Sunday's pick is easy. The Hawks are down 0-3 and are facing elimination, so our pick has to be a Hawk. That Hawk you've been saving, bring him forward. Mine is Jeff Teague.
Exception to this is if you still have OKC's Big Two, which in case you have to consider picking a Thunder. The Spurs having to retake homecourt advantage means they should be in control going forward. It's not out of the realm to think Spurs can win the next two games to advance.
As for Monday, it's not as easy. The Raptors (yes them, Raptors) have stolen one back in Miami and are leading 2-1, hence the undesirable occurrence. Now, those media 'expert' predictions of the Heat taking this series don't look promising at all. Even if the Raptors lost Valanciunas, the loss of Whiteside from the Heat I think is more impactful.
Do we start picking Wade or Deng? If the Raptors steal Game 4, then we are looking at lost opportunities picking more Heat players. Or can the Heat win two straight games and get up 3-2? Unlikely, but this series has gone wacky enough that anything is possible. It might be good to take a wait-and-see approach with this series.
Good thing there is still the not-so-lowly-anymore Blazers. They convincingly won Game 3 but we still don't expect them to take this series from the Warriors even if they tie 2-2. My best remaining Blazer is Crabbe. Not great, but good enough move for me especially for PRABS-M.