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)

Noonan: The Celtics Exceeded Expectations, But Are On The Path To Contend For ‘Banner No. 18’

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Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics are close to becoming title contenders for the next few seasons. (PHOTO CREDIT: CSNNE.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

As we all know, the Boston Celtics overachieved this season, taking that ‘so-called’ next-step with an impressive Game 7 win earlier this week against the Washington Wizards to secure a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Players like Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Avery Bradley and yes, Kelly Olynyk, have made impressive contributions for the Green and White over the past few weeks.

However, we all know this crew is not ready to contend with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Instead, we, the Celtics fans, have witnessed another brick being added to the foundation. Danny Ainge’s process is slowly coming to fruition, which means the Green and White are inching closer to their ultimate goal of ‘banner number 18.’

It will come, I promise, but it won’t be this season. Maybe it will be next season or the year after, but the Celtics, who certainly exceeded expectations this spring, have proven they deserve a spot at the ‘big boys’ table with Cleveland, Golden State and San Antonio.

And while the outcome of this current series certainly favors the Cavaliers – yes, Cleveland dominated the opening game last night, downing the Celtics, 117-104 – Boston must at-least show some fight to keep the excitement on Causeway Street going into next season.

What the Celtics do following the Cleveland series is an unknown. Yes, there have been speculation, thoughts, tweets and opinions about the Green and White dealing their number one pick or perhaps luring Paul George or Gordon Hayward to Boston, but nothing is official.

If I were Danny Ainge, I would consider trading the top pick or perhaps selecting Markelle Fultz (Washington) or Lonzo Ball (UCLA). I would also be open to welcoming drafting Josh Johnson (Kansas) or Jayson Tatum (Duke) to Boston, too.

For now, just like many of you, I am going to enjoy this current run by the C’s. Yes, it maybe painful at time – who doesn’t want to see Thomas and his teammates defeat ‘The King’ and last year’s champions, but in the back of my mind – like many – I know this is just the beginning of what should be an exciting few years of Celtics basketball.

The future is promising, Green and White fans, so enjoy the remainder of the series and get set for what should be an exciting offseason.

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, May 3rd

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The legend of Isaiah Thomas continues to grow as he led Boston to a second-straight win last night over Washington in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. (PHOTO CREDIT: CBSSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

It’s Wednesday … WAHOO!

And if you watched the Boston Celtics-Washington Wizards game last night then you’re SO pumped up for today, right?

I know we are – what a game!

Any who, while we rejoice in an amazing win last night by the Celtics, let’s dish out today’s Daily Noontime!

After netting an impressive 53 points last night, Boston’s Isaiah Thomas was profiled by the Bleacher Report, who claims his legend continues to grow. Good read via Yaron Weitzman.  

Sticking with the Celtics-Wizards theme, Mass Live’s Jay King writes about Washington head coach Scott Brooks, who apparently wants Boston’s defenders to stop nagging Bradley Beal. That’s a weird comment! 

In case you didn’t stay up super later – I mean, it is a weeknight – then get caught up on five things (or five takeaways) from Golden State-Utah. The Warriors won their first game of the series by a score of 106-94. 

Per the Big Lead, Jason McIntyre writes why he believes the Chicago Bears maybe the new Cleveland Browns. Interesting comparison! 

It’s another BIG evening of NBA Playoffs – who wins their respective game two? Toronto or San Antonio? SB Nation has a thought or two. 

Wacky Wednesday: In honor of our initial ‘Wacky Wednesday’ here is a bizarre and strange story for you. As noted in various publications, including the SF Gate, American Airlines will be decreasing legroom in their economy class.

Note to readers: do not fly American Airlines economy class if you want more legroom! 

Video of the Day: If you’re looking for a good laugh about La La Land, then you’ll enjoy this trending YouTube video! 

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Have a great day and be cool, too! And nice to everyone, too! 

Daily Noontime – April 5, 2012

Paul Pierce missed a game-winning shot on Wednesday, as San Antonio escaped with an 87-86 victory! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.net)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into yet another astounding rendition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s get this day started with some headlines and news from the Hub!

* The Boston Celtics six-game winning streak was snapped on Wednesday, as the San Antonio Spurs escaped with an 87-86 victory. The Green and White rallied during the final minute, but Paul Pierce missed a jump shot as time expired, which allowed the Spurs to walk off the TD Garden parquet with a victory.

* The Celtics will return to the hardwood on Thursday, as they’ll travel to Chicago for a 9:30pm tip-off. The Bulls currently reside atop the Eastern Conference standings, and have beaten the Celtics twice this season.

* Boston’s hockey team – the Bruins – will return to the ice for their second to last regular season game on Thursday when face-off against the Senators in Ottawa.

* According to reports – no news has been released in regards to Johnny Boychuk’s knee injury from Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Boychuck left the game in the third period, and did not return for the remainder of the contest.

* Finally, the Boston Red Sox will play their first official regular season contest against the Tigers in Detroit on Thursday – first pitch is scheduled for 1:00pm – Jon Lester will oppose Justin Verlander.

Daily Noontime – April 4, 2012

Sidney Crosby recorded two goals against Boston on Tuesday! (Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s “hump day,” which means this week is almost over, but please… don’t cry! Let’s jumpstart the morning with some news and headlines from the city of champions…Boston!

* Sidney Crosby netted two goals, while goaltender Brent Johnson recorded 26 saves, as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, 5-3. The loss marks the end of a two-game winning streak, which saw Boston defeat the New York Islanders and New York Rangers.

* The Bruins have two more games remaining on their regular season slate, and they’ll return to the ice on Thursday when they travel to Ottawa to face the Senators.

* Prior to Tuesday’s face-off, Tyler Seguin received the Seventh Player Award for his performance on the ice this season. Seguin leads the Bruins with 65 points in 78 games, which is an enormous improvement from last year. In 2010-11, Seguin recorded 22 points in 74 games.

* The Boston Celtics will return to the hardwood on Wednesday when they host the San Antonio Spurs at 7:30pm. The Green and White have won 15 of their last 20 contests, and will look to earn their sixth consecutive win, too.

* According to sources – Ray Allen received a cortisone shot recently, and is hopeful that he’ll be able to return to the lineup soon. Allen hasn’t played for roughly two weeks since he sustained a sore right ankle injury.

* Finally, Bruins head coach Claude Julien remains optimistic about Johnny Boychuk, who sustained a leg injury during the third period against the Penguins. Boychuk told reporters he felt “good,” but wasn’t sure if he’d be able to attend practice on Wednesday.