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NBA Playoffs Recap and Schedule

This post probably isn’t as timely as it should be, but it’s mid-way through the Round 1 games and this should be a nice little recap and forecast:

 NBA Playoff Schedule:


So far in the Eastern Conference, the Bulls have taken home the W in 3 of the 4 games.  These games, for the most part have been very close in scoring.  The Pacers finally won the 4th game.  As always, Derrick Rose, point guard for the Bulls, has been the glue that holds the team together.  Hopefully his ankle sprain from last night doesn’t completely derail him and his team.

The same holds true for the Heat over the 76ers.  The second game had a 20 point lead over the Sixers.   The Sixers just don’t have the skill and experience of Wade, Bosch and James.

The Celtics crushed the Knicks in four games; therefore they have won the series and are moving on in the tournament. Boston is gunning for the championships that they feel they were robbed of last year.

The Hawks and the Magic are very evenly matched.  Atlanta narrowly beat out Orlando in 3 of the four games.  The Magic just put too much stock in Dwight Howard, while the Hawks seem to be a more rounded team.

Chicago vs. Indiana

Game 1 - Chicago 104, Indiana 99
Game 2 - Chicago 96, Indiana 90
Game 3 - Chicago 88, Indiana 84
Game 4 - Indiana 89, Chicago 84
Game 5 - Tue April 26, Indiana at Chicago, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Chicago at Indiana, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Indiana at Chicago, TBD, TNT

Miami vs. Philadelphia

Game 1 - Miami 97, Philadelphia 89
Game 2 - Miami 94, Philadelphia 73
Game 3 - Miami 100, Philadelphia 94
Game 4 - Philadelphia 86, Miami 82
Game 5 - Wed April 27, Philadelphia at Miami, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Miami at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Philadelphia at Miami, TBD, TBD

Boston vs. New York

Game 1 - Boston 87, New York 85
Game 2 - Boston 96, New York 93
Game 3 - Boston 113, New York 96
Game 4 - Boston 101, New York 89
Celtics win series 4-0

Orlando vs. Atlanta

Game 1 - Atlanta 103, Orlando 93
Game 2 - Orlando 88, Atlanta 82
Game 3 - Atlanta 88, Orlando 84
Game 4 - Atlanta 88, Orlando 85
Game 5 - Tue April 26, Atlanta at Orlando, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Orlando at Atlanta, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Atlanta at Orlando, TBD, TNT




In the Western Conference, the Spurs have lost one of three games about the Grizzlies.  Zach Randolph and Mike Conley of the Grizzlies drove to the basket and kept Memphis ahead, and suddenly the Grizzlies are looking quite good to take the series.  They are forcing the Spurs to look inexperienced and sloppy.  Their next appearance is tonight.

The Lakers and Hornets are neck and neck.  The games have averaged about 10 points between the winners and losers.  Chris Paul of the Hornets is most definitely the best all-around point guard in the NBA; he has the skill to change games on his own.  This is an interesting series!

The Trailblazers finally decided to show up to the game for the last two games.  They’re willing to give the Mavericks a run for their money.  Tonight’s game should be excellent.

The OKC Thunder is the little team that could.  They might not have the history to back up their team like the Bulls, Lakers or Celtics, but they’re not messing around either.

San Antonio vs. Memphis

Game 1 - Memphis 101, San Antonio 98
Game 2 - San Antonio 93, Memphis 87
Game 3 - Memphis 91, San Antonio 88
Game 4 - Mon April 25, San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 - Wed April 27, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, San Antonio at Memphis, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TBD

L.A. Lakers vs. New Orleans

Game 1 - New Orleans 109, L.A. Lakers 100
Game 2 - L.A. Lakers 87, New Orleans 78
Game 3 - L.A. Lakers 100, New Orleans 86
Game 4 - New Orleans 93, L.A. Lakers 88
Game 5 - Tue April 26, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 6 - Thu April 28, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TNT

