And then there were four. The conference finals have finally arrived. It is the best time of the year for NBA fans, as we get to see who has bragging rights for the year for each conference. It is a great time to see our favorite stars grow, and for new ones to emerge. Here are my predictions for each series
Eastern Conference Final
Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers
Prediction: Heat in 7
It has been great to see the success of a young ball club like the Pacers. They have been working hard this whole season, and have really proven that defense takes you far in basketball. They averaged the most blocks and rebounds per game over the past year. Miami, on the other hand, was last in rebounding. This is going to come down to Miami’s offense versus Indiana’s defense. If Lebron can step up his game just a bit to his postseason form from last year, then Indiana is in for a bumpy ride. The only way the blue and gold would be able to pull an upset off are offensive explosions from Roy Hibbert and Paul George. If all goes right, the Heat will be in their third straight final.
Western Conference final
Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs
Prediction: Spurs in 6
The combination of big men Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph has been the main reason why the Grizzlies have made it through the playoffs. No other team has two all star centers who can shoot and post up. Add Mike Conley to the mix and you have a force to be reckoned with. But the Spurs are just too much to handle. San Antonio has three hall of famers in Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Tim Duncan. Ginobili is the best sixth man in the league, and if Memphis puts their best defensive player, Tony Allen, on the tenacious Parker, Manu will be dropping threes all over Memphis. The Spurs also have role players who have the ability to score in Kawhi Leonard, Gerald Green, and Gary Neal. There are just too many threats to contain for the Grizzlies. Spurs advance in 6 games.
I still think that the Heat will win the title, but the Spurs will put up a good fight against the chosen one and his friends.