The Toronto Raptors are fighting off the Drake curse, and now they have to worry about another jinx.
The Warriors seemingly got good news Thursday when ESPN unveiled its analysts' picks for the NBA Finals, as former Boston Celtics great Paul Pierce picked the Raptors to win the series in six games.
Pierce, a career 44.5 percent shooter from the field, hasn't been as accurate with his NBA playoffs predictions this postseason.
He said the Milwaukee Bucks' second-round series with the Boston Celtics was "over" after Game 1. The Bucks, who were the NBA's top seed after winning 60 games in the regular season, then won four straight games to advance to their first Eastern Conference finals since 2001.
He said the Warriors would lose Game 6 of their second-round series with the Houston Rockets, sans Kevin Durant, "in blowout fashion." The Warriors, behind 33 second-half points from Steph Curry, advanced to their fifth straight Western Conference finals hours after Pierce's prediction.
He jokingly tweeted "Bucks got this" after Milwaukee took a two-games-to-none lead in the conference finals on May 17. The Bucks would not win another game the remainder of the postseason and were eliminated in Game 6 of the conference finals.
So, congratulations Warriors on the three-peat?
Of course, if the opposite of Pierce's predictions continue to come true, surely humanity can find a better use for him than picking basketball games. If the Warriors end up winning, perhaps we can get "The Truth" to predict that society won't solve the climate crisis.