Dallas vs. Portland

Game 1 - Dallas 89, Portland 81
Game 2 - Dallas 101, Portland 89
Game 3 - Portland 97, Dallas 92
Game 4 - Portland 84, Dallas 82
Game 5 - Mon April 25, Portland at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 6 - Thu April 28, Dallas at Portland, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Portland at Dallas, TBD, TNT

Oklahoma City vs. Denver

Game 1 - Oklahoma City 107, Denver 103
Game 2 - Oklahoma City 106, Denver 89
Game 3 - Oklahoma City 97, Denver 94
Game 4 - Mon April 25, Oklahoma City at Denver, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Wed April 27, Denver at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Oklahoma City at Denver, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Denver at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD

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2010-11 NBA Western Conference Northwest Division Preview

Oklahoma City Thunder  Tickets

Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder will be looking to take their game to the next level this season!

The NBA’s Western Conference, Northeast Division has to be considered one of the best with 4 of the 5 teams likely headed to the playoffs once again.  The Kevin Durant led OKC Thunder, will likely lead the pack but will be challenged by the Denver Nuggets (if Carmelo stays) and a young Portland Trail Blazer team.  Even the dependable Utah Jazz could end up winning this division.

#1 Oklahoma City Thunder

Additions: Cole Aldrich, Morris Peterson, Daequan Cook

Subtractions: Etan Thomas

The Oklahoma City Thunder seemingly came out of nowhere last year and be a dominant force in the NBA.  Kevin Durant is a beast and will only get better.  Fans in OKC are also excited to see what young talented players like Serge Ibaka and James Harden can bring to the table with increased minutes.

Ticket Demand:  B

The OKC Thunder are an exciting young team with a NBA superstar in Kevin Durant.  Ticket demand would be an A+ is this team was in a major market that had a history with the NBA.  Be that as it may, OKC fans should be intrigued by this team.

#2 Denver Nuggets

Additions: Al Harrington, Shelden Williams

Subtractions: Malik Allen, Joey Graham, Johan Petro

As long as Carmelo Anthony is still a member, the Denver Nuggets will be one of the top teams in the Western Conference.  Along with “melo, the Nuggets also have solid pieces in place with Nene, Harrington, and Chauncey Billups.  That said, the core of this team is not getting any younger and are likely on the decline.

Ticket Demand:  B+

The Nuggets have one of the most exciting players in the NBA in Carmelo Anthony (for the time being) but Denver is not exactly the best basketball market.

#3 Portland Trail Blazers

Additions: Wesley Matthews

Subtractions: Juwan Howard, Martell Webster, Luke Babbitt, Armon Johnson

The Portland Trail Blazers could be one of the teams that improve the most this season.  They have one of the best guards in the NBA with Brandon Roy to go along with a stellar power forward in LaMarcus Aldridge.  If Greg Oden can stay healthy and live up to his enormous potential, the NBA Finals are not out of the question.

Ticket Demand:  B+

The Trail Blazers have a young and exciting team in a fairly large market. If the Blazers take a step forward this year as we expect, tickets could be in big demand.

#4 Utah Jazz

Additions: Al Jefferson, Raja Bell, Francisco Elson

Subtractions: Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews, Kosta Koufos

It seems the Utah Jazz lose key players year after year but somehow Jerry Sloan keeps putting together playoff caliber teams.  Sloan should once again be able to surround Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko with a solid support casting that will once again be consistently good.

Ticket Demand:  B-

The Utah Jazz have perhaps the best point guard in the game with Deron Williams but Salt Lake City is a subpar basketball market and are not expected to contend for a NBA title.

#5 Minnesota Timberwolves

Additions:  Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley, Martell Webster, Luke Ridnour

Subtractions: Ramon Sessions, Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes

The Timberwolves have been cellar dwellars since Kevin Garnett left the team and its hard to imagine things changing much this season.  That said, the Timberwolves acquired former 1st round pick Michael Beasley and if he ever turns out to be the player everyone thought he could be they future might be just a little brighter.  Apparently has cleaned up his act and is more focused – only time will tell.

Ticket Demand:  C+

Minnesota hasn’t had much to be excited about in some time and that is clearly reflected in their ticket demand.  If Beasley can become a star, things might look up a bit but the Timberwolves will have a hard time giving away tickets.

