The Western Conference has been very competitive all year long, and I know the competitiveness won’t stop now. The teams are fueled and ready to go, and quite frankly, I’m still unsure of who will come out of the first round.
1 v 8
The number 1 seed, and best team (by record) in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs are matched up against their stately neighbors, the Dallas Mavericks. With the Spurs leading the season series 4-0, you’d think that they have this one in the bag. And you’re right. I think the last time the Mavericks even beat the Spurs on the road, I was in high school. Spurs win easily, 4-0.
2 v 7
The Oklahoma City Thunder, number 2 seed, take on a scary team in the Memphis Grizzlies. Not because of their name, but because of their past. The Grizzlies have size, quick guards, and experience in the post season. OKC has the regular season series 3-1. OKC also has the MVP and his thunder buddy for life. This duo will be hard to stop, has they’ve proven it in the past. OKC beats Memphis 4-2.
3 v 6
Already fueled by regular season feuds and back and forth words, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors are set up for an entertaining series. The regular season series is tied 2-2. With the home teams winning each game this season, this series might go 7. This series is so up in the air, I will predict that each game will by decided by less than 10 points. Clippers edge the Warriors 4-3.
4 v 5
Who’s set the record for most points in a 7 game series? If this one goes 7 games, I bet the Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers will make history. Number 4 seed Rockets are fueled by beards, brains, and backs. (Any basketball fan will get what I did there.) The trailblazers have a great team, but the Rockets won the season series 3-1. James Harden will average over 30 points a game. Houston tops the Trailblazers 4-2.