
Rockets over Wolves in 4
Warriors over Spurs in 5
Blazers over Pelicans in 6
Jazz over OKC in 7

Rockets over Jazz in 5
Warriors over Blazers in 6

Rockets over Warriors in 7

East
Raptors over Wizards in 4
Celtics over Bucks in 6
76ers over Heat in 6
Cavs over Pacers in 5

Raptors over Cavs in 7
76ers over Celtics in 6

Raptors over 76ers in 5

NBA Finals
Rockets over Raptors in 5
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:49 pm    Post subject:

First Round
Raptors in 6
Cavs in 5
Sixers in 5
Celtics in 6

Rockets in 5
Thunder in 6
Blazers in 7
Warriors in 5

Second Round
Cavs in 7
Celtics in 7

Rockets in 6
Warriors in 5

Conference Finals
Cavs in 6
Warriors in 7

Finals
Warriors in 6
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:35 pm    Post subject:

West Round 1
Rockets over Wolves in 4
Warriors over Spurs in 4
Blazers over Pelicans in 6
Utah over OKC in 6

West Round 2
Rockets over Utah in 5
Warriors over Blazers in 5

West Con. Finals
Rockets over Warriors in 6

East Round 1
Raptors over Wizards in 5
Bucks over Celtics in 6
Heat over Sixers in 6
Cavs over Pacers in 6

East Round 2
Raptors over Cavs in 6
Bucks over Heat in 6

East Con. Finals
Raptors over Bucks in 6

NBA Finals
Rockets over Raptors in 4
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:53 am    Post subject:

West
Rockets over Wolves in 6
Warriors over Spurs in 6
Pelican over Blazer in 7
OKC over Jazz in 5

Rockets over OKC in 7
Warriors over Pelican in 5

Rockets over Warriors in 7

East
Raptors over Wizards in 4
Celtics over Bucks in 6
76ers over Heat in 6
Cavs over Pacers in 4

Cav over Raptors in 6
Celtics over 76ers in 5

Cav over Celtics in 7

NBA Finals
Rocket over Cav in 6

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:42 am    Post subject:

Houston over Minnesota in 4
Golden State over San Antonio in 4
Utah over OKC in 6
Portland over New Orleans in 6

Toronto over Washington in 5
Boston over Bucks in 5
Philly over Miami in 5
Cleveland over Indy in 5


Houston over Portland in 5
Golden State over Utah in 4

Toronto over Cleveland in 6
Philly over Boston in 6


Golden State over Houston in 5

Toronto over Philly in 7


Golden State over Toronto in 5



Good luck everyone!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:49 am    Post subject:

If I hear any news that Joel Embid may return for first round, I will make changes.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:02 am    Post subject:

Houston over Minnesota in 5
Golden State over San Antonio in 5
Utah over OKC in 7
Portland over New Orleans in 5

Toronto over Washington in 6
Boston over Bucks in 7
Philly over Miami in 6
Cleveland over Indy in 4


Houston over Portland in 6
Golden State over Utah in 5

Cavs over Toronto in 5
Philly over Boston in 7


Golden State over Houston in 4

Cavs over Philly in 5


Golden State over Cavs in 6


Sorry chronicle text is yours...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:58 am    Post subject:

diando wrote:
the Spurs looking absolutely hapless this season



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:15 am    Post subject:

West Round 1
Rockets over Wolves in 6
Warriors over Spurs in 5
Blazers over Pelicans in 5
Utah over OKC in 7

West Round 2
Rockets over Utah in 5
Blazers over Warriors in 6

West Con. Finals
Rockets over Blazers in 6

East Round 1
Raptors over Wizards in 5
Bucks over Celtics in 6
Sixers over Heat in 6
Cavs over Pacers in 5

East Round 2
Raptors over Cavs in 6
Bucks over Sixers in 6

East Con. Finals
Raptors over Bucks in 6

NBA Finals
Rockets over Raptors in 5
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:53 am    Post subject:

West

Rockets over Wolves in 5
Warriors over Spurs in 5
Blazers over Pelicans in 6
OKC over Jazz in 6

Rockets over OKC in 5
Warriors over Blazers in 5

Rockets over Warriors in 6

East

Raptors over Wizards in 5
Celtics over Bucks in 5
76ers over Heat in 5
Cavs over Pacers in 5

Raptors over Cavs in 5
76ers over Celtics in 6

76ers over Raptors in 6

Finals

Rockets over 76ers in 5
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:18 am    Post subject:

West First Round

Rockets over Wolves in 4
Warriors over Spurs in 5
Blazers over Pelicans in 6
OKC over Jazz in 7

West Semis

Rockets over OKC in 6
Warriors over Blazers in 5

WCF

Rockets over Warriors in 6

East First Round

Raptors over Wizards in 5
Celtics over Bucks in 6
76ers over Heat in 5
Cavs over Pacers in 5

East Semis

Cavs over Raptors in 7
76ers over Celtics in 5

ECF

Cavs over 76ers in 6

Finals

Rockets over Cavs in 6
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:50 am    Post subject:

West

Round 1
Rockets over Wolves in 5
Warriors over Spurs in 6
Blazers over Pelicans in 7
OKC over Jazz in 6

WC Semi Finals
OKC over Rockets in 7
Warriors over Blazers in 6

WC Finals
Warriors over OKC in 7

East

Round 1
Raptors over Wizards in 5
Bucks over Celtics in 7
76ers over Heat in 6
Cavs over Pacers in 6

EC Semi Finals
Cavs over Raptors in 7
76ers over Bucks in 6

EC Finals
Cavs over 76ers in 6

NBA Finals
Cavs over Warriors in 7
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:06 pm    Post subject:

West Round 1
Rockets over Wolves in 4
Warriors over Spurs in 6
Blazers over Pelicans in 6
Utah over OKC in 7

West Round 2
Rockets over Utah in 5
Blazers over Warriors in 6

West Con. Finals
Rockets over Blazers in 6

East Round 1
Raptors over Wizards in 4
Bucks over Celtics in 6
Sixers over Heat in 7
Cavs over Pacers in 6

East Round 2
Raptors over Cavs in 5
Sixers over Bucs in 7

East Con. Finals
Raptors over Sixers in 5

NBA Finals
Rockets over Raptors in 5
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