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NBA Preview 2017-2018; Western Conference Finals Pick….GSW, OKC, SAS, or HOU?

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs-Photo: Ronald Cortes, USA Today-Getty Images

 

As I take a look at it just one night before the new NBA season begins, we could have a new champion crowned in 2018.  No repeat for the current title holder, if one team comes together to challenge the 2017 winner, the Golden State Warriors.  As usual, injuries to any superstar can throw the balance of a division  into disarray and allow the teams that have enough talent to take the Larry O’Brian Trophy.  This is the year that it happens as the league has too many great players that have suffered injuries in the past and are susceptible to being cut down during the long season.  Here are my favorites and the suspects that will patriciate in the playoffs.

 

Western Conference
Top Eight to make the playoffs in 2018
  1. Golden State  64 wins
  2. Oklahoma City 56 wins
  3. San Antonio 55 wins
  4. Minnesota 51 wins
  5. Houston 50 wins
  6. Portland 47 wins
  7. Memphis 42 wins
  8. Los Angeles C  41 wins
Western Conference Finals:  Oklahoma City vs Golden State

 

Eastern Conference
Top Eight to make the playoffs in 2018
  1. Cleveland 60 wins
  2. Boston 59 wins
  3. Washington 58 wins
  4. Milwaukee 53 wins
  5. Toronto 48 wins
  6. Miami 47 wins
  7. Philadelphia 44 wins
  8. Detroit 41 wins
Eastern Conference Finals:  Cleveland vs Milwaukee

 

NBA Finals:  Oklahoma City vs Cleveland

NBA Champions:  Oklahoma City

 

As I said, injuries will take their toll.  Yes, I do believe that Golden State is the odds on favorite to win, but OKC, HOU, SAS, BOS, and CLE all have enough to do significant damage in the playoffs and you never know what could and can happen.
Top Five Players in the Association:
  1. LeBron James
  2. Russell Westbrook
  3. Kevin Durant
  4. Stephen Curry
  5. Kawhi Leonard
MVP-LeBron James

 

Coach of the Year-Tom Thibodeau

 

Rookie of the Year-your guess is as good as mine….how about Ball of the Lakers?
Feature Photo:  Russell Westbrook  (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

 

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 64 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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