Very unbelievable, the 2011 NBA playoffs is the most cliffhanger ever I have seen since the 2007 NBA playoffs. As my recall back in the 2007 NBA playoffs, I picked the then-defending NBA champion Miami Heat and league-best 67-win Dallas Mavericks to return to the NBA Finals. Both were quickly eliminated from the first round playoffs.
Now, my top four NBA teams (two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, defending East champion Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic and West-leading San Antonio Spurs) were stunningly eliminated from the first two rounds of the 2011 NBA playoffs. Entering the conference finals and upcoming NBA Finals, there are five teams left with the Game 7 of the West Semifinals between Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies. The Thunder-Grizzlies Game 7 is being played on ABC right now.
Eastern Conference Finals
1. Chicago Bulls (62-20) vs. 2. Miami Heat (58-24)
Most of the NBA experts predict that the Heat is now favorites to win the East Final series. Honestly, although I am rooting for the Bulls, I agree with the NBA experts' predictions that the Heat will most likely win the East Finals to advance to the first NBA Finals in five years. Yuck! Go Bulls bumping the evil Heat's Big Three and Company in laughter!!! Of course, I always despise Dwyane Wade so much because of his egos!
However, on the other side, supposed Rajon Rondo was healthy without an elbow injury AND Celtics had not sent Kendrick Perkins to the Thunder in mid-February, then the Celtics would definitely have won the series over the Heat in 5 or 6 games. They could have advanced to the third NBA Finals in the last four seasons.
Western Conference Finals
3. Dallas Mavericks (57-25) vs. 4. Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27)/8. Memphis Grizzlies (46-36) winner
I am rooting against the Mavericks because they embarrassingly humiliated my Lakers in the West Semifinals! Of course, I am still MAD at them for killing my Lakers! However, I don't see that either of the Thunder and Grizzlies will get past the Mavericks. Based on the veteran experiences, I know that that Mavs most likely will win the West Finals in 4 or 5 games to advance to the second NBA Finals in the franchise history. Both Thunder and Grizzlies have a lot of players younger than 25 years of age.
Both Bulls and Heat have better overall records than the Mavericks' record. With homecourt advantage, either Bulls or Heat will most likely win the NBA Finals. (More than 75% of the home teams have won the NBA Finals.) The Bulls already have six NBA titles; Heat has one in 2006. Why not Mavs should win the first NBA championship in the franchise history? And it is the Mavs' time to take its REVENGE on the most evil Heat team by beating them to win its first NBA championship! Go Mavs killing the evil and egoistic Heat for its first NBA title!!!!!