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)

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 9th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Tufts University secured the top spot with a convincing win last Saturday over Wesleyan University, thanks to a strong second quarter that helped the hosts push ahead for good. Danny Murphy highlighted his team’s win over the Cardinals with two goals and five assists.

The Jumbos have yet to lose a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) clash this season – they face some tough challenges over the next few weeks, including Amherst CollegeBates College, Bowdoin College and Middlebury College. All four teams appeared on this week’s poll with the Panthers reappearing on our Top 10 for the first time in weeks.

Bowdoin made one of the biggest leaps in the poll, jumping up three spots to the fourth position, while Connecticut College rounded out the top five in the fifth position. Bates also moved up a few spots as well, checking-in seventh overall after securing the ninth position one week ago.

Finally, Coast Guard Academy remains the top team in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), while Western New England (Commonwealth Coast Conference) held onto the 10th position for the second-straight week with a hard-fought 7-5 win over Endicott College.

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Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, April 9th, 2018

1. Tufts University 9-0, 6-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
2. Wesleyan University 9-2, 5-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Amherst College 9-2, 5-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
4. Bowdoin College 8-2, 4-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
5. Conn. College 8-3, 4-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
6. Coast Guard Academy 8-2, 3-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
7. Bates College 7-5, 3-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
8. Middlebury College 5-5, 3-4 NESCAC Last Week: NR
9. Williams College 4-6, 3-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8
10. Western New England 7-5, 4-0 CCC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Babson College (5-5, 2-0 NEWMAC), Clark University (6-4, 1-1 NEWMAC), Keene State (5-4, 2-0 LEC), MIT (6-4, 2-1 NEWMAC), Springfield College (6-4, 1-1 NEWMAC) and UMass Dartmouth (6-5, 1-1 LEC)

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 9th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Tufts University secured the top spot this week by winning its sixth-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) contest last Saturday over Wesleyan University.

As of now, the Jumbos appear to be the front-runner in the conference, but they will face some challenges down the stretch, including Amherst College and Middlebury College.

The Panthers, who occupied the top spot in our weekly poll for the past few weeks, fell to the second position due to a recent setback to Colby College. The Mules returned to our poll after not appearing in the Top 10 one week ago.

Trinity College and Wesleyan rounded out the top five positions, while the Mules checked-in sixth overall with a 6-4 overall ledger. Similar to Tufts, the Blue and White (Colby) will face some challenging tests down the stretch, including an important match-up against Trinity in two weeks.

Stay connected with New England Professional, College and High School coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Lax

Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, April 9th, 2018

1. Tufts University 10-1, 6-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
2. Middlebury College 9-2, 5-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
3. Amherst College 9-1, 5-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Trinity College 9-2, 5-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
5. Wesleyan University 7-4, 3-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
6. Colby College 6-4, 2-4 NESCAC Last Week: NR
7. Bowdoin College 8-3, 3-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
8. Springfield College 7-5, 2-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
9. Hamilton College 4-6, 2-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8
10. Bates College 7-5, 2-5 NESCAC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Babson College (6-5, 3-0 NEWMAC), Endicott College (8-3, 4-0 CCC), Roger Williams (8-3, 3-1 CCC) and Williams College (4-6, 1-5 NESCAC)

D3 Lacrosse: Saturday Predictions (Saturday, Apr. 7th)

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Springfield College takes on Babson College in an important NEWMAC clash on Saturday, Apr. 7th. (PHOTO CREDIT: Springfield College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Happy Saturday, everyone!

We have some big-time games to follow today in the New England D3 Lacrosse world, so grab your stick and buckle up your helmet because it is … GAME DAY!

Going forward, you can expect a Saturday prediction post on games to watch in New England D3 Lacrosse. You cal also stay connected with us on Twitter for college and high school notes, news and updates at @Noontime_Lax! 

Bridgewater State at Framingham State (WLAX) at 10 a.m. – This is a BIG one for the Rams, who enter this morning’s clash riding an eight game winning streak. Sure, I picked the Bears of Bridgewater State to ultimately win the regular season crown, but a win for Framingham State will make the race for the top seed in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quite interesting! Framingham State 10, Bridgewater State 9 

Tufts University at Wesleyan University (WLAX) at 12 p.m. – The Jumbos are the team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) down the stretch – they enter today’s tilt with the Cardinals riding a four-game winning streak. A win over Wesleyan would be a huge step forward for Tufts as they attempt to chase Middlebury College for the top spot in the conference. Tufts 10, Wesleyan 7 

Springfield College at Coast Guard Academy (WLAX) at 12 p.m. – The Bears will look to bounce back from their recent setback to Kean, while Springfield will look to pick-up an important conference road win. This is a good test for Coast Guard Academy, which has captured a pair of New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contests. Springfield 16, Coast Guard 7 

Williams College at Amherst College (MLAX) at 1 p.m. – Both teams will look to rebound from mid-week setbacks, but I think the Mammoths will find a way to sneak past the Ephs late in the fourth quarter. Amherst 12, Williams 10 

Wesleyan University at Tufts University (MLAX) at 1 p.m. – The Cardinals rallied to beat the Mammoths of Amherst earlier this week, but can they work their late-game magic against a well-rounded Tufts team? Wesleyan 13, Tufts 12 (OT) 

Conn. College at Bates College (MLAX) at 1 p.m. – The Bobcats lost a heart-breaker to the Polar Bears earlier this week and certainly need this win, while Conn. College seeks its fifth conference victory. Conn. College 14, Bates 12

Western New England at Endicott College (MLAX) at 1 p.m. – The winner will most likely snatch the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) regular season crown. Both teams enter today’s important CCC clash with respective winning streaks, but I think the Golden Bears have a little more momentum than the Gulls do at this point in the season. WNE 13, Endicott 8 

Springfield College at Babson College (MLAX) at 3 p.m. – Both teams enter 1-0 in conference play, but who advances to 2-0? This is a must-win for the Beavers, who will be one of five teams to watch in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) down the stretch. Springfield 14, Babson 9 

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.