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NBA Conference Finals Predictions

East Winner: Cavaliers in 7

As well as Boston has played, it’s simply hard to bet against LeBron. People betted on him against the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors, so the Boston Celtics are hard to completely go hard. Not saying, they can’t do it. But one thing to we should know: don’t count out the King.

 

West Winner: Warriors in 6

This should be a great conference finals. Alot of 3’s , alot of scoring and alot of running. With that being said, the Warriors have 4 all-stars , and the Rockets 2 all-stars will need to have amazing run in order to dethrone the champs. This should be a really close and entertaining series.

 

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NBA Award Predictions

As the regular season winds down, it’s time to predict the NBA regular season awards. Here are our predictions:

Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons

While the race has mainly been between Simmons and Mitchel (along with Jayson Tatum and Lauri Markkanen), we believe the late season push by Simmons has separated him from the pack. Averaging a triple-double during their 14-game win streak, Simmons has proven to be a great rookie and a future all-star.

Most Valuable Player: James Harden

The time has finally come for Harden to win this award. He’s finished top 5 in MVP voting the past 3 – 4 years, and it seems to have motivated him to only get better. This year, he’s been the best player on the best team record wise. Although LeBron James has been nothing short of spectacular, we believe this will be James’ time.

Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert

Rudy has done it before and can do it again. Being one of the biggest defensive forces in the league night in and night out, we see him winning this award again.

Sixth Man of the Year: Lou Williams

Williams has had one heck of a year. Averaging a career high 22 ppg and just over 5 assist while coming off the bench, this is a no brainer.

Most Improved Player of the Year: Victor Oladipo

No one saw this one coming before the start of the season. Oladipo improved his game tremendously. Hitting career highs in ppg, assist, and rebounds, Oladipo proved he can be the lead man on a winning team. In addition, he lead the league in steals, averaging 2.5 steals per game.

Coach of the Year: Dwane Casey

Toronto has had great regular seasons the past few years, and Dwane Casey is one of the reasons why. He has the best scoring bench in the league, which has helped Toronto earn the number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. With the depth that they have, look for Toronto to make a deep run in the playoffs.

 

 

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The impact of sports design

Two words: Sports Design. We see them on Instagram, Facebook, everywhere on social media honestly. Sports Edits of many players are made by graphic designers all around the world. Graphic designs have become so popular that even some professional teams have created art pages. Teams such as Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors have art pages due to the major popularity of the graphic edits.

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People make names for themselves because of their edits. Some edit pages become very popular because users may like the style that a designer uses. In addition, some edits include players that have on a different team’s jersey, which creates hypothetical scenarios for fans to debate.

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With the new wave on social media, even companies such as Champs and BleacheRreport are hiring popular designers to design post for them. While sports design may seem like a “trend”, it’s probably not going away anytime soon.

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NBA All-Star Saturday Night Predictions

Tonight will arguably be the most anticipated night during the NBA All-star weekend. Tonight’s events include: The Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the JBL Three-Point Contest, and the Verizon Slam Dunk contest.  Below are our predictions of tonight’s winners:

Taco Bell Skills Challenge Winner: Lauri Markkanen 

Markkanen has the skills to win this event, as this event has two important aspects: efficiency and time. Being a  rookie, we believe he will perform with something to prove.

JBL Three-Point Contest Winner: Wayne Ellington

In this star-studded contest, Ellington is not the first person that comes to mind with the likes of Klay Thompson, Eric Gordon, and Bradley Beal in the mix. However, Ellington is having a career year in points in which most of them come from 3’s. He has lit it up in multiple games this year, proving he is more than capable of winning this contest.

Verizon Slam Dunk contest Winner: Larry Nance Jr.

With Dennis Smith , Donavan Mitchell, and Victor Oladipo in the mix, this should make to be an interesting dunk contest. With that being said, we believe that Larry Nance has the highest bounce of the bunch which might give him the best chance to pull of some amazing dunks.

 

Here are our predictions, let us know what you think.