However, my pick on Sunday does not depend on who wins or lose. You see, I want to reserve 5 good picks for the Finals. Heat will surely advance, so I have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. So that leaves me looking for two more (Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen may do, but they are not consistent 20-PRA guys) from the West.
For the Grizzlies, I already used Marc Gasol and Mike Conley (and Zach Randolph in DTTF). I want to try to avoid picking Tony Allen (and Zach in 1-N-Done), at least until Spurs lead 2-X.
For the Spurs, I want to avoid picking Tim Duncan and Tony Parker at least until Grizzlies lead 2-X. The rest of the Spurs and Grizzlies are open for picking for Games 1 and 2. I will start with Manu Ginobili at 20 PRA average. If you are in a similar situation, you may pick Kahwi Leonard (hottest pick Sunday) as an alternative.
For those in a different situation, just try to avoid picking the top 2 players from each team at least until one leads 2-X. For 1-N-Done, this is an adamant strategy as you will want your top players to take advantage of the 4X multiplier in the Finals. For DTTF however, this strategy does not matter as much as picking the best player in the losing team.
So, how will you approach picking in the Conference Finals?