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  • 04/17/2011, 03:31PM ET

Rank the Chances of Western Conference Teams To Win NBA Finals (1-8) Best To Worst

[?] (1-6-0) vs DJRoxalot (1085-669-126)
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1) Los Angeles Lakers, the defending champs.

2) San Antonio Spurs, best regular season record and have experience.

3) Oklahoma City Thunder, exciting young players and push LA last year.

4) Dallas Mavericks, like their namesake, a wild card that can be the best or worst team in the field on any given night.

5) Denver Nuggets, might be better after Carmelo left and have a chip on their shoulder.

6) Portland Trailblazers, lack a true superstar by have cohesion.

7) Memphis Grizzlies, hold the ability to catch their opponents off guard by reminding them that Memphis has an NBA team.

8) New Orleans Hornets, might have the games best field general.

Your turn


1-LA. The champs who have the experience and the best coach in the NBA right now.

2-SA. Even after todays game they are still a team that has to be considered a favorite.

3-OKC. The future of the Western Conference.

4-Dallas. They showed some real character against the Blazers. And Dirk stepped up huge in the 4th quarter with 18 of his 28 points in the final quarter.

5-Portland. Aldridge is a beast and acquiring Wallace was huge. They will give Mavs all they can handle.

6-Denver. They have a deep team but they do not have a superstar like Aldridge who can dominate a game.

7-Memphis. They beat the Spurs but SA's experience will prove to be too much.

8-NO. Without West they have no real shot. Even with CP.


I didn't realize that there were so many members of fannation that so thoroughly loved the Trailblazers. Maybe it's a sign that so many people hate the Nuggerts. There's got to be some kind of rationalization on why you flipped two teams that are almost identical in accomplishment and already have a 5 vote lead, because it sure isn't your first argument.

Regardless, neither of these teams will be the favorite at anytime through their playoff run. The Nuggets only won 2 more games this season, 1 more game since February 24th, 2 less losses against Western playoff teams, 3 more wins at home, 1 less win away, and a point differential advantage of only 3.3. Denver is also 21-22 against .500+, while Portland is 20-24.

The key difference may be in the streak abilities of each team, given that the playoffs are a series format. Portland has a losing streak of 6 this season, while Denver has never lost more than 3 in a row. Denver has put together streaks of 6+ wins twice, while Portland has done that once.

Basically, you must get excited when Aldridge and Wallace play, because there is virtually no statistics that support Portland above Denver. Maybe you hate George Karl.


STATS, STATS, STATS, STATS?

YOU WANT TO TALK STATS


I am the stat king!!!

The Blazers play defense.

They allowed just 94.8ppg, good for 7th in the NBA. Not to mention they limited the high scoring Mavs to 89points, albeit in a loss.

Denver allowed 102.7ppg, 21st in the NBA. And they allowed 107 points.

Both teams lost but Portland's ability to tighten up on defense leads me to believe they can go farther than Denver. Defense is much more important in the playoffs.

Aldridge is an excellent player and gives them a solid presence while Martin is older and injury prone. Nene is a good player but extremely limited.

"There's got to be some kind of rationalization on why you flipped two teams that are almost identical in accomplishment and already have a 5 vote lead, because it sure isn't your first argument."

Identical in accomplishments?

I switched them because Portland imo is a much more dangerous team. Denver is deep but Portland has a better mix of young and veteran players.

You want to talk smack about 1st arguments?

Yours was so great?

Bring it, Sparky....


Forfeited Turn


Could have sworn you were going to get to this. That is what you said last night on the TD that was deleted.

So since there is nothing else to say.....





















CAKE AND BOOBIES

ALA MODE!!!!

April 17, 2011  04:05 PM ET

Nuggets number 1! haha jk should be a very exciting series though.

April 17, 2011  04:48 PM ET

I've bet on the Grizzlies to upset the Spurs. Will make some nice $$ if they come through... and looking at today's game, I'm comfortable with my choice.

April 17, 2011  04:54 PM ET

Leaning with the Blazers, they should have won that game over Dallas.

Let's go NO!

April 17, 2011  04:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I've bet on the Grizzlies to upset the Spurs. Will make some nice $$ if they come through... and looking at today's game, I'm comfortable with my choice.

I like that upset pick.
And ha - still holding out hope for the former Vancouver Grizz.

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April 17, 2011  05:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Oh god, you both picked the Lakers. Where the hell am I supposed to throw my homer vote?

Usually, I'd say you should vote for the best avatar.

April 17, 2011  05:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Usually, I'd say you should vote for the best avatar.

Than I'd vote for the "?", I don't know what's behind the numbers 1, 2 or 3, but I know I don't want a large cowboy hat with a hairy midget wearing it.

April 17, 2011  07:08 PM ET

Lakers and Spurs lose game 1. Either the top isn't as strong as everyone thinks or the bottom is better then people give them credit for.

In the East Pacers gave the Bulls a run for their money. Should be a great playoff.

April 17, 2011  07:13 PM ET

1. OKC
2. SA - would be 1 if not for manu questions
3. LA
4. Mavs
5. Blazers
6. NO
7. memphis
8. Denver

April 17, 2011  09:48 PM ET

What a start Nuggets. The Nene dunk was crazy. Keep it up dont be like the Pacers lol.

April 18, 2011  07:33 AM ET

I'm going with Barkely and saying The Grizz will upset the Spurs, they can have all the experience they want but when Randolph is besting on your **** experience don't mean anything...they could be dangerous next year with a healthy Rudy

April 18, 2011  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Than I'd vote for the "?", I don't know what's behind the numbers 1, 2 or 3, but I know I don't want a large cowboy hat with a hairy midget wearing it.

That is a normal size man, but an ENORMUS hat! the hat it's self is over 6ft. tall.

April 18, 2011  09:42 AM ET

And so, with all of Nene's good work on the start, the Thunder still prevail. What now Karl?

April 18, 2011  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

And so, with all of Nene's good work on the start, the Thunder still prevail. What now Karl?

Nene had a great start, they needed to continue that scoring option.

April 18, 2011  01:46 PM ET
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Damn DJ must have been fanmailing early and often here. Up 4-1 and all you did was lamely switch the 4 and 5 seeds. That must have been tough.

So says the guy that is about to haave the next EPIC FN meltdown...

April 18, 2011  01:47 PM ET

*HAVE*

April 18, 2011  08:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

So says the guy that is about to haave the next EPIC FN meltdown...

Hey drox, you type like me.LOL

April 18, 2011  08:45 PM ET

I was looking at your photos, wow your son got big, bless him.

April 18, 2011  09:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I was looking at your photos, wow your son got big, bless him.

Thanks.

 
April 18, 2011  09:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Usually, I'd say you should vote for the best avatar.

That is what I do because I can't read.

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