NBA Playoff Picks
Can anyone stop the Warriors?

It’s that time of year again, the NBA Playoffs! While this NBA season has certainly been memorable and record-breaking, there is only one question everyone wants answered…can anybody stop the Warriors? As the writers of My Fantasy Sports Talk give you their NBA Playoff Picks this year, parody will not be very prevalent. The Western Conference was dominated by Steph Curry and the team known as Dub Nation, but can the age-less Spurs stop them…or anyone else? While not likely, we have the first round of games that can bring some excitement to out living rooms. See who our NBA writers have advancing into round two….

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Brandon Reida

Series: 4 games

Spoiler alert…I don’t think the Warriors will lose more than 3 games in the whole playoffs. None of them will be against the dysfunctional Rockets who seemingly tried to play their way out of the Playoffs.
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Series: 4 games

Even if Memphis was at 100%, this is a horrible matchup for them. But the Grizzlies are without Conley and Gasol, their two most important pieces. The Spurs might as well be playing the Iowa Energy in the first round.
Casey Mosriea

Series: 5 games

Steph Curry is unstoppable, and even if you do stop him, the Warriors have unlimited talent. I’m only giving the Rockets 1-game just in case Golden State decides to rest up during the series.
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Series: 5 games

The Spurs were knocked out of the Playoffs by the Clippers in the first round last year. They’ve arguably had the quietest 67-15 season in NBA history and will look to set up one of the greatest Playoff match-ups of all time should they go on to face the Warriors. Classic Spurs domination in this one.
Christian Menaa

Series: 5 games

Stephen Curry is fresh off a 46 point showing, and the Warriors are the best team in the NBA. Look for them to come off hungry and with a scoring punch against the offensively dynamic James Harden and the Rockets. Both teams can score at a high rate, but the Warriors defense is way better and will find more ways to slow down the Rockets and outscore them.
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Series: 4 games

When the Spurs added LaMarcus Aldridge over the offseason. They envisioned him and Kawhi Leonard becoming key pillars to their run. And they'll see it first hand in their matchup against the Grizzlies, who are without anchors Marc Gasol, and Mike Conley. Look for the Spurs to sweep the Grizzlies and take the series easily, using this first round matchup as a warm up.
Colin Andersona

Series: 4 games

The question with this series won't be will the Warriors win, it will be if they can get off to a start that can beat the Lakers 16-1 run in the playoffs. Expect a James Harden ole defense to lead to several uncontested buckets for any number of Warriors.
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Series: 4 games

Starting to look familiar? The top of the West is light years ahead of the bottom, and the walking wounded in Memphis are no exception. Pop may even get to rest his starters in some 4th quarters.
Dan Schalka

Series: 4 games

As most readers and listeners of the My Fantasy Podcast know I HATE Golden State, but let's be real...the Rockets have already booked vacations after the fourth game of this series.
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Series: 4 games

The Spurs need to sweep just to be able to rest their legs. Luckily, they play the Grizzlies, who our own Brandon Reid refers to as "D-League squad" with their injuries.
Kyle Kirbya

Series: 4 games

Do the Rockets even want to be around each other anymore? The Dubs mercifully end their season quickly. Next please.
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Series: 4 games

Wow, there really is a talent disparity out West. Much like the Warriors, the Spurs will demolish the Grizz (sorry Brandon).
Malachi Davida

Series: 5 games

The Rockets manage to sneak one game because James Harden shoots lights out. Outside of that, the Rockets seemed disinterested in continuing their season, and will get steamrolled by the defending champions.
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Series: 4 games

This Memphis team is deteriorated by injuries and limped into the playoffs with 1 win in their last 11 games. The Spurs will look to sweep to get extra rest for the aging members of the squad.
Michael Gomeza

Series: 4 games

Defending Champs with a 73 win season versus a team that doesn’t play defense and squeaked into the playoff picture on the last game of the season. Pretty easy pick.
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Series: 4 games

The Spurs are consistent as always and somehow look like the best Spurs team ever. The Grizzlies are being brought into the post season on a gurney. The Grizzlies have a lot of spunk but all the toughness in the world won’t help their depleted roster against the San Antonio machine.
Western Conference 1st Roundaa
Brandon Reida

Series: 5 games

Dallas is not healthy enough to compete in this series. Even if they were healthy enough, they don’t have the horses anymore. Westbrook and Durant will control the pace of play all series long.
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Series: 4 games

This will not resemble a 4 vs 5 matchup. The Clippers are finally back together and healthy. Too many weapons for Lillard and McCollom to overcome. Clippers took 3 of 4 against the Trail Blazers this year.
Casey Mosriea

Series: 6 games

Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook might be the most dangerous duo out there right now. Forget Steph, Westbrook has recorded 18 triple-doubles this season. What he’s doing is absolutely ridiculous, and the Thunder will feed off of that.
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Series: 7 games

I don’t see the Clippers doing anything bigger than when they knocked off the Spurs in 2015. They’ll be able to sneak by Portland if they can contain Damian Lillard. This series has the potential for a tight Game 7.
Christian Menaa

Series: 5 games

Behind Rick Carlise, Dirk Nowitzki, Wes Matthews, Chandler Parsons, and Deron Williams the Mavericks' have veteran experience and will give the Thunder a run. But they're no match for the Thunder's dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant and OKC will take this one in 5.
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Series: 6 games

Damian Lillard, and C.J. McCollum have been stellar for the Trailblazers, but with the return of Blake Griffin. The Clippers will be too much to handle, and loom for Chris Paul to elevate his game, with something to prove, chasing his first ring.
Colin Andersona

Series: 5 games

Russ-diculous continues his utter domination this season against the aging Dirk and his crew of Mavericks. There is just not enough top flight talent on Dallas to pull out more than one win.
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Series: 6 games

The Blake Griffin re-integration goes full bore in the playoffs. I love what Terry Stotts has done with the Blazers, but Chris Paul is a level above Damian Lillard at this point. Dame will give the Blazers a puncher's chance in a couple games, but CP3 will not be sent home in Round 1.
Dan Schalka

Series: 5 games

5 words can sum up this series: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
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Series: 5 games

I'm not a fan of the Clippers making a deep playoff run, but they have more experience and firepower than the young Blazers.
Kyle Kirbya

Series: 5 games

Despite my prediction, I think this will be a competitive series. The young talent of the Thunder wins out though.
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Series: 7 games


This is going to be a good one folks. I wouldn't be surprised is Lillard takes the "next step" here and puts down the Clips, but I'll go with the better overall team.
Malachi Davida

Series: 5 games

Dallas lost all four games against OKC this season. Two of them were close games which leads to assume they could win one perhaps. The youth and explosiveness of OKC will tear through the Mavs in the end.
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Series: 5 games

The Clippers won the season series 3-1, and they should be able to handle a series against Portland. Portland does have the Damian Lillard though who always gives them a shot at a win.
Michael Gomeza

Series: 6 games

Never count out the Mavericks, but OKC is younger, and has more talent. What worries me is the coaching battle where the Mavs are head and shoulders better. Look for Enis Kanter to be a major contributor for OKC against the Mavericks big men.
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Series: 7 games

The Trailblazers are the surprise of the season and I see Lillard getting hot during the postseason. The Clippers have played very good basketball, even without Blake Griffin, but they lack depth at all positions and have a track record of choking. The Blazers will be hungrier and fresher come this first round war.

Check out our Eastern Conference picks here, and don’t forget to check back when Round 2 tips off for more of our staff selections.

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