Nostra-Dan-us’ Way Too Early 2020 NBA Playoff Predictions

Yeah, I broke my crystal ball, but it never really worked in the first place

If you’ve been following my writing, you’d know that last year I incorrectly predicted the Golden State Warriors to three-peat as NBA champions. Not just once, but twice; Therefore, I really have no business trying to do this a second time.

But, I did correctly nail the Eastern Conference semi-final matchups, and I even predicted that the Raptors would beat the 76ers in seven games.

Plus, writing this piece is just too much damn fun.

So, call me now, readers, as I, Nostra-Dan-us, gaze into this murky crystal ball of mine. This now cracked, and spotted crystal ball, that no matter how many times I wash it in my kitchen sink, it just will not get clear! Maybe if I did the dishes first?

Follow me and my predictions, all the way into the NBA playoffs!

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Why Team USA Will Lose the FIBA World Cup

Every hoop head on God’s green Earth is expecting Team USA to take the gold in the upcoming FIBA World Cup tournament beginning August 31st. Don’t count me as one of them.

Everyone can remember when mighty Team USA – stacked to the gills with NBA talent – were shocked in the 2004 Olympic basketball semi-finals by Argentina.

In hindsight, maybe it shouldn’t have been such a surprise. Argentina was truly a talented team, who touted NBA talent of their own in Luis Scola, Fabricio Oberto, Andres Nocioni, and of course Manu Ginobili (arguably the best player in the entire tournament).

The popular narrative wove at the time was that the United States was so dominant at basketball, that any twelve NBA players could be grouped together to win gold at the tournament. After their colossal failure, it was argued that Team USA didn’t have the shooting, nor the top-tier NBA talent necessary to win at the global level.

People always point to this experience as the turning point in which Team USA learned from this lesson, and came back better than ever in the 2008 Olympics, with the Redeem Team. But, they actually got their asses handed to them once more in the 2006 FIBA World Cup semi-finals, this time by Greece:

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The NBA Landscape: Basketball Paradise or Just Another Wasteland? (Part 1)

Where does your team play?

I have heard some opinions of the NBA’s upcoming season, and the most overwhelming opinion is that the league finally has some parity. There will finally be a season in which multiple teams have a chance to compete for a championship, instead of just the same one every season (Warriors).

But is that the case? I decided to dig a little deeper into each NBA franchise, to discover just how many actual basketball paradises exist in today’s NBA, in comparison to the death rattles heard from still way too many basketball wastelands.

What exactly is a basketball paradise? It’s a city in which professional basketball will be most enjoyed. A city in which the audience is benefiting from exclusive VIP treatment and pampering from the league.

A wasteland is exactly how it sounds. The NBA and it’s audience have forgotten all about you and your basketball team. All that remains in this bitter desert of pain and despair is your skeleton covered in dust and wearing your favorite player’s jersey.

I’ll also be determining which teams are mediocre. You don’t want to be this either.

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