Welcome to the Truda Report everybody. Just like yesterday, I will be giving my picks for today's games, as well as the entire series. To express your opinion or request a new topic either follow me on Instagram @thetrudareport or email me at email@example.com
Atlanta Hawks @ Washington Wizards:
I really like this match-up and I think this will be a fun series to watch, but I only see it going 6 games. I'm high on the Wizards this year, mostly due to Bradly Beal's development into an impressive number 2 option alongside John Wall, who I think would have been MVP if Westbrook and Harden didn't decide to shatter every record in existence. I'm taking the Wizards in Game 1, and I expect them to protect their home court for the entire series.
Portland Trailblazers @ Golden State Warriors:
Damian Lillard said he expects the Blazers to win in 6. I'm taking the Warriors in 5. I love Lillard, but nobody else on that team poses a real threat to the Warriors. Game 1 goes to the Warriors, and depending on how the first two games play out, I think the Blazers win will come in either the 3rd or 4th games.
Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics:
Here's a quick disclaimer: I'm a HUGE Bulls fan. Here's another one: I love the Celtics too. This series is a win-win for me because whoever is victorious I can keep backing for the rest of the Playoffs. I think this is going to be a really competitive match-up lasting all 7 games. Even though the Bulls have been super inconsistent this year, the Championship experience that Rajon Rondo and Dwayne Wade bring along with Jimmy Butlers star power is missing in the Celtics. Wade alone has more Playoff minutes logged than the entire Celtics roster. I think in the end the Celtics come out on top, but I plan on each game being a battle. In the Game 1, I'm calling upset with the Bulls opening up with a win. I think if Jimmy Butler can neutralize Isaiah Thomas and Robin Lopez can get more than 10 rebounds, this game goes Bulls.
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets:
This is the match-up everyone has been waiting for. Westbrook vs. Harden. MVP vs. MVP. I think that the one on one match-up of these two players is going to be incredible and the best basketball we see in the first round of the Playoffs, but I don't expect the series to last more than 6 games. I want to say it only goes 5, but the "live by the 3 die by the 3" mentality may backfire in more than one game for the Rockets. In the end though, I'm taking Houston in 6. I'm also taking the Rockets in Game 1, just because they have home court advantage. Expect this to be a fun series.
High School Senior from Connecticut obsessed with sports stats, facts, and management.