2010-11 NBA Eastern Conference Atlantic Division Preview

Amare Stoudamire New York Knicks

Amare Stoudamire and the New York Knicks will be looking to Challenge an aging Boston Celtics Team.

In part 3 of our 2010 NBA season preview we will be taking a look at the Atlantic Division. Unlike the other divisions in the Eastern Conference, the Atlantic is pretty much up for grabs.  While the Boston Celtics are certainly still the cream of the crop they are aging fast with Garnett, Pierce, and Allen all getting a little long in the tooth.  After the Celtics, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will step up and challenge them.  The New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, and New York Knicks all looked improved but neither of them are likely to put much of a scare into any team.  However, if the aging Celtics take a step backwards Amare Stoudamire and the new look Knicks might just be ready to fill the void.

#1 Boston Celtics

Key Additions: Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal, Von Wafer, Delonte West

Key Subtractions: Tony Allen, Shelden Williams

The Celtics cornered the market on the O’Neal’s this summer by acquiring both Shaquille and Jermaine.  While both players have seen better days, the combination will allow them to split minutes and stay fresh all season long.  The Celtics made the NBA Finals last season and should be an improved team if they can stay healthy with 2 legitimate big men on the team.  If they do stay healthy they could give the Miami Heat a run for their money come the post-season.

Ticket Demand:  A-

The Boston Celtics have a great team, play in a great sports market, and have some of the biggest names in the NBA on their roster.  That said, the teams age and anticipated decline is likely to leave fans complacent.

#2 New York Knicks

Key Additions:  Amar’e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike, Ronny Turiaf, Roger Mason Jr.,Landry Fields

Key Subtractions: David Lee

The 2010-11 version of the New York Knicks is virtually unrecognizable from their 2009-10 version.  Although the Knicks failed to land one of the elite free agents, they did scoop up Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton.

Ticket Demand:  B+

The New York Knicks have one of the best fan bases in the NBA but lack of recent success has limited their ticket demand.  The Knicks should once again be competitive which means ticket interest should rise- especially for games against the Lakers, Celtics, and Heat.

#3 New Jersey Nets

Key Additions:  Travis Outlaw, Troy Murphy, Derrick Favors, Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow

Key Subtractions: Yi Jianlian, Courtney Lee, Chris Douglas-Roberts

The New Jersey Nets were absolutely terrible last year going just 12-70.  However the Nets core players are pretty solid with Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, and Brooke Lopez.  If Derrick Favors can develop into half of what Dwight Howard is this team might surprise some people and be a bubble playoff team.  If they can swing the deal to get Carmelo Anthony this team could be really dangerous!

Ticket Demand:  B-

The new Knick ownership group and vastly improved team should generate some buzz.  Should the Nets land Carmelo Anthony, Nets ticket will be in big time demand.

#4 Philadelphia 76ers

Key Additions:  Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, Andres Nocioni

Key Subtractions: Samuel Dalembert, Willie Green, Rodney Carney

Some prognosticators are excited for this years 76ers team but not me.  While they have a solid head coach in Doug Collins, much of the optimism stems from rookie Evan Turner.  Many predict Turner will contend for rookie of the year honors.  While the 76ers are certainly a young and upcoming team, don’t expect them to push for a playoff spot just yet.

Ticket Demand:  C+

The 76ers fans certainly have more to be excited about this year with top pick Evan Turner bring his game to Philly but they still have a ways to go before they become a top ticket draw.

#5 Toronto Raptors

Key Additions:  Leandro Barbosa, Linas Kleiza, Julian Wright

Key Subtractions: Chris Bosh, Hedo Turkoglu, Antoine Wright

With Chris Bosh leaving and moving to Miami there is not much to be excited about for Toronto Raptors fans.  Is there anyone out there that can name any starters outside of Andrea Bargnani without cheating?

Ticket Demand:  D

Toronto has never been a big basketball city and you can’t expect that to change with no marketable players or identity.  This team will likely be on the 5 year lottery plan!

