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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:08 am    Post subject: Official 2018/2019 Playoff Seedings Watch

So now that the last big chip (Kawhi to Raps) has fallen, unless another big blockbuster happens, I think we can start this. Needless to say we should be in the hunt this season. Who are the favorites in the west? East?

It'll be interesting to see to see the receipts by the end of the regular season. There should be a lot of folks who get it wrong.

I'll start it off (yes, and I mean I'll start off the likely getting it wrong part). Predictions as of 7/18/2018

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1 - Golden State
2 - Oklahoma City
3 - Utah
4 - Houston
5 - New Orleans
6 - LA Lakers
7 - Portland
8 - Denver

Prediction is we get off to a slow start, but come on strong at the end. It's a new team in the loaded west, I think it will take some time to build team chemistry.

OKC at #2 because they've spent last season figuring out that team chemistry, and they will no longer have Melo playing "defense" 30 mins a game. PG will be on a mission to show he didn't make the wrong decision and WB will be WB. Same with Utah at #3 and the team chemistry thing, plus an improved Donovan Mitchell. I think Houston slightly falls back down to earth next season but not by much, just that I think they won't play as hard in the regular season like OKC/Utah will because they'll be in "Let's Just Get Ready for the Playoffs" mode all year.

Only team I was iffy on their spot was New Orleans at #5... I think their bigs rotation of Davis + Mirotic + Randle will actually be a handful to deal with for teams, so they could technically just destroy teams.... or losing Rondo could hurt them more than we all expect.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1 - Boston
2 - Toronto (or if Kawhi plays, Philadelphia)
3 - Philadelphia (or if Kawhi plays, Toronto)
4 - 8 Who cares

Eastern conference is Boston's to lose. They'll be in the Finals and I'll be rooting for the western conference regardless of who it is. Even if it means hoping the freaking Warriors end up winning 3 straight rings. I could never ever EVER bring myself to hope for Celtic success.

Kawhi will make the difference between 2 and 3. He'll likely play for Toronto begrudgingly, hence I think #2.

And let's face it, aside from the top 3, no one else has a chance at the finals, so I don't care.


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If I ever update my original predictions post, I'll put them below this line. So for now here are the current standings:

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:44 am    Post subject:

No way Utah and OKC do better than Houston.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:51 am    Post subject:

CandyCanes wrote:
No way Utah and OKC do better than Houston.


Maybe, but that's my hot take. I'm thinking Utah and OKC have more incentive to do better in the regular season than Houston does.

I'm actually starting to think leaving San Antonio out of my original prediction was wrong already. I think they'll have a good chance of squeezing in there before Denver does.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:55 am    Post subject:

Can I try? Considering no more major trades...

WEST
1- Golden State
2- Houston
3- New Orleans
4- Lakers
5- Utah
6- Oklahoma City
7- Portland
8- Minnesota

EAST
1- Foston
2- Phila
3- Toronto
4- Washington
5- Indiana
6- Milwaukee
7- Detroit
8- Brooklyn
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:02 pm    Post subject:

1. Lakers
2. Warriors
3. Utah
4. Houston
5. Portland
6. New Orleans
7. Wolves
8. Nuggets
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:58 pm    Post subject:

No way Nuggets make the playoffs this year. Spurs, Minnesota, OKC will all be better than them.
I have us somewhere from 2-4 in the conference, depending on how much LBJ plays and how well our young guys perform.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:23 pm    Post subject:

1. Warriors
2. Lakers
3. Houston
4. New Orleans
5. Utah
6. Portland
7. OKC
8. Denver

1. Boston
2. Philly
3. Toronto
Doesn't matter
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:29 pm    Post subject:

My guess...

1.) GSW
2.) HOU
3.) OKC
4.) LAL
5.) UTA
6.) PDX
7.) MIN
8.) SAS
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:31 pm    Post subject:

OKC @2?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:55 pm    Post subject:

West

1. Lakers
2-8: Also ran

East

1-8: Fodder!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:06 pm    Post subject:

1 - Houston
2 - Lakers
3 - GS
4 - Utah
5 - New Orleans
6 - OKC
7 - Portland
8 - Denver

Regular Season record always goes to the Hungry team. Harden the king of regular season and Lakers got the hungriest players.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:09 pm    Post subject:

1 - Golden State
2 - Houston
3 - Oklahoma City
4 - LAKERS
5 - Utah
6 - New Orleans
7 - Minnesota
8 - San Antonio

It's crazy that two teams of Portland and Denver's quality could be left out of the playoffs next year. WEST is loaded gonna be a dogfight, nothing is given, everything is earned.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:56 pm    Post subject:

Spurs are going to make it.

They finished in 7th without Leonard and 3-7 was 2 game difference. DD + Lamarcus is a good 1-2 punch offensively.

I think Spurs will get top 4 this season
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:36 pm    Post subject:

1) Warriors
2) Lakers
3) Rockets
4) Thunder
5) Jazz
6) Pelicans
7) Spurs
8) Blazers

Couple things here

1) People are really sleeping on our roster

2) Too much drama over in Minnesota. Think they fall out of the race this year

3) Nuggets arguably got worse with losing Chandler and salary dumping a couple of their other guys. They got Isaiah but they are already loaded at that postion
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:39 pm    Post subject:

kawhileonard wrote:
Spurs are going to make it.

They finished in 7th without Leonard and 3-7 was 2 game difference. DD + Lamarcus is a good 1-2 punch offensively.

I think Spurs will get top 4 this season


Where do you have the Lakers ranked?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:19 pm    Post subject:

OKC second seed??
I expect them to do worst than last season.

I as well like our chances as atleast a top 3 seed. If our young core keep up their trajectory, Lonzo improves into a decent shooter (atleast 36% 3s), and potential cancers Rondo and Lance dont cause turmoil I can see us as a #2 seed.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:43 pm    Post subject:

Any word on 1-16 seeding? Not this year?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:48 pm    Post subject:

I can't respect any list that has San Antonio not making the playoffs

Is someone going to kidnap Pop?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:51 pm    Post subject:

GS
Houston
Lakers
San Antonio
Okc
Utah
Minnesota
New Orleans
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:04 pm    Post subject:

defense wrote:
I can't respect any list that has San Antonio not making the playoffs

Is someone going to kidnap Pop?


His old players got older. 2 iso, long 2 jacking stars
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:54 pm    Post subject:

lakerdynasty5.0 wrote:
West

1. Lakers
2-8: Also ran

East

1-8: Fodder!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:11 pm    Post subject:

defense wrote:
I can't respect any list that has San Antonio not making the playoffs

Is someone going to kidnap Pop?


Yeah after thinking about it I flubbed that one up for sure. I’d pick them over Denver and Portland.

But I’m keeping my prediction post the same like I promised. This is going to be terrible already I can tell.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:23 pm    Post subject:

defense wrote:
I can't respect any list that has San Antonio not making the playoffs

Is someone going to kidnap Pop?


yes, if healthy they will probably be in
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:36 pm    Post subject:

lets get serious

Lock this thread, lock this post

Warriors
Lakers
Houston
OKC
Spurs
Minnesota
Portland
Utah

Boston
Phila
Washington
Milwakee
Detriot
Indiana
Miami
Toronto
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:25 pm    Post subject:

I don’t think GSW will hart the first seed. I think they’ll coast even more this year.
Utah is top3. I think OKC will actually have a better record.
No melo, a year of continuity and no stress of PG leaving or not
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