Everyone who knows me knows that not only do I love skating, but I also love playing a little hoops. The NBA regular season is a little long. Does it really take 82 games to decide who the best teams are that deserve to make the playoffs? Probably not.
March Madness is sweet. There is a lot of action in a short amount of time. Does it determine who the best team is? I don’t think so. The one and done format makes it difficult. Anyone can get lucky. Anyone can put one win together and knock off a favorite. A good team normally wins, but not one of the best.
That’s why I prefer the NBA playoffs. The best teams normally come out on top. You can look at Vegas’s complete Finals odds and see the top teams have a great chance of winning.
Are there upsets? Of course there are. Do 8 seeds knock off the 1 seeds in a 7 game series? Rarely. Very rarely. They have to play exceptional and really earn it. That is why one of the best ways to bet the playoffs is with the Zig Zag Theory. If a good team goes down, you come back with their the next game. These are the only games that I bet during April, May, and even June.
This season is going to be extra special. The Golden State Warriors are coming off a record setting regular season where they put up 73 wins. They are the defending champs. They have looked unbeatable at times. If they are healthy, and right now they are, there hasn’t been any team that can compete with them.
However, the San Antonio Spurs haven’t lost a home game all season long. They won more games than any other team in franchise history. They have exchanged blows with Golden State so far this season and I think Pop has saved up some strategy for the playoffs.
The only problem is that with the two seed they will have to go through the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant. Russell Westbrook. Those two guys giving you 40+ minutes come playoff time should scare any team half to death.
Look, the East isn’t going to put up much of a fight. It’ll be the Cleveland Cavaliers again unless something crazy happens. Can the Toronto Raptors put up a fight in the playoffs? Maybe. But I doubt it. The only thing Cleveland has to worry about is themselves. Listening to the coach. LeBron not throwing a fit. Kevin Love not throwing a fit or getting hurt. Kyrie not going mental after hearing about his girl stepping out on him.
I still think whoever wins the West wins the whole thing.