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)

Daily Noontime – May 25, 2012

Jon Lester will be on the bump Friday for the Boston Red Sox! (Photo Credit: Chowdaheadz.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Friday to everyone, and welcome into the final Daily Noontime of the week! Let’s kick-off Memorial Day Weekend with some news and headlines!

* The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays will begin their three-game series on Friday at Fenway Park — Jon Lester opposes Alex Cobb — first pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM.

* According to various reports — Bobby Valentine strongly believes that if the Sox continue to play the way they’ve played the past 20 games, they’ll win the championship. Boston is 18-12 since blowing a nine run lead to the New York Yankees on April 21, which is the third best record in the American League behind Baltimore (20-10) and Tampa Bay (19-11).  If the Sox continue on this particular path, they’d finish their current campaign with 93 wins.

* The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers will conclude their Eastern Conference semi-final series on Saturday at 8PM at the TD Garden. Boston has won three of five meetings against Philadelphia in the seventh game dating back to 1965.

* Sources confirmed on Thursday that Avery Bradley will need shoulder surgery to repair “small tears that have compromised the structure of his ailing left shoulder.”

Daily Noontime – May 24, 2012

Once again, Boston failed to earn an important road win on Wednesday in Philadelphia! (Photo Credit: Boston Herald)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into yet another outstanding edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s kickstart the second to last workweek day with some news and headlines.

* Philadelphia outscored Boston, 49-39 during the final two frames, as the 76ers claimed Game No. 6, 82-75. Boston and Philadelphia will conclude their series on Saturday at the TD Garden.

* In the sixth game — Kevin Garnett tallied 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Paul Pierce poured in 24 points and 10 rebounds. Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo each registered nine points, and combined for seven turnovers in the loss.

* After Wednesday’s game concluded, Philadelphia head coach Doug Collins told reporters, “I want more. I want more.” Collins has stated some bizarre comments throughout this particular series, but apparently is confident that the sixth game will fuel him and his team.

* The Red Sox bats produced six runs and 13 hits in a span of nine innings on Wednesday, which helped Boston defeat Baltimore, 6-5. Daniel Bard picked up his fourth win of the season, while Daniel Nava hit his second home run and 11th RBI of the season.

* Boston is now 22-22, and has won nine of their last 12 contests. The Sox will attempt to earn their 23rd victory of the season on Friday when they welcome the Tampa Bay Rays to Fenway Park.

Daily Noontime – May 23, 2012

Kevin Youkilis cranked his third home run of the season on Tuesday, which wasn’t enough to spark Boston’s bats! (Photo Credit: Sawxblog.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy “hump day” to everyone! The rain seems to be subsiding, which means sunny days are here again, right? OK… OK… here are some headlines and news from the city of Boston.

* Baltimore jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two innings, and never looked back, as their lead ballooned into a 4-1 victory on Tuesday evening against Boston. Kevin Youkilis hit his third home run of the season, along with his 10th RBI, while Adrian Gonzalez registered one hit.

* Boston and Baltimore will conclude their three-game series on Wednesday at 12:35PM — Daniel Bard opposes Jake Arrieta.

* According to reports — Cody Ross could miss six to eight weeks with a fractured bone in his left foot. Ross injured his foot last Friday after he fouled a ball off his foot, and is now the seventh Sox outfielder to be placed on the disabled list.

* Boston will attempt to close out their second round series with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday at 8PM. The Celtics currently lead the series, 3-2.

* Philadelphia is 4-0 this postseason after a loss, and 4-1 at home. There only loss at the Wells Fargo Center came against Boston in Game No. 3 of this particular Eastern Conference series.

* Finally, former UMass men’s ice hockey goaltender Jonathan Quick recorded 38 saves in a span of 77:42 on Tuesday for Los Angles, which helped the Kings eliminate the Phoenix Coyotes from the NHL Western Conference Finals.

Daily Noontime – May 22, 2012

Brandon Bass recorded 18 of 27 points in the third quarter on Monday, which helped Boston defeat Philadelphia in Game No. 5! (Photo Credit: Sporting News)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Tuesday to everyone, and welcome into yet another edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s kickstart the day with some news, headlines and more news from the city of Boston.

* Paced by Brandon Bass, who deposited 27 points, Boston defeated Philadelphia, 101-85 on Monday in Game No. 5 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Boston now leads the series, 3-2, and will attempt to conclude the series on Wednesday when both squads return to the hardwood in Philadelphia for an 8PM match.

* Excluding Bass, Kevin Garnett poured in 20 points, Rajon Rondo added 13 points and dished out 14 assists, and Paul Pierce finished the contest with 16 points and four defensive rebounds.

* According to the NBA stat crew, Bass netted 18 of his 27 points in the third quarter, which is the highest point total during this particular NBA postseason in one quarter. LeBron James tallied 17 points against the New York Knicks in his team’s first round series, but that particular statistic has officially been erased.

* Trailing Baltimore late in the game, Boston’s bats sparked a three-run rally — two in the seventh, one in the eighth — to earn an 8-6 victory against the first place Orioles on Monday. David Ortiz hit his 10th home run of the season, while Mike Aviles recorded his 28th RBI in the win.

* The Sox have now won four of their last five contests, and will look to earn their 22nd win of the season on Tuesday when Felix Doubront pitches against Brian Matusz at 7:05PM.