HOTSPROTSTAKES.com 2017-18 NBA Predictions!

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Unbelieveable, a new NBA season is already upon us after what was one of the wildest off-seasons in league history.

But with all that change and player movement, will it change anything or are we destined for yet another Cleveland vs Golden State edition of the Finals?

Well, you dear reader are in luck, because our crack staff here at HOTSPROTSTAKES is here to tell you who is making the playoffs, who wins it all, who takes home the notable hardware, and our BOLD predictions for the season.

Without further ado, here we go!

@Rovitz

East Playoff Teams: Boston, Cleveland, Washington, Toronto, Milwaukee, Miami, Detroit, Philadelphia
West Playoff Teams: Golden State, Houston, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, LA Clippers, Minnesota, Portland, Denver
Conference Finals: Boston vs Cleveland; Golden State vs Oklahoma City
Finals: Boston vs Golden State
Champs: Golden State in 5

MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons
6th Man: Andre Iguodala
Coach of the Year: Brett Brown (Sixers)
Defensive Player of the Year: Kawhi Leonard

3 BOLD Predictions: The Rockets flame out despite adding Chris Paul, and still don’t get past the first round; Giannis becomes the second player in as many years to average a triple-double; Even with more competition in the West, the Warriors win exactly 70 games.

@KedgeOnline

East Playoff Teams: Cleveland, Boston, Milwaukee, Washington, Toronto, Charlotte, Miami, Detroit
West Playoff Teams: Golden State, Houston, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Minnesota, Denver, LA Clippers, New Orleans
Conference Finals: Warriors vs Rockets; Cavaliers vs Celtics
Finals: Boston vs Golden State
Champs: Golden State

MVP: Kawhi Leonard
Rookie of the Year: Dennis Smith
6th Man: Andre Igoudala
Coach of the Year: Steve Kerr
Defense Player of the Year: Draymond Green

3 BOLD Predictions: Spurs lose first round, Devin Booker becomes an elite guard, Kyrie Irving will say Sandy Hook didn’t happen or something equally crazy.

@TheRyanWalsh

East Playoff Teams: Cleveland, Boston, Washington, Toronto, Milwaukee, Detroit, Charlotte, Philadelphia
West Playoff Teams: Golden State, San Antonio, Houston, Oklahoma City, Minnesota, LA Clippers, New Orleans, Denver
Conference Finals: Golden State vs San Antonio; Cleveland vs Boston
Finals: Golden State vs Cleveland
Champs: Golden State

MVP: Kevin Durant
Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons
6th Man: Rudy Gay
Coach of the Year: Steve Kerr
Defensive Player of the Year: LeBron James

3 BOLD Predictions: The Sixers will make the Playoffs, but not in the way Sixers fans quite expect. Even if we operate under the assumption of Joel Embiid playing in about 75% of their games this year, it’s hard for me to see this young team cracking the top 4 in an HEY LOOK WE GET IT ALREADY Eastern Conference.

LeBron James will win his first Defensive POY. The four-time MVP winner has been vocal about not having received the award in the past, despite having the tools to be the league’s best defensive option. Award voters seem to have taken the MVP off the table for Bron, but it would be shocking to me Akron’s Finest retired without a DPOY on his mantle.

The Pelicans will run two All-Star big men and break the mind of every analytics dork on the internet. In an era of “three and d” and “space and pace” the Pelicans are brining back classic, old-school, grit and grind basketball, but with a twist. Both Anthony Davis and Boogie Cousins have the ability to pass, make plays off the dribble, and shoot from range. So while they are bucking the small ball trend, the Pelicans bigs aren’t black holes for the ball and will be a fun team to watch over the 2017-18 season.

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