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Playoff Preview

Predictions and Draft Recap

by Mike Gallagher
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

As Jim Mora said, "PLAYOFFS?!" We finally made it through 1,230 regular-season games and now the fun begins with no more rest. On top of what should be a ton of great games, fantasy keeps rolling in the postseason, especially in DFS. In case you missed it, we did a Western Conference and an Eastern Conference podcast previews for all 16 teams (click the conferences for the links).

 

Before we get to the fantasy draft, we made some predictions on the playoffs. Here are the predictions from some of the Rotoworld staff:

Mike Gallagher

 

First Round
 
Warriors (1) vs. Rockets (8): Warriors in 4
Spurs (2) vs. Grizzlies (7): Spurs in 4
Thunder (3) vs. Mavs (6): Thunder in 4
Clippers (4) vs. Blazers (5): Blazers in 6
 
Cavs(1) vs. Pistons (8): Cavs in 5
Raptors (2) vs. Pacers (7): Raptors in 5
Heat (3) vs. Hornets (6): Heat in 7
Hawks (4) vs. Celtics (5): Hawks in 7
 
Second Round
 
Warriors vs. Blazers: Warriors in 5
Spurs vs. Thunder: Spurs in 7
 
Cavs vs. Hawks: Cavs in 7
Raptors vs. Heat: Raptors in 5
 
Conference Finals
 
Warriors vs. Spurs: Warriors in 7
Cavs vs. Raptors: Raptors in 6
 
The Finals
 
Warriors vs. Raptors: Warriors in 4
Finals MVP: Stephen Curry
 
Steve Alexander
 

First Round
 
Warriors (1) vs. Rockets (8): Warriors in 5
Spurs (2) vs. Grizzlies (7): Spurs in 4
Thunder (3) vs. Mavs (6): Thunder in 4
Clippers (4) vs. Blazers (5): Clippers in 7
 
Cavs (1) vs. Pistons (8): Cavs in 4
Raptors (2) vs. Pacers (7): Pacers in 7
Heat (3) vs. Hornets (6): Heat in 6
Hawks (4) vs. Celtics (5): Hawks in 7

 

Warriors vs. Clippers: Warriors in 5
Spurs vs. Thunder: Thunder in 7
 
Cavs vs. Hawks: Cavs in 6
Pacers vs. Heat: Heat in 7
 
Conference Finals
 
Warriors vs. Thunder: Warriors in 6
Cavs vs. Heat: Cavs in 6
 
The Finals
 
Warriors vs. Cavs: Warriors in 6
 
Finals MVP: Stephen Curry

 
Ryan Knaus
 

First round East:


Cavs over Pistons 4-0
Hawks over Celtics 4-3
Raptors over Pacers 4-1
Heat over Hornets 4-2
 
First round West:


Warriors over Rockets 4-0
Clippers over Blazers 4-3
Spurs over Grizzlies 4-0
Thunder over Mavericks 4-1
 
Second round East: 


Cavs over Hawks 4-2
Raptors over Heat 4-1
 
Second round West: 


Warriors over Clippers 4-1
Spurs over Thunder 4-2
 
East Conf. Finals: 


Cavs over Raptors 4-3
 
West Conf. Finals: 


Warriors over Spurs 4-3
 
Finals: 


Warriors over Cavs 4-1

 
Ethan Norof
 

Warriors (1) vs. Rockets (8): Warriors in 5
Spurs (2) vs. Grizzlies (7): Spurs in 4
Thunder (3) vs. Mavs (6): Thunder in 4
Clippers (4) vs. Blazers (5): Clippers in 6
 
Cavs(1) vs. Pistons (8): Cavs in 5
Raptors (2) vs. Pacers (7): Raptors in 5
Heat (3) vs. Hornets (6): Heat in 5
Hawks (4) vs. Celtics (5): Celtics in 6
 
Second Round
 
Warriors vs. Clippers: Warriors in 5
Spurs vs. Thunder: Spurs in 6
 
Cavs vs. Celtics: Cavs in 6
Raptors vs. Heat: Heat in 6
 
Conference Finals
 
Warriors vs. Spurs: Spurs in 7
Cavs vs. Raptors: Cavs in 7
 
The Finals
 
Spurs vs. Cavs: Spurs in 6
Finals MVP: Kawhi Leonard

 
Jonas Nader
 
Warriors-Rockets- Warriors in 4
Spurs vs. Grizzlies-   Spurs in 4
Thunder vs. Mavs- Thunder in 5
Clippers vs. Blazers- Blazers in 7
 
