2017-18 NBA Preview & Predictions

Just weeks away from the 2017-18 NBA Season and it’s been one heck of an offseason across the Association so many big moves. Will the Warriors do it again and can they break their 73 win record? Is this Lebron James final year in Cleveland and do the Cavs have a chance to knock off the Warriors again? Will Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade and Jae Crowder help put them over the top? Can Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward team up with Al Horford and produce another Boston Three Party? Can Kawhi Leonard lead the Spurs to a Sixth Title? How will Chris Paul team up with James Harden? Are Carmelo Anthony and Paul George the teammates Russell Westbrook needs to take the Thunder to the top? Can Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins take the Pelicans to the top? Will Jimmy Butler team up with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins to bring the Timberwolves to the playoffs? Will the Lakers young corps take them back to glory? And is Markelle Fultz that last piece of The Process in Philly?… Here are my predictions for the Season

Awards

MVP: Lebron James
COTY: Brad Stevens
ROTY: Lonzo Ball
DPOTY: Kawhi Leonard

Eastern Conference Playoff Predictions
1. Boston Celtics vs 8. Philadelphia 76ers (Celtics in Six)
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs  7. Miami Heat (Cavs in Five)
3. Washington Wizards vs 6. Charlotte Hornets (Wizards in Six)
4. Toronto Raptors vs 5. Detriot Pistons (Pistons in Seven)

1. Celtics vs 5. Pistons (Celtics in Six)
2. Cavaliers vs 3. Wizards (Cavs in Six)

1. Celtics vs 2. Cavaliers (Celtics in Seven)

Western Conference Playoff Predictions
1. Golden State Warriors vs 8. Los Angeles Clippers (Warriors in Four)
2. Oklahoma City Thunder vs 7. Portland Trail Blazers (Thunder in Five)
3. San Antiono Spurs vs 6. New Orleans Pelicans (Spurs in Six)
4. Houston Rockets vs 5. Minnesota Timberwolves (Wolves in Seven)

1. Warriors vs Timberwolves (Warriors in Four)
2. Thunder vs 3. Spurs (Thunder in Seven)

1. Warriors vs 2. Thunder (Warriors in Six)

NBA Finals
1. Warriors vs 1. Celtics (Warriors in Six)

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