NBA Playoffs are in full swing.
My San Antonio Spurs got knocked out by the two-bit Nuggets so I no longer have a dog in the fight.
Philadelphia vs. Toronto -- Toronto in 6
76ers are stacked with talent, but I'm just not seeing the team cohesion and I think Brett Brown is a bust of a coach. Embiid is awesome but he dominates the entire flow of the offense and makes the 76ers clunky. Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris just disappear on some nights. Kawhi is phenomenal and has been in this position year after year and is going to win this series with or without the help of his supporting cast. Paskal and Kyle just need to do enough. Where the fuck is Marc Gasol? Does the guy really not have anything left in the tank?
Milwaukee vs. Boston -- Milwaukee in 7
I think Milwaukee is soft but they've got such a well rounded and well coached team. If you can somehow convince Eric Bledsoe to come real every game with the drives, it truly does change the dynamic of the game with him and Giannis charging into the paint with wreckless abandon. Boston is going to lose because of Kyrie. I think he's been the problem all regular season. The league loves to paint him out to be a champion and an amazing player but I think he's the second coming of Carmelo Anthony. How cold he can get will be the end of this series.
Golden State vs Rockets -- Golden State in 6
I actually put a futures bet at the beginning of the playoffs on Rockets to win it all this year because I liked the odds. Fully knowing that they'd have to play GS in the semis, I thought Harden + Paul + Capela would out grind with physicality and take it in 7. That dreams not dead but I'm less optimistic because every year I forget about how fucking nasty KD is. I don't like the guy, but he's absolutely dialed in right now. It's absolutely demoralizing when you feed him an ISO, you throw a double on him and he's just pulling up and shooting over you. If Curry and Klay go cold, it doesn't even matter. Draymond is fired up too. It's over.
Portland vs Nuggets -- Portland in 6
Who ever wins this series will be fed to GS or HOU so it doesn't matter. I enjoyed Dame eating Westbrook's soul in the first round, but that's about as interesting as Portland gets for me. Kanter is a pretty cool story and I forgot how deep Portland's bench is. Jokic is awesome, but the rest of the team blows. Jamal Murray is a scrub who thinks he's an elite SG. Gary Harris took a step down after killing it last year (what happened to him?) and the rest of the team is lack luster. I think the biggest issue for Denver is that if you're down 7 in the fourth quarter, who's going to bring your team back? Jokic is a facilitator so by default, Jamal Murray is that guy. That's why they're getting bounced.