Cavs-Pistons- Cavs in four
Raptors-Pacers- Raptors in 5
Heat-Hornets- Heat in 7
Hawks-Celtics- Celtics in 7
 
Warriors vs. Blazers- Warriors in 5
Thunder vs. Spurs- Thunder in 7
Cavs vs. Boston-  Cavs in 6
Heat vs. Raptors-  Raptors in 6
 
Warriors vs. Thunder- Warriors in 5
Cavs vs. Raptors- Cavs in 7
 
Warriors vs. Cavs- Warriors in 6
Finals MVP- Varejao ha, Curry for sure

 
Jared Johnson
 
Warriors / Rockets -- Dubs in 4
Spurs / Grizzlies -- Spurs in 4
Thunder / Mavs -- Thunder in 6
Clippers / Blazers -- Clippers in 6
 
Cavs / Pistons -- Cavs in 5
Raptors / Pacers -- Raptors in 6
Heat / Hornets -- Heat in 5
Hawks / Celtics -- Celtics in 6
 
Warriors / Clippers -- Dubs in 5
Thunder / Spurs -- Spurs in 6
 
Cavs / Celtics -- Cavs in 4
Raptors / Heat -- Raptors in 7
 
Warriors / Spurs -- Dubs in 7
Cavs / Raptors -- Cavs in 6
 
Warriors / Cavs -- Dubs in 6

 

 

We also got together a postseason league. Basically, you want as many games as you can. Here is the scoring summary: points 1.0 points, assists 2.5 points, rebounds 2.0 points, 3-pointers 3.0 points, steals 5.0 points, blocks 6.0 points, free throws made 1.0 points, and turnovers -3.0 points.

 

There are no moves and no bench. In other words, the work is done here. 

 

Here are the results with some analysis:

 

Round 1

Pos Team Player Pk Ov Type
G Michael Gosselin Curry, Stephen - GS 1 1 LS
F #MambaOut James, LeBron - CLE 2 2 LS
F Elijah Wolf Leonard, Kawhi - SA 3 3 LQE
F Mike Gallagher Green, Draymond - GS 4 4 LS
F Kyle McKeown Love, Kevin - CLE 5 5 LS
G Blake Murphy Thompson, Klay - GS 6 6 LS
G Jeff Andriesse Westbrook, Russell - OKC 7 7 LS
G Spencer Limbach Irving, Kyrie - CLE 8 8 LS
F Pat Daugherty Durant, Kevin - OKC 9 9 LS
F SHIP IT Aldridge, LaMarcus - SA 10 10 LS
G Scott Bogman Lowry, Kyle - TOR 11 11 LS
G #WeTheNorth DeRozan, DeMar - TOR 12 12 LS

 
Favorite pick: I thought Kyrie Irving at eight was really nice. I was kind of planning on taking him at four, but Dray fell to me. 
 
Least favorite pick: Stephen Curry. Just kidding.
 
Round recap: Everyone was a little surprised Kawhi went three over Dray, but I definitely get it. I saw NBATV talking about the Warriors going 16-0, which could happen. If a team plays three seven-game rounds, they would get more games than the Dubs. OKC as the three seed is kind of crazy, but the Warriors and Spurs were unreal.
 

Round 2

Pos Team Player Pk Ov Type
G #WeTheNorth Paul, Chris - LAC 1 13 LS
C Scott Bogman Valanciunas, Jonas - TOR 2 14 LS
C SHIP IT Jordan, DeAndre - LAC 3 15 LS
G Pat Daugherty Thomas, Isaiah - BOS 4 16 LS
G Spencer Limbach Smith, J.R. - CLE 5 17 LS
C Jeff Andriesse Ibaka, Serge - OKC 6 18 LS
F Blake Murphy Thompson, Tristan - CLE 7 19 LS
C Kyle McKeown Whiteside, Hassan - MIA 8 20 LS
F Mike Gallagher Millsap, Paul - ATL 9 21 LS
G Elijah Wolf Lillard, Damian - POR 10 22 LS
G #MambaOut Wade, Dwyane - MIA 11 23 LQE
F Michael Gosselin Barnes, Harrison - GS 12 24 LS

 

Favorite pick: Tristan Thompson could be an awesome pick. I'm guessing the Cavs will play a lot of games because so much pressure is on LeBron. Thompson will start and he should get 30 minutes or so.
 
Least favorite pick: I thought DeAndre and CP# were a little early. They'll have to beat the Blazers in seven and take the Warriors to six to hit value.
 
