CAN'T BEAT THE HEAT: Can the Heat repeat? With a better team and a championship experience, we're thinking yes. Photo courtesy ESPN

CAN’T BEAT THE HEAT: Can the Heat repeat? With a better team and a championship experience, we’re thinking yes. Photo courtesy ESPN

The NBA postseason gets underway tomorrow and I can only assume will finish somewhere between 2015-2016. Through four rounds that, at times, are mind-numbing, the National Basketball Association will eventually crown a champion.

But I’m going to tell you who wins right now.

Yes, I was off last year when I picked the Thunder. Okay, I voted with my heart. Guilty as charged. But now? Now I’ve learned better? These chalk-heavy predictions might be booking a ticket to snoozeville (population: me), but here is your forecast for how the next two or three years that is the NBA postseason will play out:

I’m not going to go into any sort of detail with the conference quarterfinals because most of them need no explanation. Let’s knock those out real quick…

 

CURR-AGE UNDER FIRE: Steph Curry at the Warriors had a nice year, but nice stories tend not to last long in the NBA postseason. Photo courtesy Jeff Gross/Getty Images

CURR-AGE UNDER FIRE: Steph Curry at the Warriors had a nice year, but nice stories tend not to last long in the NBA postseason. Photo courtesy Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Conference Quarterfinals

#1 Miami OVER #8 Milwaukee
#2 New York OVER #7 Boston
#3 Indiana OVER #6 Atlanta
#5 Chicago OVER #4 Brooklyn

#1 Oklahoma City OVER #8 Houston
#2 San Antonio OVER #7 Los Angeles (Lakers)
#6 Golden State OVER #3 Denver
#4 Los Angeles (Clippers) OVER #5 Memphis

And now let’s get into the more fun stuff…

Conference Semifinals

#1 Miami Heat vs. #5 Chicago Bulls
Yes, Derrick Rose is a wild card. Actually, for us fans, he’s more like the proverbial dragon we’re forever chasing. His availability in the postseason casts a huge cloud of uncertainty, but luckily for us there’s no uncertainty with the Heat. Love them or hate them, they are the tour de force people imagined they’d be when certain people “took their talents to South Beach”. Miami disposes of Chicago in five. WINNER: Miami Heat

#2 New York Knicks vs. #3 Indiana Pacers
If I had gone into more detail with the conference quarterfinals, I’d have told you that the Indiana-Atlanta series is going to be super tight. I give it at least a 50% chance it goes to a Game 7 right now, here, today. New York, on the other hand, should have very few problems with Boston. Indiana won’t be able to effectively shut down Carmelo Anthony and New York pushes on in six games. WINNER: New York Knicks

#1 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. #4 Los Angeles Clippers
Maybe I’m being too antsy but I NEED something unexpected to go down. This is where I’ll make my stand. For all intents and purposes, the Thunder should have no problem advancing to the conference finals. However — HOWEVER — a perfect storm of the Thunder sorely missing Harden this time around and Chris Paul and Blake Griffin playing out of their minds forces a Game 7 where, in a nail-biter, the Clippers are able to do what the Lakers couldn’t a year ago. WINNER: Los Angeles Clippers

#2 San Antonio Spurs vs. #6 Golden State Warriors
Golden State, one of the nice surprises of the season, is able to pull off a commendable upset in the first round, but the Nuggets are no Spurs. San Antonio has become the New England Patriots of the NBA: no matter what goes on, they’re just sort of expected to be in thick of it at the end. They’ll be back in the conference finals after barely breaking a sweat in eliminating the Warriors in five games. WINNER: San Antonio Spurs

 

'MELO YELLOW: Sure it isn't as exciting as 'Linsanity', but this year the Knicks have the league's most prolific scorer. Photo courtesy Al Bello/Getty Images

‘MELO YELLOW: Sure it isn’t as exciting as ‘Linsanity’, but this year the Knicks have the league’s most prolific scorer. Photo courtesy Al Bello/Getty Images

Conference Finals

#1 Miami Heat vs. #2 New York Knicks
Can the Knicks win? Absolutely. A game or two, that is. As for the series, though, you need only ask yourself one question: are LeBron, Bosh, and Wade healthy? Because, if so, it’s time to start thinking about next season. Until one of the big three Kevin Ware’s it on the court, Miami’s path to destiny should seldom be in jeopardy this postseason. I’m not forecasting any injuries here and the Heat successfully defend their conference crown in six. WINNER: Miami Heat

#2 San Antonio Spurs vs. #4 Los Angeles Clippers
Just to cover my butt on my off-the-wall prediction that the Clippers can do away with OKC, I wouldn’t pick L.A. here. But add in that they’re playing the Spurs, and I DEFINITELY won’t be picking them. Listen, Los Angeles has a very nice, young core that makes their competiveness almost as sustainable as Oklahoma City’s. But that’s the FUTURE, not these current playoffs. If picking the Spurs is boring to you, so be it, I got my excitement picking Oklahoma City to get knocked off. WINNER: San Antonio Spurs

NBA Finals

Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs

As you can probably guess by what I’ve said in the forecasts above, it’s the Heat that win this one. Boom, there’s your answer. No build up, no climax, just, yeah. Analysis? Okay, um, how about if Dwayne Wade or LeBron James went does, I’d STILL pick the Heat to win. Where can they be stopped? If they can win 8 out of every 10 games in the regular season, you better believe they can take four out of seven from the best (on here, anyway) in the East. The Heat win in six, cut and dry. Those of you keeping score at home will notice this is the second straight repeat champion I’ve picked in 2013. Don’t worry, though, I won’t be picking the Kings in the NHL. Probably.

NBA CHAMPIONS
Miami Heat

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