NBA Playoff West Round 1 Series Picks

NBA Playoff West Round 1 Series Picks

NBA Playoff West Round 1 Series Picks

The NBA Playoffs are a couple of days away. On Saturday, April 15, 2017 the very best in the NBA start their quest for the NBA Championship, the most-prized trophy in basketball. Now let’s find out what each NBA West squad has to do in their Round 1 matchup to advance their odds at winning the 2017 NBA Title.

In the Western Conference, Golden State has secured the 1-seed while San Antonio has secured the 2-seed. Golden State battles Portland in Round 1. San Antonio battles Memphis. Keep reading for a preview of each NBA West Round 1 series along with free picks.

2017 NBA Playoff West Round 1 Series Picks

Golden State Warriors -6000 vs Portland Trailblazers +2000

Portland’s a different team with center Jusuf Nurkic on the court. Nurkic can bottle up the middle. He can play tough inside, or he can play at the top of the key. Nurkic’s presence makes Portland almost impossible to beat.

That’s the issue for the Trailblazers in this series. Nurkic is out indefinitely with a broken fibula. What does it mean? If means that Trailbalzers’ guards C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard have no shot of keeping pace with Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson.

NBA Playoff West Round 1 Pick: Golden State in 4 games

San Antonio Spurs -1500 vs Memphis Grizzlies +700

On paper, it appears as if Memphis could stick with the Spurs. The Grizzlies have a viable big man in Marc Gasol. Gasol can play straight up against San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge. Memphis also has a point-guard in Mike Conley who should outplay any point-guard on San Antonio’s squad.

But, then, I start thinking about how great Kawhi Leonard is, and I suddenly realize that he’s an NBA Championship away from being called the best player in the world. Kawhi, like LeBron, can take over a game in every phase. He’s that good. He averages 25 points, close to 6 boards, and close to 4 assists per.

Forget averages. Kawhi is a leader. I’m not sure Memphis has a player like that.

NBA Playoff West Round 1 Pick: San Antonio in 5 games

Houston Rockets -350 vs Oklahoma City Thunder +250

This is where I feel comfortable calling for the upset. As much as I love James “The Beard” Harden, I don’t feel that Houston plays good enough team defense to stop Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Westbrook is unstoppable. We know this. More importantly, Houston doesn’t play defense while Oklahoma City can. The Rockets allow close to 110 points per game of over 46% shooting from the field. Houston is terrific at guarding against the three-point line, but that’s because opponents drive the lane and slam dunk it in their faces.

I just don’t see The Beard and his mates keeping up with Russell and his mates in a 7-game series.

NBA Playoff West Round 1 Pick: Oklahoma City in 6 games

Los Angeles Clippers -210 vs Utah Jazz +160

I live in Los Angeles. That means I tend to side with the L.A. team. This time, I can’t. Utah has the best defense in the NBA. It allows 96.8 points per game off 44.3% shooting from the field. The Jazz did go 1 and 3 in their 4 games versus the Clippers this season.

But, during the NBA Playoffs, when defense counts, I think Utah has a great shot of upsetting the Clippers in Round 1. Utah has decent offensive players in center Rudy Gobert and forward Gordon Hayward.

I like the Jazz’s match up versus CP3, Blake, and DeAndre. I’m going with the Jazz to win this Round 1 series.

NBA Playoff West Round 1 Pick: Utah Jazz in 7 games