NBA PLAYOFF BRACKET ROUND-BY-ROUND PREDICTIONS
Do you smell it? Not the flow of pollen from flower children filing out to California’s desert to Coachella. Not the sweet scents of spring holiday confections. And certainly not the stench of NBA teams tanking their way to more lottery combinations.
No, the most pungent odor this time of year is the blood, sweat and tears of playoff basketball. There will be plenty of all three as the Cleveland Cavaliers flip the switch in defense of their title, the Golden State Warriors kick their juggernaut into high gear and the league’s long list of MVP candidates state their cases again after the votes have already been tallied.
With the start of the Association’s second season comes another opportunity for predictions, some of which are bound to blow up in the faces of those putting them forward. That danger didn’t deter us from picking winners round by round. Nor will it stop the basketball gods from laughing in our faces if (or when) reality bites back on our selections.