- 04/17/2011, 03:31PM ET
[?] said 04/17, 03:31 PM
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.
DJRoxalot said 04/17, 04:11 PM
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.
[?] said 04/18, 02:08 PM
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.
DJRoxalot said 04/18, 03:14 PM
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....
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