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Golden State and Boston the NBA’s best for 2018-2019? Thunder and 76ers to spoil the Finals party?

Taking a casual glance at the NBA’s pre-season prognostications, the Golden State Warriors look like the team to beat in their attempt  to threepeat.  Yet, the Houston Rockets hope that the addition of Carmelo Anthony will get them to upend the GSW’s in the Western Division.  The Boston Celtics want to dominate the Eastern Conference now that Lebron James is now working with the Los Angeles Lakers in the West.  Toronto, with Kawhi Leondard, will challenge the Celtics and should be a threat to the Beantown favorites.  Oklahoma City heads a strong contingent of Western teams that look to make the Western Conference Finals if not Golden State or Houston.  The strong West has any number of teams that will be competitive on a game by game basis. The East, with a lack of the better teams in the league overall, also has less major super-stars which does not bode well in cross divisional play.



My Pre-season look at the NBA (Top eight in each conference will make the playoffs)



Eastern Conference
  1. Boston
  2. Toronto
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Indiana
  5. Washington
  6. Milwaukee
  7. Miami
  8. Charlotte
  9. Detroit
  10. New York
  11. Orlando
  12. Brooklyn
  13. Cleveland
  14. Atlanta
  15. Chicago


Western Conference


  1. Golden State
  2. Houston
  3. Oklahoma City
  4. Utah
  5. Denver
  6. Los Angeles Lakers
  7. San Antonio
  8. New Orleans
  9. Minnesota
  10. Dallas
  11. Portland
  12. Los Angeles Clippers
  13. Memphis
  14. Phoenix
  15. Sacramento



Power Ratings (Best regardless of Conference)


  1. Golden State
  2. Boston
  3. Houston
  4. Oklahoma City
  5. Toronto
  6. Philadelphia
  7. Utah
  8. Denver
  9. Los Angeles Lakers
  10. San Antonio
All NBA Pre-season team


Lebron James
Kevin Durant
Russell Westbrook
Kawhi Leonard
Joel Embiid
Stephan Curry
James Harden
DeMar DeRosan
Anthony Davis
Giannia Antetokounmpo


Western Finals:  Oklahoma City and Golden State


Eastern Finals:  Boston and Philadelphia


The Finals:   Philadelphia and Golden State


Feature Photo-  USA Today.com
Secondary Photo- Paul George:  Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Third Photo credit-  Steven Adams:  PHOTOSPORT







About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 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. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

One Response to “Golden State and Boston the NBA’s best for 2018-2019? Thunder and 76ers to spoil the Finals party?”

  1. October 17, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    i concur with your write-up but with Melo at the rockets there could just be a shock on the cards this season

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