2008 NBA Playoff Predictions

Kieran HaweAnalyst IMarch 20, 2008

So the NBA season slowly is winding down, and the playoff picture is getting a bit more clear as we have only a few more weeks left to play.

Even though the seedings will probably change a bit, two things are very clear—the Eastern Conference has only two teams with a real shot at winning the NBA Championship and the Western Conference will have the best playoff basketball by far.

With that being said, let's take a closer took at each Conference and where they stand.


NBA Eastern Conference

No offense to any team in the Eastern Conference, but, outside of the Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, and maybe the Orlando Magic, does any team really have a shot against a Western Conference team?

The Eastern Conference will have at least one, maybe two teams make the playoffs with a losing record, and it's not like they are playing in the hyper-competitive Western Conference.

Having a losing record when you play teams like the Miami Heat and New York Knicks does not say a lot about your team. Could one of the lower-seeded teams make a run? Sure, anyone can, but, in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, there are the Celtics and Pistons and then everyone else.

In fact, the team I feel has the best chance of winning the NBA Championship is the Celtics, the Pistons are over-rated in a bad conference.


NBA Western Conference

The NBA should do away with the Eastern and Western titles and call these two conferences Division I and Division II.

The talent from top to bottom in the Western Conference is insane. Every single team that will make the NBA Playoffs will have at least 45 wins—the Eastern Conference will be lucky to have three.

In fact, I would say that any Western Conference playoff team, from seed one through eight, have a shot at winning the NBA Championship if they make it that far.

Right now, the seventh seed is the Dallas Mavericks. The Dallas Mavericks! That means, as of today, the Los Angeles Lakers would play the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. That is just a bit different then the Detroit Pistons playing the Philadelphia '76ers don’t you think?


NBA Playoff Predictions

So, here is how I see it going down this year in the NBA Playoffs. In the Eastern Conference, it will be the Celtics vs. the Pistons in the Conference Finals with the Celtics winning in a series that goes the full seven games.

In the Western Conference, I actually see Phoenix winning out, even though I am torn between them and the Lakers. With the NBA Finals being the Suns vs. the Celtics, I see the Suns winning.

So there you have it, I am predicting the Phoenix Suns as the 2007-2008 NBA Champions.