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2010-11 NBA East Southeast Division Preview

Disocunt Orlando Magic TicketsIn part 2 of our 2010 NBA Preview we will be taking a look at the NBA Eastern Conference Southeast Division. This is no doubt one of the best conferences in the NBA loaded with good young talent and mega-superstars.  Not only do you have the Miami Heat stacked with Lebron, Wade, and Bosh, but you also have strong Orlando Magic and  Atlanta Hawks teams.

#1.  Miami Heat

Additions:  Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Eddie House, Mike Miller, Juwan Howard

Subtractions:  Quentin Richardson, Jermaine O’Neal, and Michael Beasley

Overview:  The Miami Heat are the easy favorites to win the NBA title with the addition of Lebron James and Chris Bosh to Dwayne Wade’s team.  There are certainly questions about the rest of the Heat team and who will be the “Man” but any team with 3 legitimate superstars will be sure to contend for a title.  With every fan and NBA team gunning for them it should make for an interesting season.

Ticket Demand:   A+++

Although the Miami Heat are not in the greatest sports market, the presence of Lebron James and Chris Bosh with Wade has generated a tremendous amount of buzz.  Combine the star power with the fact that this team will likely contend for a NBA title and ticket demand can’t be any greater.

#2.  Orlando Magic

Additions:  Quentin Richardson, Chris Duhon, Daniel Orton

Subtractions:  Matt Barnes

Overview:  With all the hoopla surrounding the Miami Heat this season many people are forgetting about the talented team in Orlando.  The Magic also have star power in Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, and Vince Carter. The defending Southeast champs they will not hand over the crown easily.

Ticket Demand:   B+

Although Florida’s attention to basketball will be focused on Miami, fans in Orlando are excited about their chances as well.  Ticket demand for games against Miami should be huge!

#3.  Atlanta Hawks

Additions:  Josh Powell, Jordan Crawford

Subtractions:  None

Overview:  If you think the Orlando Magic are getting no respect in the Eastern Conference, have a look at the Atlanta Hawks.  The Hawks won 53 games last season and finished behind only the Cavs, who lost Lebron, and the Orlando Magic.  Joe Johnson and Josh Smith are back with a team that lost no one from last year and hope to build upon last year’s impressive season.

Ticket Demand:   B+

The NBA market in Atlanta is strong and with a solid team and marketable players like Joe Johnson and Josh Smith, ticket demand will be strong.

#4.  Washington Wizards

Additions:  John Wall, Kirk Hinrich, Trevor Booker, Yi Jianlian

Subtractions:  Randy Foye, Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller

Overview:  There is a lot of hype surrounding rookie John Wall and this team could be surprisingly good if Gilbert Arenas can adjust to being a shooting guard.  Expect some growing pains this season especially in a tough South East conference with several games against tough Miami, Orlando, and Atlanta teams

Ticket Demand:   B-

The Washington DC area is a strong sports market but interest has been low since the failed Jordan era ended.  Rookie John Wall will bring some excitement back to the Wizards franchise but they are likely a few years away from being a significant threat in the East.

#5.  Charlotte Bobcats

Additions:  Tyrus Thomas, Shaun Livingston, Matt Carroll, Eduardo Najera, Kwame Brown

Subtractions:  Raymond Felton, Tyson Chandler, Alexis Ajinca, Theo Ratliff

Overview:  When the most talked about player on the Bobcats squad is Chicago Bulls cast off Tyrus Thomas, you know you have problems. Bobcats fans will be looking for another lottery pick next summer.

Ticket Demand:   D+

North Carolina is certain a state with strong ties to basketball but this teams leaves little for fans to be excited about.  With no superstar players, a dismal team, and mediocre market, ticket demand for Bobcats games is expected to be low.

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2010-11 NBA East Central Division Preview

Derek Rose and Joakim Noah

Derek Rose and Joakim Noah will look to led the Bulls to their first Central Division title since the Scottie Pippen era.