Round recap: I am really high on the Hawks and I almost wanted to pick them to beat the Cavs. Although, it's a tough matchup in the first round against genius Brad Stevens. Isaiah Thomas is interesting and the Celtics could play a ton of games against the Cavs. That first round series is going to be awesome. Jeff wisely stacked Westy with Ibaka. Smart move. 

 

Round 3

Pos Team Player Pk Ov Type
C Michael Gosselin Kanter, Enes - OKC 1 25 LS
F #MambaOut Griffin, Blake - LAC 2 26 LS
F Elijah Wolf George, Paul - IND 3 27 LQE
C Mike Gallagher Horford, Al - ATL 4 28 LS
G Kyle McKeown Dragic, Goran - MIA 5 29 LS
G Blake Murphy Parker, Tony - SA 6 30 LS
G Jeff Andriesse Walker, Kemba - CHA 7 31 LS
C Spencer Limbach Duncan, Tim - SA 8 32 LS
G Pat Daugherty Redick, J.J. - LAC 9 33 LS
G SHIP IT Iguodala, Andre - GS 10 34 LS
F Scott Bogman Crowder, Jae - BOS 11 35 LS
C #WeTheNorth Bogut, Andrew - GS 12 36 LS

 
 

Favorite pick: I loved the Bogut pick and almost took him over Horford. Same with Iggy.
 
Least favorite pick: Personally, I think the Raptors smoke the Pacers, so that would mean PG won't get many games.
 
Round recap: I'm stacking Hawks. Caw caw! Kyie is stacking Heat and Michael G was able to stack Curry with Harry B. 

 

Round 4

Pos Team Player Pk Ov Type
Flx #WeTheNorth Teague, Jeff - ATL 1 37 LS
G Scott Bogman Batum, Nicolas - CHA 2 38 LS
F SHIP IT Williams, Marvin - CHA 3 39 LS
F Pat Daugherty Harden, James - HOU 4 40 LS
F Spencer Limbach Deng, Luol - MIA 5 41 LS
Flx Jeff Andriesse McCollum, C.J. - POR 6 42 LS
F Blake Murphy Johnson, Joe - MIA 7 43 LS
G Kyle McKeown Green, Danny - SA 8 44 LS
Flx Mike Gallagher Drummond, Andre - DET 9 45 LA
G Elijah Wolf Livingston, Shaun - GS 10 46 LS
G #MambaOut Crawford, Jamal - LAC 11 47 LQE
Flx Michael Gosselin Turner, Evan - BOS 12 48 LS

 

Favorite pick: I wanted Jeff Teague, so that was my favorite pick here.
 
Least favorite pick: The Warriors may make it to The Finals, but it won't be due to Shaun Livingston.
 
Round recap: I'm sure Brandon Jennings would like the Drummond pick -- he thinks the Pistons could pull the upset. Hey, the Pistons won the season series 3-1. At this point in the draft, it's all about the stack. Most of the owners were smart enough to go that route.

 

Round 5

Pos Team Player Pk Ov Type
F Michael Gosselin Speights, Marreese - GS 1 49 LS
Flx #MambaOut Ginobili, Manu - SA 2 50 LQE
Flx Elijah Wolf Mills, Patty - SA 3 51 LS
G Mike Gallagher Bazemore, Kent - ATL 4 52 LS
F Kyle McKeown Richardson, Josh - MIA 5 53 LS
Flx Blake Murphy Carroll, DeMarre - TOR 6 54 LS
F Jeff Andriesse Sullinger, Jared - BOS 7 55 LS
Flx Spencer Limbach Bradley, Avery - BOS 8 56 LS
C Pat Daugherty Ezeli, Festus - GS 9 57 LS
G SHIP IT Jackson, Reggie - DET 10 58 LS
F Scott Bogman Biyombo, Bismack - TOR 11 59 LS
Flx #WeTheNorth Adams, Steven - OKC 12 60 LS

 

Favorite pick: I don't know if it's my favorite, but the DeMarre Carroll is the most interesting for sure. I am very curious to see how Norman Powell fits in.
 
Least favorite pick: I thought Mo Buckets was a tad early, but Michael G is stacking Warriors. Definitely a fine pick.
 
Round recap: All about the stack.

