Noontime’s NBA Playoff Predictions

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will certainly be a team to watch in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. (PHOTO CREDIT: Sports Illustrated)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The 2018 N.B.A. Playoffs officially begin tomorrow – yes, welcome to the postseason, basketball fans!

This is one of my favorite postseasons to follow – I do also enjoy playoff hockey as well, but playoff basketball is something I could watch all the time. So, without further ado, here are my predictions for the upcoming N.B.A. playoffs, enjoy!

Care to agree or disagree? Send me a tweet @MattNoonan11 and make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports’ basketball Twitter (@Noontime_Hoops) 


First Round (Eastern Conference) 

No. 1 Toronto vs. No. 8 Washington

Prediction: Toronto (Six Games)

No. 2 Boston vs. No. 7 Milwaukee 

Prediction: Boston (Seven Games)

No. 3 Philadelphia vs. No. 6 Mami 

Prediction: Philadelphia (Six Games)

No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Indiana 

Prediction: Cleveland (Six Games)


First Round (Western Conference)

No. 1 Houston vs. No. 8 Minnesota 

Prediction: Houston (Five Games)

No. 2 Golden State vs. No. 7 San Antonio 

Prediction: Golden State (Six Games)

No. 3 Portland vs. No. 6 New Orleans 

Prediction: Portland (Six Games)

No. 4 Oklahoma City vs. No. 5 Utah 

Prediction: Oklahoma City (Six Games)


Semifinals (Eastern Conference)

No. 1 Toronto vs. No. 4 Cleveland 

Prediction: No. 4 Cleveland (Six Games)

No. 2 Boston vs. No. 3 Philadelphia

Prediction: No. 3 Philadelphia (Six Games)


Semifinals (Western Conference

No. 1 Houston vs. No. 4 Oklahoma City

Prediction: No. 1 Houston (Six Games)

No. 2 Golden State vs. No. 3 Portland 

Prediction: No. 3 Portland (Seven Games)


Eastern Conference Finals 

No. 3 Philadelphia vs. No. 4 Cleveland 

Prediction: No. 4 Cleveland (Seven Games)


Western Conference Finals

No. 1 Houston vs. No. 3 Portland

Prediction: No. 1 Houston (Six Games)


N.B.A. Finals

No. 1 Houston vs. No. 4 Cleveland

No. 4 Cleveland (Seven Games)

Report: Kyrie Irving To Miss Remainder Of 2018 Regular Season & Postseason

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The Boston Celtics learned today (Weds., Apr. 5th) that Kyrie Irving won’t be returning for the remainder of the 2018 season. (PHOTO CREDIT: USA Today)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

According to multiple reports, including ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving‘s season has officially concluded – he will miss the remainder of the team’s regular season, as well as the postseason, too.

Irving recently had surgery on his left knee and won’t be returning to the hardwood until next season.

The news is not great for the Celtics, who currently occupy the second position in the Eastern Conference. The Toronto Raptors lead all teams in the East and recently defeated Boston by a score of 96-78.

Boston is scheduled to compete in four more games before the postseason begins, but without Irving, the Celtics will need their younger players to step-up, including Jaylen Brown and Jayson TatumAl Horford will also be expected to lead the Green and White in the postseason, as well.

As of this afternoon, the Raptors appear to be a lock for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Cleveland Cavaliers will most likely finish in third place.

If the postseason was to commence this afternoon or evening, the Celtics would face the seventh-seed Washington Wizards in the opening round.

Noontime’s 2018 MLB Season Predictions

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Ah, the return of baseball – welcome back, Major League Baseball (MLB) … you have been missed!

In anticipation of a brand new season, which gets underway tomorrow with the Chicago Cubs visiting the Miami Marlins, here are my picks for the 2018 year, including who will win the World Series – or at least an attempt. Please be kind on social media, everyone! 🙄

Make sure to follow our brand new baseball Twitter handle: @Noontime_BSB


American League Predictions 

New York Yankees

American League East

Cleveland Indians 

American League Central

Houston Astros

American League West

Boston Red Sox 

American League Wild Card (1)

Minnesota Twins

American League Wild Card (2)


National League Predictions 

Washington Nationals

National League East

Chicago Cubs 

National League Central 

Los Angeles Dodgers 

National League West

Arizona Diamondbacks

National League Wild Card (1)

New York Mets 

National League Wild Card (2)


American League Postseason Predictions

Boston over Minnesota 

AL Wild Card 

New York over Boston

AL Divisional Round 

Cleveland over Houston 

AL Divisional Round 

New York over Cleveland 

AL Championship Series 


National League Postseason Predictions

Arizona over New York

NL Wild Card 

Washington over Arizona 

NL Divisional Round

Los Angeles over Chicago Cubs 

NL Divisional Round 

Los Angeles over Washington

NL Championship Series 


World Series Prediction

New York over Los Angeles

Six Game Series: 4-2 Yankees 

WACBA Hoops: Holy Cross’ Manis and Nichols’ Echevarria Headline 2018 All-WACBA Awards

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WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross sophomore Lauren Manis and Nichols junior Marcos Echevarria headline the All-WACBA scrolls as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association revealed its 2017-18 awards Wednesday in Jen Toland’s weekly college column. Voters included sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, including Division I Holy Cross and Division II Assumption, as well as members of the local media.

