All I Want For Christmas – An Academically Inelgible NBA Preview

So, Christmas is in just two days.  Tomorrow, I get to pull a really hard 9-1 shift at work and then the festivities begin.  Dinner with the family at Red Lobster.  Games after with my family and watching my five year old get really excited for what Santa and his reindeer will bring.  Sunday will bring gifts, breakfast, choir Sunday at Church, and then lots and lots of family.

You know what else happens in two days?  The NBA season starts.  I recently posted that I didn’t know if I could have come back as a fan if this lockout had lasted much longer, but the owners and the players decided they liked the money lining their pockets more than proving a point and they got the deal done.  Hooray.  If you are a Jazz fan reading this, go click on the link above for my thoughts about the Jazz this season.  This post is about the NBA as a whole.  Carl and I took our thoughts to paper about which teams will make up the 16 playoff teams, who will compete in the conference and league finals, as well as who will win the major hardware for the league this season.  Without further ado, we present the first annual NBA preview from your friends at the Academically Ineligible Blog.

Matt’s Playoff Picks

Carl’s Playoff Picks

East

West

East

West

Miami Dallas Miami Oklahoma City
Chicago Oklahoma City Chicago Los Angeles Clippers
Boston San Antonio Spurs New York Dallas
New York Los Angeles Lakers Boston Denver
Philadelphia Memphis Orlando Los Angeles Lakers
Milwaukee Los Angeles Clippers Milwaukee Memphis
Orlando Denver Philadelphia San Antonio Spurs
Indiana Phoenix Indiana Phoenix

 

Matt’s Conference Finalist

Carl’s Conference Finalists

East

West

East

West

Miami

over Chicago

Oklahoma City

over Dallas

Miami

over Chicago

Oklahoma City over

Los Angeles Clippers

 

We both agree that Miami will get its first title by defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals.

 

Matt’s Picks

Carl’s Picks

Rookie of the Year Jimmer Fredette Kemba Walker
Coach of the Year Scott Brooks Vinny Del Negro
Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard Dwight Howard
Sixth Man James Harden James Harden
Most Improved Derrick Favors Tyson Chandler
MVP Kevin Durrant Kevin Durrant
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