Noontime’s NBA Playoff Predictions

Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

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.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Tuesday, Jan. 16th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for January 16th, 2018.

This week’s poll – similar to the past five polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 

1. Amherst College 

16-0, 3-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Bowdoin College

15-0, 3-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Tufts University 

15-2, 3-1 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. UMass Dartmouth

11-3, 5-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Roger Williams

11-3, 5-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 7

6. Conn. College

11-4, 2-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6

7. Middlebury College

12-4, 2-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

8. Univ. of New England

10-3, 6-1 CCC

Last Week: No. 8

9. UMass Boston 

14-1, 5-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 9

10. Brandeis University

9-4, 1-2 UAA

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Babson College (11-5, 7-1 NEWMAC), Castleton University (11-2, 7-0 NAC), MIT (10-5, 6-2 NEWMAC), Saint Joseph’s (Maine) (13-1, 6-0 GNAC), Smith College (10-4, 4-2 NEWMAC), Springfield College (12-5, 6-3), Williams College (10-6, 2-2 NESCAC) and WPI (12-4, 5-2 NEWMAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Dec. 4th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 4th.

This week’s poll – similar to the past two polls – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England. 

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, December 4th, 2017 

1. Middlebury College

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

2. Wesleyan University

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

3. Eastern Connecticut 

6-0, 1-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Williams College 

5-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1 

5. MIT 

6-1, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

6. Hamilton College 

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: NR

7. Nichols College 

5-1, 2-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 9

8. Amherst College

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6 

9. Bowdoin College 

6-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

10. Roger Williams 

7-0, 2-0 CCC

Last Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus (3-1, 1-0 GNAC), Babson College (4-4, 0-0 NEWMAC), Colby College (6-1, 0-0 NESCAC), Endicott College (3-2, 1-1 CCC), Husson University (4-0, 2-0 NAC), Keene State (5-2, 1-0 LEC), Salem State (6-2, 0-0 MASCAC), Springfield College (4-0, 0-0 NEWMAC), Southern Vermont (5-0, 0-0 NECC) and Tufts University (4-3, 0-0 NESCAC)

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week One (Tuesday, Nov. 21st)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

With the first week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


OGECHI POW WACBA

Women’s Player of the Week: Ogechi Ezemma (Clark | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a 2-1 week for the Cougars, Ezemma averaged a double-double of 18.0 points and 10.7 rebounds, while connecting on 71.4 percent of her free throws. She opened the season with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds in her team’s 79-62 win over Fitchburg State before recording her second double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds on the second day of the Worcester City Tournament against Becker. She netted a season-high 21 points by connecting on 10 of 12 shots from the field during her team’s 82-75 setback to Worcester State last Friday. Additionally, she recorded two blocks, one steal and one assist against the Lancers, too.


Sam Maglione WACBA ROW

Women’s Rookie of the WeekSam Maglione (Worcester State | Fr. | Lancaster, Mass.): Maglione averaged 10.3 points and one steal per game in a 2-1 opening week for the Blue and Gold. Overall, she shot 45.5% from the field, 41.2% from 3-point range, and a perfect 100% from the charity stripe. In the season opener, she posted 11 points on three triples and a bucket along with three swipes. In the Worcester City Tournament’s first round against Clark, Maglione logged 14 points, three rebounds, and two assists to help the Lancers secure their second win of the season. In the Championship game against WPI, she notched six points with a rebound and a steal.


Women’s Honor Roll

Maritza Gustave (Anna Maria | Sr. | Fall River, Mass.): Gustave averaged 10 points and 9.5 rebounds in a pair of games last week. She grabbed herself a double-double against Becker of 14 points and 13 caroms, while concluding the week with six points, six caroms and one steal against Ave Maria.

Idalis Miranda (Clark | Fr. | Naugatuck, Conn.): In a 2-1 week for the Cougars, Miranda averaged 14.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while connecting on 70 percent of her free throws. In her initial collegiate contest, she recorded a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, which helped Clark top Fitchburg State. She would net double-figures twice more in the week, tallying 15 against Worcester State before netting 11 against Becker. She converted her first trifecta of her college career in an 82-75 setback to Worcester State on the opening night of the Worcester City Tournament.

Kate Surprenant (Worcester State | Jr. |Pelham, N.H.): The junior guard averaged 12 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in a 2-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She logged six points, six rebounds and two assists in the Lancers’ opening night win at Mount Holyoke. She then recorded a career-high 20 points, going 8-for-13 from the field, in the Lancers’ 82-75 win over Clark with two rebounds, two assists and one steal. In the Worcester City Tournament Championship game against WPI, she tallied 10 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Overall this week, she shot 66.7% from the field, and 75% from the free throw line.

Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 15 points to go with eight rebounds, four steals and two assists en route to repeat Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors and the program’s fourth consecutive title at the annual Worcester City Tournament. In Saturday’s title game versus Worcester State, Biney scored 22 points, six rebounds and three steals. The fourth quarter saw the local product personally tie the Lancers with eight points.