2016 NBA Finals preview + pick

2016 NBA Finals preview + pick

This playoff season is the best in years. Most of the series from the 1st round til now! Had a lot of action and drama as far as storylines go. Now we officially have our two teams in the finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are meeting for the Second straight year for the right of holding the Larry O’Brien trophy. The Cavaliers are a different team from a season ago, when they barely mustered 2 wins earlier in last season’s NBA finals. They didn’t have there two impact players in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. This year is different because they are healthy and playing well. The Cavaliers led by the king of Cleveland Lebron James who is determined to win another but one for the city of Cleveland. The Cavaliers will need heavy contributions from both J.R. Smith and Tristian Thompson in order to take control of this series. Toronto cause some problems for a little while but could not win in the end.
As for the Golden State Warriors, they are coming off a tremendous series vs. Oklahoma City Thunder who nearly had them trailing 3 games to 1 before giving it away. It was by far there toughest test this postseason. They were down but not out as they become the latest team to comeback from a 3-1 series hole to win it. The Warriors have been great all season winning 73 games (all time single season wins record) in the regular season. Handing teams like the Rockets, Trail Blazers, and Thunder. They got plenty of contributors like Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and oh yeah Stephan Curry NBA MVP 2years running. The benches for both teams is just about even on both teams. Here is my pick: Golden State in 7 games. Sorry Lebron and Cleveland your streak will continue.

My 2016 Stanley Cup Finals Preview + Pick

My 2016 Stanley Cup Finals Preview + Pick

What a year in the NHL and it comes down to this final series. I like this matchup because no one had this matchup when they were picking the games. I am so happy for the San Jose Sharks (been around for 25 years, since 1991), that they finally put together an impressive playoff run. There were at least 3 times in there history that they should have made to a Stanley Cup Final. All those talented players that have come in and out of this sharks franchise. This should really be a celebration for them and now. Current players like Joe Thornton, Patrik Marleau, and Joe Palvelski leading and contributing to the Sharks playoff run. I would like to pick them, but they have a touch opponent in Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins have had a fantastic playoff run by themselves by beating the toughest teams in the Eastern Conference like the Rangers, Captials, and the Lightning. Ever since the change during the season from going from Mike Johnson to Mike Sullivan as head coach of the Penguins. We cannot forget Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin at all here. They have not needed to score much this postseason, due to the bundance of secondary scoring from there young players. The great play of there young goaltender Matt Murray who could replace Marc-Andre Fleury one day. I think this will be a great series, and I would get ready for a lot of scoring chances in this one. Here is my pick, although I would take Pittsburgh I am going to take t Sharks in 7 games. So get ready for a series that could be one of the best.

Look out for my NBA Finals preview within the next few days.

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Finals Preview

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Finals Preview

its been a great playoffs so far, but the best is yet to come with both of there series. so without further ado lets get started:

Eastern Conference Tampa Bay lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins:

I believe the Lightning has had there hands full of injuries to key players like Stamkos, Strajman, and now Bishop (who is expected back later in this series). However the Lighning have better depth than the Penguins. Don’t count out the Penguins they have been playing well with Malkin and Crosby. Murray the goaltender has been a pleasant surprise for the Penguins. Ever wonder if Fleury is going to comeback at here? We will have to see as i predict the Lightning to win in 6 games

Western Conference San Jose Sharks vs St. Louis Blues:

Well just as you thought the Sharks have finally gotten over there playoff ills, they are back again. This i think is a grand opportunity for both the Sharks and the Blues to get to the stanley cup finals. The Blues have not been since 1970 and that is a long time. Meanwhile the Sharks have had 2 chances to reach a stanley cup final and have not. I dont know who to pick here. I say this series is going 7 games regardless. I have to pick the Sharks besides the bay area needs to experience a stanley cup final atmosphere for once.

Will be back for the Stanley Cup final soon!!