 

Round 6

Pos Team Player Pk Ov Type
Flx #WeTheNorth Powell, Norman - TOR 1 61 LS
Flx Scott Bogman Lin, Jeremy - CHA 2 62 LS
Flx SHIP IT Frye, Channing - CLE 3 63 LS
Flx Pat Daugherty Dellavedova, Matthew - CLE 4 64 LS
F Spencer Limbach Nowitzki, Dirk - DAL 5 65 LS
F Jeff Andriesse Aminu, Al-Farouq - POR 6 66 LS
C Blake Murphy Patterson, Patrick - TOR 7 67 LS
Flx Kyle McKeown Shumpert, Iman - CLE 8 68 LS
Flx Mike Gallagher Harkless, Maurice - POR 9 69 LS
C Elijah Wolf Plumlee, Mason - POR 10 70 LS
C #MambaOut Marjanovic, Boban - SA 11 71 LQE
G Michael Gosselin Schroder, Dennis - ATL 12 72 LS

 
 

Favorite pick: Dennis Schroder was pretty nice. I also really wanted Al-Farouq Aminu.
 
Least favorite pick: Gonna say Delly here, but Roto Pat likes betting against injury-prone players. Could pay off.
 
Round recap: BOBAN AND POWELL!

 

Round 7

Pos Team Player Pk Ov Type
Flx Michael Gosselin Diaw, Boris - SA 1 73 LS
Flx #MambaOut Ellis, Monta - IND 2 74 LS
Flx Elijah Wolf Barbosa, Leandro - GS 3 75 LS
Flx Mike Gallagher Davis, Ed - POR 4 76 LS
Flx Kyle McKeown Winslow, Justise - MIA 5 77 LS
Flx Blake Murphy Korver, Kyle - ATL 6 78 LS
Flx Jeff Andriesse Waiters, Dion - OKC 7 79 LS
Flx Spencer Limbach Green, Jeff - LAC 8 80 LS
Flx Pat Daugherty Ross, Terrence - TOR 9 81 LS
Flx SHIP IT Anderson, Kyle - SA 10 82 LS
Flx Scott Bogman Scola, Luis - TOR 11 83 LS
F #WeTheNorth Howard, Dwight - HOU 12 84 LS

 
 

Favorite pick: I love how Kyle stacked the Heat.  If they beat the Raptors in Round 2, he will probably win this thing.
 
Least favorite pick: Love Slo Mo when the Spurs rest guys, but he's barely going to play. Barbosa also counting on garbage time.
 
Round recap: I went for Boss Davis to stack with Moe Harkless. Blazers should be tough.

 

Round 8

Pos Team Player Pk Ov Type
F #WeTheNorth West, David - SA 1 85 LS
Flx Scott Bogman Williams, Mo - CLE 2 86 LS
Flx SHIP IT Mozgov, Timofey - CLE 3 87 LS
Flx Pat Daugherty Rush, Brandon - GS 4 88 LS
Flx Spencer Limbach Johnson, Amir - BOS 5 89 LS
Flx Jeff Andriesse Lee, Courtney - CHA 6 90 LS
Flx Blake Murphy Crabbe, Allen - POR 7 91 LQE
Flx Kyle McKeown Joseph, Cory - TOR 8 92 LS
Flx Mike Gallagher Harris, Tobias - DET 9 93 LS
Flx Elijah Wolf Turner, Myles - IND 10 94 LS
Flx #MambaOut Caldwell-Pope, Kentavious - DET 11 95 LS
Flx Michael Gosselin Smart, Marcus - BOS 12 96 LS

 

Favorite pick: I wanted Allen Crabbe and Cory Joseph.
 
Least favorite pick: Mo Williams probably won't be in the rotation.
 
Round recap: Stack mode.

 

Round 9

Pos Team Player Pk Ov Type
Flx Michael Gosselin Stoudemire, Amar'e - MIA 1 97 LS
Flx #MambaOut Pierce, Paul - LAC 2 98 LS
Flx Elijah Wolf Hill, George - IND 3 99 LS
G Mike Gallagher Matthews, Wesley - DAL 4 100 LS
Flx Kyle McKeown Olynyk, Kelly - BOS 5 101 LS
Flx Blake Murphy Morris, Marcus - DET 6 102 LS
Flx Jeff Andriesse Jefferson, Al - CHA 7 103 LS
Flx Spencer Limbach Williams, Deron - DAL 8 104 LS
Flx Pat Daugherty Simmons, Jonathon - SA 9 105 LS
Flx SHIP IT Kaminsky, Frank - CHA 10 106 LS
Flx Scott Bogman Randolph, Zach - MEM 11 107 LS
Flx #WeTheNorth Ariza, Trevor - HOU 12 108 LS

 

Favorite pick: I thought Ariza was a fine Mr. Irrelevant.
 
Least favorite pick: Why did I pick Wes Matthews again? Hopefully the Mavs can make it six games.
 
Round recap: Nobody took Andre Miller?

Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher has covered fantasy hoops for eight years and this season is his second with Rotoworld. You can find him on Twitter talking about a player's shots at the rim.