2018-19 NBA Season Predictions You’ll Laugh at Me for in April

The NBA is back tonight, with the Celtics and 76ers tipping off the season on TNT, followed by the Warriors against the sadly-lacking-Russell Westbrook Thunder in the nightcap.

But before we get to that, let’s get through the formalities of forecasting the season, the playoffs, the major awards, and everything else that’s gonna be wildly inaccurate and possibly also contradict the Busted/Plausible/Confirmed team previews I’ve already done on here because those were written with great care and effort and this is being written with the firm knowledge that nobody will read it and I’d be just as wrong if I took all day as if I just dashed it out in 20 minutes before the pizza guy shows up.

EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

Celtics

Pacers

76ers

Raptors

Bucks

Heat

Pistons

Wizards

WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

Warriors

Jazz

Rockets

Thunder

Nuggets

Trail Blazers

Pelicans

Lakers

AWARDS

MVP: Gordon Hayward

DPOY: Rudy Gobert

ROY: Luka Doncic

COY: Brad Stevens

6MOY: Domantas Sabonis

MIP: HERO OF SERBIA Boban Marjanovic

PLAYOFF TREE

First Round

BOS over WAS

IND over DET

PHI over MIA

MIL over TOR

GSW over LOL

NOP over UTA

HOU over POR

OKC over DEN

Second Round

BOS over MIL

IND over PHI

GSW over OKC

HOU over NOP

Conference Finals

BOS over IND in 5

GSW over HOU in 5

NBA Finals

GSW over BOS in 6

2019 Lottery Winner/First Pick: NY Knicks.

OK, folks. I’m on the record. Let’s tip off. HAPPY BASKETBALL DAY!