Tomorrow the NBA Playoffs move onto the conference finals. While the match ups don’t necessarily surprise anyone, these series’ are sure to be nothing short of exciting. In the East, we’ve got the two-time defending champs Miami Heat against an up-and-coming bunch in the Indiana Pacers. On the other side, the West features the young and explosive Oklahoma City Thunder who will take on the experienced and wise San Antonio Spurs. Both of these are poised to be full of amazing basketball, but here’s my analysis of what I think will happen between each of these teams.
Eastern Conference Finals: #1 Indiana Pacers vs. #2 Miami Heat
Here we go, the Eastern Conference match up that everyone’s been waiting for. After last year’s series went to the Heat, the Pacers are hoping to get revenge and reach the finals after they mastered the regular season. However, the Heat aren’t going to go away that easily. LeBron’s been having another spectacular postseason and has shown people why he could be playoffs MVP. The Heat haven’t been too flashy this postseason, but they’ve gotten the job done with quality wins and great play from many of their players. On the other side, the Pacers have struggled a little, especially since they narrowly escaped a first-round upset. Hibbert has been lackluster at best, and doesn’t show too much potential for the rest of the playoffs. These teams split their season series with two wins each, but I’m not expecting it to be that close this time around. With that, I’m taking the Miami Heat to take this series in 6 games (but wouldn’t be surprised if they did it in 5).
Western Conference Finals: #1 San Antonio Spurs vs. #2 Oklahoma City Thunder
Many people are calling this “the Spurs year” because of their aging superstars and their consistent play once again. But, it seems like the past four years have been “their year” and they’ve failed to convert each time. That’s not to say they don’t have the potential, because they’ve been playing just as consistently as the Heat have and do so in a dominating manner. In terms of the Thunder, they just suffered a huge loss finding out that Serge Ibaka isn’t gonna be able to play for the remainder of the playoffs. He is a regular contributor and is an integral part to the OKC offense. However, with Durant, I think this team can do anything, especially with a healthy Westbrook. The Thunder have depth and they’ll prove this by having their next-man-up step into the role. Between these two teams, the Thunder won all four games that they played against each other. While OKC is going to miss Ibaka, I’m going to take the Thunder in 7 games to have KD’s MVP season continue.
If these predictions hold up, then we’ll have a Thunder-Heat Finals match up. KD vs. The King. Durant vs. LeBron. Two of the best players in the game right now. I wouldn’t be surprised to see any of these teams make it to the Finals and, no matter what, we’re going to have an awesome end to the NBA Playoffs.