|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 29, 2013 at 12:15 PM|
It's time, and the NBA season kicks off with the Miami Heat tonight against the Bulls. The Heat will be raising a banner, and they'll be getting thier rings. Will they be doing the same next season at this time? Well, they'll be favored by many, but I'll say it again. The odd are against them, and near impossibel in today's NBA.
The East has become very deep with their top four teams, and perhaps the East is the better overall conference this season, ah who am I kidding. The East has changed, and the Heat are one of those teams who have improved. Is Oden enough, who hasn't played since 2009, and is a troubled player like Beasley enough to lift the Heat.
Here is a quick breakdown of my East predcitons.
1) Indiana Pacers (60-22)- With a renewed sense of homecourt this season. I expect them to come out blazing in the regular season. The bad news is that Granger will miss the first three weeks of the season with a calf injury, and I believe Granger is one of the keys this year if he can stay healthy. I think the Pacers can either maximize his talents with George, or they can trade him to bring in a couple of players that they may need, or another talented player.
2) Miami Heat (58-24)- I think they'll try and slow it down this year in the regular season. I think they'll try for the best record in the East,but I don't know if their bench, and role players can remain healthy. I expect many to pick the Heat to win it all. But I think father time has caught up with the bench. Maybe even Wade this year.
3) Chicago Bulls ( 55-27)- The Bulls will be getting a shot in the arm with the return of Rose, but have they done enough to beat the bulked up Pacers, and do they have enough to beat the champs. The Bulls may just get the Heat at the right time. If Deng, and Noah can stay healthy, and if Boozer can be consistent. Then the Bulls will be in the hunt.
4) Brooklyn Nets (52-30)- The best starting five? Likely, and maybe one of the deepest teams in the NBA. But some questions remain. Can Williams stay healthy, and can Paul Pierce and KG play like they have in the past few seasons. If yes to all of the above. The Nets wll be in the Eastern Finals.
5) New York Knikcs (48-34)- The Knicks tried to get better,but I don't think it's enough to win a title. Unless Stoudamire finds healthy knees. The Knicks are a good team, but a star player away from something special.
6) Cleveland Cavs (43-39)- The Cavs have one of the best point guards in the game, and it looks like he's ready to his young team to the playoffs. The big question is how much will Bynum give you
7) Detriot Pistons ( 39-43)- Josh Smith, and Jennings will help lead the Pistons back to the playoffs, but make no mistake about it. This team will be fun, but they won't contend for a title.
8-Toronto Raptors (36-46)- I like what I've seen from them in the preseason, and they seem to have the ability to out play you because of their athletic ability.
1) Pacers vs 8 Raptors ( Pacers win)
4) Nets vs 5) Knicks (Nets win)
2) Heat vs 7) Pistons (Heat win)
3) Bulls vs 6) Cavs ( Bulls win)
1) Pacers vs 4) Nets ( Pacers win)
2) Heat vs 3) Bulls (Heat win)
Eastern Conference Finals
1) Pacers vs 2) Heat (Pacers win the East)
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