Thunder Up?

The Thunder stole Game 1 and homecourt advantage. But have they really? It will only take the Warriors one road win to take it back, and that is not so far-fetch to think of. We'll see.

For Game 2, I have changed my pick to Iguodala. The Dubs' Death Lineup heavily involes Iggy as he logged 32 minutes in Game 1. Hopefully, his minutes translate to some stat sheet stuffing.

I still believe that the Warriors can win this series, and that is why I have moved Westbrook's elimination game to Game 5.

As for the East, it looks like the Cavs have control of that series and Valanciunas does not look like he'll go Willis Reed anytime soon. Nothing's changed much with the pick plan, except putting soon-to-be free agent James Johnson for Game 4.

And oh! Can Philly please start grooming and winning with their trio of Okafor-Embiid-Ingram/Simmons? Really, tanking never is fun.

Good luck!

UPDATE: With Delladova's injury, I'm switching my pick to Cory Joseph in Game 3. Will he fare better versus Mo Williams? Or will they just play Kyle Lowry more?

By the way, here's a puzzle... If Thunder wins Game 3, will you pick Klay Thompson in Game 4? :P

Conference Finals

My cards...

As you know, I am saving my aces for the Finals' 4x multiplier. For now, I'm juggling with my role players.

I like picking players when they are playing at home. I can only name a handful of players who revel balling on the road, but none in this pool.

In the West, I like Barnes in OKC games when Bogut is not playing (see January 2015 games). As for Roberson in Game 2, maybe I'll play Iguodala instead if Bogut remains sidelined. Kanter gets the nod at home in Game 3 (hopefully with Bogut still out). And of course Westbrook gets the elimination game, whichever game that may be.

In the East, I like Thompson in Game 1s, and J.R. Smith in Game 2s (look at the first two rounds). I like Frye in non-close-out games, so maybe I'll move him to Game 3 if the Cavs sweep again.

As lower seeds win games, we'll reach further into the bench. But no matter what happens, the 2 Big Threes stays reserved for the Finals ;)

Well, that's the plan!