2016 NBA playoff preview

2016 NBA playoff preview

well it’s playoff time in the NBA. I think we have a good group of teams ready to compete for the Larry o’brien trophy. We got the Golden State Warriors ready to defend there championship. But they must be aware that every team they face will give them there all. They won 73 games this season. However they need to finish the job. Why get the single season record with no championship to cap it would be a major disappointment. So here is my picks:

 

eastern conference:

cleveland over Detroit 6 games

miami over Charlotte 5 games

Boston over Atlanta 7 games

Toronto over Indiana 5 games

Western Conference

Golden State over Houston 6 games

San Antonio over Memphis 7 games

Oklahoma City over Dallas 7 games

Portland over LA Clippers 7 games

There you have it my 1st round round picks are now in. I should be back with more sports takes soon. Look for my NFL draft preview soon. My NBA lottery preview is also on the way.

My Stanley Cup Playoff preview + picks

My Stanley Cup Playoff preview + picks

Well hockey fans its playoff time! I for one am glad it’s here and that regular season could not end any sooner. The second season has arrived with a surprise. No Canadian teams in this postseason for the 1st time since 1972. We are not making it up, and it’s really interesting that not one from the Canadian border made it. You can bet that Canada is hopping mad today. But hey you still have hope for the Raptors basketball and Blue Jays baseball. Oh did we mention the CFL at all here? We are sorry to hear about the passing of Ed Snider (founder and owner) of the Philadelphia Flyers. 2 year battle with cancer is the reason we had not heard much from him. Snider will be sorely missed in the Philly community. As well as the entire hockey world from everywhere. Now it’s time for the postseason picks.

Eastern Conference

Washington over Philadelphia 7 games
N.Y. Rangers over Pittsburgh 6 games
Florida over N.Y. Islanders 7 games
Tampa Bay over Detroit 5 games

Western conference

Los Angeles over San Jose 6 games
Anaheim over Nashville 5 games
Chicago over St. Louis 7 games
Dallas over Minnesota 6 games

There you have it hockey fans and let’s drop the puck already on this postseason. I will be back for 2nd round previews in the coming weeks.

My Final four Preview + Picks

My Final four Preview + Picks

Well its been an outstanding tournament with teams that had no business being in the field of 68. Syracuse is a great example of they should not have been in. I was stunned at the situation, now granted they have beaten teams that should have made the final four. Jim Boeheim has done a great coaching job, but is this better than the 2003 team that won it all? We will have to find out after this weekend concludes. As for Villanova, i knew they were going to be great in this tourney, and they have proven me right. Both North Carolina and Oklahoma have done well in spite of facing some opponents that have given them a significant challenge along the way. So here is my picks for the final four:

 

Syracuse over North Carolina

Villanova over Oklahoma

 

 

there you have it from Houston no less. Now its time to look forward to the championship game on monday. I should have a preview on that as well.

The 10 teams to make the 2016 MLB Playoffs

The 10 teams to make the 2016 MLB Playoffs

well baseball season is just around the corner, and its time to just about get the predictions going for the upcoming season. So i will start a new tradition in not just baseball, but in all the 4 major pro sports (NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB). So after watching a handful of spring training games, i have seen some ups and downs. By the make of this past off season, i was surprised at the makeup of teams that cashed in on there free agents. There are some teams that did not do as much, and felt that saving money was better for them. Now i give you the 10 teams (5 in each league) that will make the playoffs:

American League:

Division winners (East, Central, and West)
NY Yankees
Kansas City
LA Angels

Wild card:
Toronto
Houston

National League:

Division Winners (east,central, and west)
Washington
Chicago Cubs
San Francisco

Wild Card:
St. Louis
Pittsburgh

There you have it, i will have the full baseball preview later this coming week, but in my baseball blog: Chris Wood Baseball (chriswoodbaseball.wordpress.com) Don’t forget my playoff previews (in NHL and NBA) will be coming soon as there regular season is wrapping up.