In a close vote, Manis was named the WACBA Women’s Player of the Year. Fitchburg State’s Mikaela Mitchell claimed Rookie of the Year honors while Becker head coach David Bostick, who shared last year’s accolades, repeated as Coach of the Year. Nichols earned two of the three men’s major awards as Echevarria and head coach Tom Glynn, the recipient of 10 first place votes, repeated as Player and Coach of the Year, respectively. Assumption’s Matthew Kelly was selected as the men’s Rookie of the Year.

Manis also made the All-WACBA First Team for the second consecutive year, as did Becker sophomore Cassidy Harrison, Worcester State junior Britt Herring and WPI senior Ama Biney. Fellow Crusader, senior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed was upgraded from last year’s second team while Assumption junior Morgan O’Donnell made her debut on the scroll. Clark junior Ogechi Ezemma and Becker junior Adrianna Dowdy headlined the second team. They were joined by Anna Maria senior Kristina Russo, Fitchburg State sophomore Angelina Marazzi, Worcester State sophomore Catherine Sweeney and WPI senior Madison Beck.

Echevarria, who was on the top half of all 12 ballots, and sophomore teammate DeAnte Bruton, as well as Anna Maria sophomore Mike Rapoza and Becker senior Samuel Durodola were all named to the All-WACBA First Team for the second year in-a-row. Becker junior Kareem Davis moved up to the first team while Holy Cross junior Jehyve Floyd also earned top billing. WPI senior Chris Rodgers led the second team that also featured Kelly, Clark junior Luca McCormick, Fitchburg State junior Jonathan Perez, Nichols sophomore Jerome Cunningham and Worcester State sophomore Shaun McCarthy.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring nine colleges, 18 programs plus sports information directors and media members to foster friendships and camaraderie along with promoting the GREAT GAME OF BASKETBALL throughout the TRADITION RICH Worcester Country Area.


WACBA Women’s Basketball End of The Year Awards

Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Franklin, Mass.), Holy Cross

Rookie of the Year: Mikaela Mitchell (Millbury, Mass.), Fitchburg State

Coach of the Year: David Bostick, Becker

First Team

Assumption

Morgan O’Donnell Easton, Mass. Jr.

Becker

Cassidy Harrison Foxborough, Mass. So.
Holy Cross Infiniti Thomas-Waheed Newton, Mass. Sr.
Holy Cross Lauren Manis Franklin, Mass. So.
Worcester State Britt Herring West Brookfield, Mass. Jr.
WPI Ama Biney Worcester, Mass. Sr.

Second Team

Anna Maria Kristina Russo South Windsor, Conn. Sr.
Becker Adrianna Dowdy East Haven Conn. Jr.
Clark Ogechi Ezemma Hope Valley, R.I. Jr.
Fitchburg State Angelina Marazzi Manchester, N.H. So.
Worcester State Catherine Sweeney Lowell, Mass. So.
WPI Madison Beck Syracuse, N.Y. Sr.

WACBA Men’s Basketball End of The Year Awards

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.), Nichols

Rookie of the Year: Matthew Kelly (North Potomac, Md.), Assumption

Coach of the Year:
Tom Glynn, Nichols

First Team

Anna Maria Mike Rapoza Charlton, Mass. So.
Becker Kareem Davis Lowell, Mass Jr.
Becker Samuel Durodola Rosedale, N.Y. Sr.
Holy Cross Jehyve Floyd Sayreville, N.J. Jr.
Nichols DeAnte Bruton New London, Conn. So.
Nichols Marcos Echevarria Lynn, Mass. Jr.

Second Team

Assumption Matthew Kelly North Potomac, Md. Fr.
Clark Luca McCormick Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Jr.
Fitchburg State Jonathan Perez Lowell, Mass. Jr.
Nichols Jerome Cunningham Westbury, N.Y. So.
Worcester State Shaun McCarthy Oxford, Mass. So.
WPI Chris Rodgers Franklin, Mass. Sr.

 

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 13 (Tues., Feb. 27th)

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WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


DeANTE BRUTON

Men’s Player of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Soph. | New London, Conn.): DeAnte Bruton helped lead the Bison to their second-straight CCC Championship, averaging 25.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.3 steals per game over three games. Bruton scored 15 points to go with five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in a 100-68 win over Western New England. He followed that up with 34 points, including 25 in the second half, 10 rebounds, an assist, and three steals in an 89-75 win over Roger Williams. In the Championship game, Bruton scored 18 points in the first half before finishing with 27 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 98-89 win over Endicott. For the week, Bruton shot 57.1% (32-of-56) from the field and 47.1% (8-of-17) from beyond the arc.


Jacob Grandison

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Fr. | Oakland, Calif.): Grandison led the team in both games last week. He totaled 16 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists in the victory over American before adding 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists at Colgate. For the week, he averaged 16.0 points 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals on the week, while hitting 55.0 percent of his field goal attempts and 87.5 percent of his free throws.


MARCOS POW WACBA

Honorable Mention: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to their second-straight CCC crown, averaging 24.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game over three contests. Echevarria recorded 21 points, one rebound, six assists, and two steals in a 100-68 win over Western New England. He followed that up with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, and a steal in an 89-75 win over Roger Williams. In the Championship game, he scored 33 points, including 25 in the second half, to go with four rebounds, an assist and three steals in a 98-89 win over Endicott. For the week, Echevarria shot 45.3% (24-of-53) from the field and 41.7% (15-of-36) from beyond the arc.