Look, I know my regular-season predictions blew chunks. But it’s the playoffs now, and I’m just rolling. I got all 4 second-round series right, and nailed 2 of them in terms of exactly number of games.
So, looking at the famous TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown, I’m doing pretty damn well
STAT GEEK SMACKDOWN + ADAM
1st RD CLE-BOS ORL-DET UTA-LAL SA-NO DET-BOS SA-LAL TOTAL
John Hollinger 32 5 5 7 0 X X 49
Mike Kurylo 35 5 5 5 5 X X 55
Kevin Pelton 32 5 5 7 5 X X 49
Jeff Ma 36 5 5 0 5 X X 51
Stphen Ilardi 39 7 5 5 5 X X 61
Justin Kubatko 44 5 7 5 0 X X 61
Henry’s Mom 32 0 5 0 0 X X 37
ADAM REISINGER 36 5 7 7 5 X X 60
That’s right, I’m in third place, exactly 1 point behind the leaders. If I’d just had more faith in my Cavs, and picked them to lose in 7, instead of 5, I’d be winning right now. Of course, since I’m not officially in the contest, I don’t win anything, but I would at least challenge Henry to allow me into the contest officially next year.
As for my conference finals picks:
I keep wavering on this one. Part of me feels like the Celtics, coming off two 7-game series, can’t possibly win this one. Then again, Part of me just feels like they’re the better team. So, um, let’s go with this:
Pistons in 6
- They’re better equipped to win a road game (they’ve won 3 already this postseason), and I can’t see the Celtics breaking through on the road when facing elimination.
No wavering on this one.
Lakers in 5
- These two teams are SO close, and when in doubt, go with the team with the best player -- that guy is Kobe Bryant. Kobe didn’t get the Lakers this close only to lose. Plus, Derek Fisher can semi-handle Tony Parker, and Pau Gasol will give Tim Duncan fits on both ends of the court.