My Super Bowl 50 Preview + pick

My Super Bowl 50 Preview + pick

This should be the game for the ages, it features the top 2 teams of the NFL from this season. The Denver broncos play the Carolina panthers for the right to hold the Vince Lombardi trophy. This is going to be a great game, in spite of the less than spectacular news that we have had this week. One player (Chris Harris of Denver) was sent home before the week got started. Cam Newton poised to have a great game, and figures to have his way with the Broncos defense. However it won’t be easy as the Broncos have the #1 defense in the league. If i was the Panthers offense i would attack the middle mostly. The Broncos have 2 good ends in Demarcus Ware and Von Miller. Don’t even let them have a good game, as the game could be a defensive struggle. Peyton Manning, could this be the last game for him? If he wins it might be, but there are rumors of him possibly going to Los Angeles? We will have to see how this game plays out. Now here is my pick for super Bowl 50: Carolina winning 35 to 20

Now let’s get ready for the Super Bowl!!

My National Championship Playoff Preview + Pick

My National Championship Playoff Preview + Pick

Well that was a good playoff round, so its now time to end it all right here (on the field). Alabama Crimson Tide vs the Clemson Tigers is the teams to be playing for that coveted gold trophy. First for the Clemson Tigers, while i admit they have had a great year (have not lost yet). I was going through highlights and there schedule, it seems to me like not much competition from the ACC and other teams. Even in the playoff game, i thought Oklahoma was going to upset them. However clemson pulled it out with the outstanding play of their Heisman runner up QB DeShaun Watson. Head Coach Dabo Swinney who has been at Clemson for a long time, and has a chance to do something that has not been done since the early 1980’s. Winning a national Championship, except this would be there best ever. However the mighty Crimson Tide of Alabama is in the way. Speaking of Alabama they are coming off a great Cotton Bowl win vs Michigan State. It was no contest at all here, as the Tide has its way with the Spartans. Honestly its too one side to even discuss it. The Tide was rolling with guys like Jacob Coker, Kenyan Drake, and Heisman trophy winner Derrick Henry. The Defense of the Tide (may be the best in a long time) will need to have there way with DeShaun Watson in order to get a national championship for the 1st time since 2012. I believe Alabama will be able to contain Clemson. However if they get into a scoring shootout with Clemson, they will need to have there ducks in a row. It wont be easy for the Tide, however plan yourself a long game as there will be a lot of scoring in this contest. My pick: Alabama barely edging out Clemson win there 16th national championship. Think about the shirts now: 16 championships in 16′ (just an idea)

My NFL Regular Season Finale Picks for the 2015 season (week 17)

My NFL Regular Season Finale Picks for the 2015 season (week 17)

This NFL season has truly been one of the best in years. Teams left and right having good seasons from all divisions, except for a couple in the AFC South and NFC East. At one point there were 5 teams that went undefeated around late October. All have lost at some point with the latest from the Carolina Panthers. Before I get to the picks, I have to get to a few notes from around the league. Chip Kelly no longer coaches the Philadelphia Eagles, even though he went 26-21 with one division title. Johnny Manziel continues to be a troublemaker, with another video that has surfaced. Also he got con-cuss vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, and didn’t know it. The futures for the Chargers, Raiders, and Rams will be decided soon as there cities are trying for one last effort to hang on to them. I give them a punchers chance as the battle for Los Angeles (or elsewhere) continues into the off season. This is the week for which coaches are either safe, or on the hot seat? The playoff picture is just about complete; with a couple of spots remain in the AFC. The Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers are barely alive for now. It should settle by mid afternoon in both the AFC South and the other wild card spots. The NFC is done, but the seeding is still to be determined. Here is now the update on my picks, as I am still in pursuit of 150 wins. I went 7-9 in week 16, and for the season I am 141-99. It looks like I could reach 100 losses for the 1st time ever, and could get 150 wins in the same season. Here is my week 17 picks:

Early Sunday:

Patriots over Dolphins
Jets over Bills
Bengals over Ravens
Steelers over Browns
Texans over Jaguars
Colts over Titans
Giants over Eagles
Lions over Bears
Falcons over Saints
Redskins over Cowboys

Late Sunday:

49ers over Rams
Chiefs over Raiders
Panthers over Buccaneers
Cardinals over Seahawks
Broncos over Chargers

Sunday Night:

Packers over Vikings

There you have it my NFL picks are in and that will do it for the regular season. We will see you in the playoffs!!