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 – April 26, 2011

The NFL lockout may have been lifted, but where do things go from here?

Happy Tuesday to everyone and welcome to yet another Daily Noontime in April! Despite the awful weather across America, let’s brighten the mood with today’s headlines and news, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* US District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson lifted the NFL lockout and ruled in favor of the players, but what exactly will the owners do next? Will there actually be a season?

* It was yet another exciting chapter of Dallas-Portland series, but in the end, the Mavericks earned their third win of the series, but can they win Game 6 on Thursday and officially end the series against the Trail Blazers?

* Could the Memphis Grizzlies upset the number one seed in the Western Conference? Could happen, especially since they lead the series, 3-1.

* Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was nominated as a Norris Trophy Finalist Tuesday. Chara last won the trophy in ’09.

* The Ohio State University football team is in more trouble with the NCAA, but exactly, why? Here is the answer!

* Philadelphia Eagles quarter Michael Vick has called out the Android company, so that they can get rid of their dog fighting application for smart phones.

Games to Watch: 

* Boston at Montreal (NHL Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* Buffalo at Philadelphia (NHL Playoffs) – 7:30pm eastern

* Atlanta at Orlando (NBA Playoffs) – 7:30pm eastern

* Indiana at Chicago Bulls (NBA Playoffs) – 8:00pm eastern

* Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver (NHL Playoffs) – 10:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Anyone have some thoughts on the Memphis Grizzlies PA Announcer? He seems a little too wild, but hey, what do we know! 



Daily Noontime – April 21, 2011

Good news Bucs fans. If there is no season, you will get the London game refunded.

Happy Thursday to everyone and welcome to yet another Daily Noontime in April. Here is today’s headlines and news, but also, an amazing video of the day!

Headlines: 

* The Dallas Mavericks will hit the road for Games 3 and 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers, but will they succeed outside of Texas?

* How about the play of Lamar Odom on Wednesday, not bad, right? Odom led the Los Angles Lakers past the New Orleans Hornets to even the series, 1-1.

* Even though they are scheduled to play in London this season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are planning to refund fans for the game.

* NFL Labor Talks will begin again on May 16, but one has to wonder, is the leagues unity dissolving?

* How should the Los Angles Dodgers feel about the MLB intervening and taking over?

* Believe it or not, but Steve Yzerman could be a possible NHL GM of the Year.

Games to Watch: 

* Atlanta at Los Angles Dodgers (MLB) – 3:10pm eastern

* Boston at Montreal (NHL Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver (NHL Playoffs) – 10:00pm eastern

* Dallas at Portland (NBA Playoffs) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

You never want to score for the other team because otherwise, you just feel awkward, right?


NBA Playoffs: First Round Predictions

By Matt Noonan

The NBA playoffs begin Saturday, so with that being said, here are Matt Noonan’s  predictions for the first round. 

Eastern Conference – First Round Predictions: 

(1) Chicago Bulls  vs. (8) Indiana Pacers – It is a great story to see the Indiana Pacers back in the NBA playoffs, but the Chicago Bulls are too talented of a team to lose this series. The Bulls finished with the best record in basketball, so expect their winning ways to continue. Chicago win the series, 4-1. 

(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) Philadelphia 76ers – Finally, the “Big-3” will get to play in their first playoff game together, but hopefully there won’t be any tears in the locker room, but who knows? Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra should have no problem leading his team past an up and coming 76ers squad coached by the great Doug Collins. Also, expect LeBron James to say to his teammates prior to tip-off, “give me the ball if you want to win at least one series.” James and the Heat will win this series. Miami wins the series, 4-2. 

(3) Boston Celtics vs. (6) New York Knicks – No Kendrick Perkins, no problem. The Celtics will hopefully find themselves in this series, but expect this matchup to possibly go six or seven games. Amare Stoudemire told the New York media last summer that the Knicks were beginning a “new era.” Sadly, this “new era” should end with a playoff loss, but at least the Knicks are headed in the right direction. Boston wins the series, 4-2. 

(4) Orlando Magic vs. (5) Atlanta Hawks – Why does it seem that every year these two teams always meet in the playoffs? How much do you want to bet that both the Hawks and Magic have dinner, practice and hang out together too? Would Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy even allow that to happen? I doubt it!  Orlando wins the series, 4-2. 

Western Conference – First Round Predictions: 

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Memphis Grizzlies – San Antonio has clearly been one of the better teams all season, but now the age factor is catching up with them, but against the Grizzlies, consider this an easy first round series. San Antonio wins the series, 4-0. 

(2) Los Angles Lakers vs. (7) New Orleans Hornets – After winning the 2010 NBA Championship, the Lakers were picked to repeat and face the Boston Celtics again.Boring! However, both teams have struggled, but with Andrew Bynum somewhat banged up and Los Angles’s age becoming a factor, expect the Hornets to challenge the old men, but in the end, the men who wear the purple and gold jerseys should win. Los Angles wins the series, 4-2. 

(3) Dallas Mavericks vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers – Talk about a true toss-up, either team could win this series. The Trail Blazers have had their moments all season, while the Mavericks looked like a pretty good team at times. However, after watching Dirk Nowitzki dance on YouTube, I may have to go with the underdog to win this series. Portland wins the series, 4-3. 

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Denver Nuggets – Denver is an absolute mess these days and after trading away half their team to New York, it seems they imitated the Boston Celtics of 2010, who see-sawed their way to the finish line last year. Kevin Durant will shine in this series, as well as lead Oklahoma past Denver, so get excited Thunder fans. Maybe Denver should focus on the Colorado Rockies, who are playing quite well these days. Oklahoma wins the series, 4-2. 

Why Athletes Love “Teach Me How to Dougie”

Have you ever noticed when entering a ballpark or stadium the various music that is often blared over the loudspeaker? Sure, they have oldies, such as Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, which totally rock, but what about the song, “Teach Me How to Dougie,” have you heard that song?

Well, if not, you will certainly know what it is and have it stuck in your head after watching these various videos featuring everyone’s favorite athletes dancing to this particular song, so enjoy!

1.) There is nothing better than watching John Wall and others dance instead of doing various NBA exercises.

 

2.) Indeed, fans are obsessed with the song. Well, maybe not obsessed, but truly will do anything when this song comes on, especially when one or two people are at center court.

 

3.) The Golden State Warriors welcomed the “newcomers” to their team by making them dance to the song during practice.

 

4.) Also, the Portland Trail Blazers took a page out of Golden State’s book, as they too made their rookies dance in front of their home crowd.

 

5.) After Michael Vick connected with DeSean Jackson, the wide receiver celebrate his touchdown by dancing to “Teach Me How to Dougie.”

 

6.) During a San Francisco 49ers warm up, Reggie Smith decided he needed to dance in order to get ready for the game, but who knows if they won that game?

 

7.) This Oregon Ducks fan needed to show off his moves with the college’s mascot, but who was the better dancer?

 

8.) Is it possible to say that the NHL even enjoys this song?

 

9.) It’s rather funny to watch sports analysts or reporters, especially Charles Barkley dancing to this song.

 

10.) While many New England Patriots fans are dreading their most recent playoff loss to the New York Jets, who doesn’t enjoy watching Braylon Edwards do the “dougie?”