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Revisiting my NBA Playoff Predictions

Revisiting my NBA Playoff Predictions

Now that we are potentially one game away from the conclusion of the 2018 NBA Playoffs, I feel it is as good of a time as any to review my predictions on how I thought these playoffs would play out. Here were my picks:

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I attempted to remove myself emotionally from these predictions and tried to be as unbiased as possible. Rather than picking what I wanted to happen, I really tried to predict what I thought would happen. Picking with your head instead of your heart is crucial if your goal is accuracy. I think I did a fairly good job of this and some proof of that is that I picked my favorite team in the playoffs, the Toronto Raptors, to lose in 5 games in the second round despite having the best regular season record in the Eastern Conference. This turned out to be one of my more accurate predictions.

I predicted the winner of 5/8 first round matchups correctly and predicted 2 of those matchups perfectly (correctly guessed the winner and number of games). Only one of my predicted conference semifinals picks was correct (Cleveland vs. Toronto). I had one team picked correctly in each conference final. I had one finals team picked correctly, though the team I had them facing in said hypothetical finals was eliminated in the first round. Overall, I would say my picks were not great. Hopefully, the Cavaliers can rattle off 4 straight wins and make it so my champion pick was correct. However, a team coming back from 3-0 down to win a series has never happened in the whole of NBA history. If they lose, there's always next year!

What do you think of my picks? Let me know how well your predictions panned out. I want to know!

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