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)

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: Tuesday, May 2nd

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Washington’s Kevin Shattenkirk netted the game-winning goal in overtime last night to provide the Capitals with their first Eastern Conference semifinal victory against Pittsburgh. (PHOTO CREDIT: Sports Illustrated)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Tuesday … what rhymes with Tuesday?

There really isn’t much to say about a Tuesday other than it’s not Monday, right?

Well, while we try to find good words to rhyme with Tuesday, let’s dish out today’s Daily Noontime for Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017.

Have a great day, everyone!

So, you probably know by now that the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated game one of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Toronto. However, did you know LeBron James picked-up a beer during the third quarter?

Don’t worry, James didn’t drink it, but he admitted after the game that he prefers wine, not beer. Pretty funny stuff, LBJ! 

Continuing with our lead-off story, here are a few tweets of James picking-up a beer during last night’s contest against Toronto (BELOW!): 

If you’re a Netflix fan (or subscriber like we are), then we suggest you check-out this New York Times article on what new shows and movies one should watch over the next few days and weeks – we spy a new season of ‘House of Cards!’

In case you’re not officially over this past weekend’s N.F.L. Draft, then we suggest you take a peak (and even read the entire article, too) on the draft’s biggest winners and losers, via the Washington Post

Speaking of the N.F.L. Draft, does anyone know how the Cleveland Browns did? Michael Silver, who is the NFL.com Media Columnist, has a few thoughts (and ideas!). 

Finally, can the Utah Jazz beat the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals? We think they can and so does Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report

Trivia Tuesday: In the movie ‘The Wizards of Oz,’ what did the scarecrow want from the wizard? (Tweet us your answer at @NoontimeSports). 

Video of the Day: It’s a LONG video – just giving you a heads-up now, so don’t watch this when your boss is around – but enjoy highlights via NHL’s YouTube channel from last night’s epic third game of the Eastern Conference semifinals between Pittsburgh and Washington – what a game, wow! 

Thanks for checking-in and have a great day, everyone! Remember to become a fan on Facebook and LinkedIn, while following us on Twitter, too. And we’re on YouTube, by the way, so become a fan of our page today! 

Rivers: “Before The Season [Started], I Thought We Could Go Deep”

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers seems to think that his team could make a deep playoff run! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The Boston Celtics earned their third consecutive win on Wednesday when they defeated the Utah Jazz, 94-82. And while the victory didn’t exactly catapult them to the NBA Finals, it certainly was a critical momentum builder for the Green and White, who’re currently locked in a two-way tie atop the Atlantic Division with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Yet, while there is still a lot of basketball left on the docket before the abbreviated 66-game season concludes, Doc Rivers believes that despite all the trials and tribulations his team has experienced over the past few months, they’ll be ready to make a “deep run” once the postseason begins.

“Well, before the season [started], I thought we could [go deep] – beginning of the season I wasn’t so sure, and now I do,” Rivers said during his Boston sports radio appearance on WEEI on Thursday.

“You have to be healthy – you just have to be healthy, [and] the one thing that is good is that we rest more in the playoffs. The playoffs – the games are harder, but the rest is more, and you have a great opportunity to play, rest, you don’t travel, so that’s the best you’re going to be during the playoffs,” he added.

Boston will conclude their March schedule on Friday against the Timberwolves in Minnesota before returning to the TD Garden for two critical back-to-back contests against Miami and San Antonio.

Daily Noontime – March 28, 2012

Tim Thomas saved 16 of 18 shots between the pipes on Tuesday, as Boston defeated Tampa Bay, 5-2! (Photo Credit: WBUR.org)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy “hump day” to everyone, and welcome into another grand edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s get this day started with some headlines and news from the “Hub.”

* The Boston Bruins earned their third consecutive victory on Tuesday at the TD Garden, as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2. The win avenges a previous loss, which saw the Lightning destroy the Bruins, 6-1. Five different Bruins netted one goal, while Tim Thomas recorded 16 saves between the pipes. Boston will return to the ice on Thursday when they host the Washington Capitals.

* With the win on Tuesday, Boston has padded their lead in the Northeast standings. The Bruins have won six more games than Ottawa currently, and are also locked in the second seed in the Eastern Conference, too. A few more wins would most likely secure the Black and Gold a playoff spot, and a division championship.

* The UMass men’s basketball team fell short against Stanford on Tuesday, as the Cardinals defeated the Minutemen, 74-64 in the NIT Final Four.

* The Boston Celtics will look to earn their third consecutive victory on Wednesday, as they’ll host the Utah Jazz at 7:30pm. A win against a Western Conference playoff team would be a huge boost for the Green and White, who remains a half a game behind Philadelphia in the Atlantic standings.

* Finally, the Boston Red Sox announced on Tuesday that Jose Iglesias was sent down to Pawtucket, which is most likely where he’ll begin the 2012 season.