matthewhatfield.com Blog » NBA Playoffs http://matthewhatfield.com/blog2 Hatfield Sports - Covering Pro, College and High School Sports Wed, 10 Sep 2014 01:38:59 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 en hourly 1 NBA Finals Prediction http://matthewhatfield.com/blog2/2011/05/31/nba-finals-prediction/ http://matthewhatfield.com/blog2/2011/05/31/nba-finals-prediction/#comments Tue, 31 May 2011 22:43:26 +0000 Administrator http://matthewhatfield.com/blog2/?p=110 The 2011 NBA Finals begins tonight on ABC with the Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat taking on the Western Conference Champion Dallas Mavericks.  It’s a re-match of the 2006 series that the Heat won behind an MVP performance from guard Dwyane Wade as Miami won four straight in that series, including a couple thrilling comebacks in South Beach.

Both teams are a little different this time with LeBron James and Chris Bosh joining D-Wade (a.k.a. Flash) in Miami, while Dallas’ only two holdovers from that squad five years ago are All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki and guard Jason Terry.  One thing is sure and that is a Hall-of-Famer will win his first ring – either LeBron with the Heat or Dirk or even Jason Kidd with the Mavs.

Key to the Series – - Rebounding and bench play.  Bosh and Dallas’ Tyson Chandler may very well cancel each other out inside and on the glass, but a possible x-factor for the Heat could be a guy that gave them a lift in the series vs. the Bulls in the East Finals and that is power forward Udonis Haslem, who provided toughness and played terrific in their close-out Game 6 in the Finals back in ‘06. 

For Dallas, they have been hitting a bunch of 3’s in these playoffs and need to stay hot from the outside with Terry and reserve Peja Stojakovic, who was a key member of the Sacramento Kings teams that came up short to the Lakers in the West during the early 2000’s.  Peja and point guard J.J. Barea can give Dallas a major lift off the bench and that be a factor in this series.  For the Heat, they’ll turn to the likes of Mike Miller and James Jones to knock down open shots when Wade and James penetrate.

In the End – Miami has too much athleticism, transition game and they have two guys at the end of the game that can beat you and more importantly break you down off the dribble in Wade and James, getting to the cup as well as the free-throw line.  Dallas on the other hand has to depend on Nowitzki to make their big shots most likely, and while Terry and Kidd, neither are as consistent or reliable as that #2 option as what Miami has with in all honesty two go-to guys.

Pick – Miami in 6

Finals MVP – Dwyane Wade

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Saturday, April 17, 2010 – NBA Playoff Picks from Hatfield Sports http://matthewhatfield.com/blog2/2010/04/22/saturday-april-17-2010-nba-playoff-picks-from-hatfield-sports/ http://matthewhatfield.com/blog2/2010/04/22/saturday-april-17-2010-nba-playoff-picks-from-hatfield-sports/#comments Thu, 22 Apr 2010 20:01:10 +0000 Administrator http://matthewhatfield.com/blog2/?p=46 Hatfield Sports 2010 NBA Playoff Picks:

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE: 

#1 Los Angeles Lakers over #8 Oklahoma City Thunder – - 5 games

#4 Denver Nuggets over #5 Utah Jazz – - 7 games

#3 Phoenix Suns over #6 Portland Trail Blazers – - 6 games

#7 San Antonio Spurs over #2 Dallas Mavericks – - 6 games

 

2nd Round:

#1 LA Lakers over #4 Denver Nuggets – - 6 games

#3 Phoenix Suns over #7 San Antonio Spurs – - 5 games

 

Conference Finals:

#3 Phoenix Suns over #1 LA Lakers – - 7 games

 

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

#1 Cleveland Cavaliers over #8 Chicago Bulls – - 4 games

#4 Boston Celtics over #5 Miami Heat – - 7 games

#3 Atlanta Hawks over #6 Milwaukee Bucks – - 4 games

#2 Orlando Magic over #7 Charlotte Bobcats – - 5 games

 

2nd Round: 

#1 Cleveland Cavs over #4 Boston Celtics – - 7 games

#2 Orlando Magic over #3 Atlanta Hawks – - 6 games

 

Conference Finals:

#2 Orlando Magic over #1 Cleveland Cavs – - 6 games

 

 

NBA FINALS:

#2 Orlando Magic over #3 Phoenix Suns – - 6 games

FINALS MVP – - Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic

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