In order to minimize the wrongness of NBA playoff predictions, this year we’re going to do them round-by-round and then have new predictions when round one is over.
In the east fortunately things are easy and all four home teams will win.
The West is very close-packed. The teams with the best point differentials (Utah +5.3 and San Antonio +5.1) will both be playing on the road, the team with the worst differential (Dallas +2.7) is at home, and injuries are a factor in many cases. I like LA over Oklahoma City, San Antonio over Dallas, Phoenix over Portland, and Utah over Denver by I imagine we’ll see a lot of hard-fought series.