This time of year most sports fans and ticket brokers alike have their focus set on College and NFL football.  However, both the NBA and NHL are gearing up for the start of the 2010-11 seasons and now is when you should be paying attention to what is going on in these sports and getting ahead of the game.  In the next few days we will break down each division in both the NBA and NHL and not only rank the teams by expected finish but also in the level of ticket demand they generate.

In the first installment of our 6 part series, we will be breaking down the NBA Eastern Conference Central Division.  Perhaps no other Division in the NBA was as shaken up by Lebron-gate as the NBA Central.  With Lebron and the Cavs out of the way, Derek Rose and the Chicago Bulls are the heavy favorites.

#1.  Chicago Bulls

Additions:  Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer

Subtractions:  Brad Miller, Kirk Hinrich

Overview: The Chicago Bulls have been a young upcoming team for the past couple of years but have failed to go deep into the playoffs.  The addition of Carlos Boozer to a mix of young superstars like Derek Rose and Joakim Noah make the Bulls a legitimate contender to go to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.  New head coach and defensive guru Tom Thibodeau will be looking to a young Bulls team to take the next step forward.  While they may not have the talent to contend with Boston or Miami, without Lebron James and the Cavs in the way, the Bulls should coast to a Central Division title.

Ticket Demand:   A

The Chicago Bulls are in one of the largest markets, have a playoff caliber team, and have a young budding superstar in Derek Rose.  Chicago Bulls tickets should be in constant demand throughout the season.

#2.  Milwaukee Bucks

Additions:  Corey Maggette, Drew Gooden, Larry Sanders, Chris Douglas-Roberts

Subtractions:  Charlie Bell, Luke Ridnour, Dan Gadzuric

Overview: The Milwaukee Bucks are another young exciting team and the addition of solid veterans in Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden should only make them better.  If Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings can develop under Scott Skiles, the Bucks could end up surprising a lot of people.  Although they are unlikely to challenge the Bulls in the Central, expect the bucks to be a bubble playoff team.

Ticket Demand:   B-

The Milwaukee Bucks are in a smaller market but do have a playoff caliber team that should generate some interest.  Without a legit superstar,  solid ticket demand will only occur against premium teams like the Lakers, Heat, Celtics, and the rival Chicago Bulls.

#3.  Cleveland Cavaliers

Additions:  No one worth mentioning

Subtractions:  Lebron James, Delonte West, Zydrunas IIgauskas, Sebastian Telfair, Shaquille O’Neal.

Overview: Without Lebron James the Cleveland Cavs certainly take a major step backwards.  However, the Cavs still have a solid core that includes Anderson Varejao, Antawn Jamison, and Mo Williams.  It’s probably safe to say that the Cavs won’t be contending for any NBA titles soon but they still could be a bubble playoff team.

Ticket Demand:   C-

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in a small market, lack any marketable superstars.  However they could have a playoff caliber team and games against the Miami Heat will certainly draw HUGE crowds of angry fans.

#4.  Detroit Pistons

Additions:  Tracy McGrady

Subtractions:  No one worth mentioning

Overview: The Pistons certainly aren’t the team they once were just a few years ago but they do still have Ben Wallace, Tayshaun Prince, and Rip Hamilton  still in place.  If Tracy McGrady can find some gas left in the tank and Ben Gordon can turn things around they could be a surprisingly good team.

Ticket Demand:   D

Piston tickets will likely be hard to give away.  The Detroit Pistons are in a small market with a terrible economy, lack any marketable superstars, and are in a decline.  If the team is healthy and Tracy McGrady returns as a superstar, ticket interest may increase slightly.

#5  Indiana Pacers

Additions:  Darren Collison, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, James Posey

Subtractions:  Troy Murphy, Earl Watson

Overview: About the only thing the Pacers have going for them is Larry Bird and Tyler Hansbrough.  Unfortunately neither of them can do much to save the Pacers from the NBA cellar.  With a starting lineup that is likely to include Roy Hibbert, Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger, Mike Dunleavy, and Darren Collison it’s hard to find much room for optimism.

Ticket Demand:   D-

Another small market with a crappy team and no superstar attraction will provide very little fan interest.

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