7 Bold Predictions for San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Playoffs

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor IApril 24, 2012

7 Bold Predictions for San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Playoffs

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    Making the NBA playoffs has become an annual tradition for the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs will, of course, make the playoffs again this year, since they do hold the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and all, but before the postseason starts, it is always fun to come up with some bold predictions. 

    Although many people overlook the Spurs, they are still one of the best teams in the NBA.

    How far will the Spurs go this year though?

    Read on to find out seven bold predictions for San Antonio in the playoffs, that will answer that question. 

7. DeJuan Blair Will Break out

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    DeJuan Blair may not be the best player on the Spurs, but he is obviously a good one.

    Blair is only averaging 9.4 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game this year, but expect those numbers to increase in the playoffs.

    Blair has yet to really play to his potential, but he has only been in the league for just about three years now. However, he does have two years of experience in the postseason.  

6. The Spurs Will Sweep Their First Series

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    As it stands, San Antonio is the best team in the Western Conference, which means it will most likely be playing Utah, Phoenix or Houston in the first round.

    However, it doesn't really matter. 

    The Spurs are easily better than all three of those teams, and they should have no troubles against whichever team they face.

    By no troubles, I do mean they will sweep their first series.

    The Spurs are filled with veterans, which means they have obviously been here before. This certainly means a lot come playoff time. 

5. Duncan Will Average 20 or More Points

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    Tim Duncan was once close to being an elite scorer in the NBA, but he definitely is not anymore. That does not mean he does not have game still though.

    Duncan is still averaging 15.4 points a game this year, so this kind of seems like a stretch, but Duncan is an absolute beast in the playoffs, but that is no mystery.

    He does have a few championship rings and all. Duncan may have had a bad postseason last year, but that was last year.

    Expect him to go off for 20 or more points a game in this postseason.  

4. San Antonio Will Average the Most Points Per Game

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    Yes, the Spurs are the second-highest team in the league in points per game, with 103.2, but you have to remember that teams step up their game tremendously in the playoffs. That is kind of what the NBA playoffs are known for.

    With that said, there will be teams in the playoffs, like Denver, Oklahoma City and Miami. All three of these teams have lethal offenses.

    The Spurs will outshine them all though (in points per game that is).

3. Tony Parker Will Average 9 or More Assists Per Game

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    This prediction may seem a little too bold, but it's not.

    Tony Parker is one of the best point guards in the game and his 7.7 assists per game this year is proof of that.

    This is, of course, a career-high for Parker, and his career numbers in assists will carry on into the playoffs. 

    San Antonio is obviously stacked, especially on offense. The more points that the Spurs score, means the more assists Parker will have, since he is the field general for this team and all. It is a pretty simply concept. 

2. The Spurs Will Knock off the Thunder

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder have clearly been one of the best teams all season long. However, this does not guarantee anything for the Thunder in the playoffs.

    Many people want to see a Thunder vs. Miami Heat matchup in the NBA Finals, but this is not going to happen because Oklahoma City is not going to hold up its end of the bargain.

    The Thunder and Spurs have played each other three times this year, and the Spurs have won two of those games. 

    Oklahoma may be on the rise, but San Antonio is still a heavyweight in the NBA and is very capable of beating a team like the Thunder. 

1. San Antonio Will Make the NBA Finals

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    This slide may be going off a little bit from the last one, but there is no guarantee that the Spurs will play the Thunder. 

    However, that is a likely matchup, and if San Antonio did beat Oklahoma City then the Spurs would obviously make the NBA Finals, since this series would take place in the Western Conference Finals and all.

    San Antonio is led by the original "Big 3" of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. These three players have arguably the best chemistry in the NBA to this day. It is kind of hard to argue that when the Spurs have the best record in the league and all.

    Whether the case, these three players can still ball and they will prove that by making the NBA Finals this year. 

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