Double K’s Take: NBA Playoff Seeding (Western Conference) an early looks…

                                                                                                  So with the season literally only weeks away from being over I am going to take a look at where I think the top 2 seeds in the Western Conference are going to finish and which of 4 teams I think is likely to make a late run and ending up landing the 8 spot. Finally I will look at the potential 1st round match-up for the Warriors no matter what seed they finish at. So let’s begin with the current 1 and 2 seeds and where they will land…



Current #1 Seed Golden State Warriors (46-11, 24-2 HM, 22-9 RD, and 27-7 CNF): The Warriors have been hot all season including a 18 Game winning streak early. Can they continue their hot ways and ride into the playoffs as a 60+ win team? I don’t know I think the team may cap out at about 59 wins. They have been struggling with teams as of late and playing sloppy at times. Bottom-line though I think that the Dubs will finish strong and fend off the Grizzlies and keep the top spot…

Finish: #1 Seed in the playoffs with Home Court advantage throughout…


Current #2 Seed Memphis Grizzlies (42-16, 23-6 HM, 19-10 RD, and 26-11 CNF): The Grizzlies are a team with 2 faces the reason why I say this is because of the stats. At home they are a beast amassing a 23-6 record on their home court. Away from Memphis they are 19-10 which tells me that they struggle a bit with teams away from home. The Warriors can say the same thing but to a less drastic extent. The Grizzlies are a strong candidate to overtake the Warriors should they slide. But I just don’t think that the Warriors are going to Slide…

Finish:  #2 Seed in the Playoffs with Home Court advantage throughout…

                                                                                                     Now for the infamous 8 seed as it stands there are 4 teams that are viable to end up in the 8 seed. The Spurs if the slide and OKC surges at the right time. The current holder the Thunder if they stay put with the Pelicans (1/2GB) and Suns (1 1/2GB) hot on their tail. Now we take a look at who will most likely go home with the 8 seed…


Current #8 Seed Oklahoma City Thunder (32-27, 19-8 HM, 13-19 RD, and 18-19 CNF): The Thunder have been without their All Star forward Kevin Durant for a couple of weeks now. It looks like they are going to be without him for a couple of more. Their star PG Russell Westbrook just went ballistic during the month of February. But he will start March on the disabled list as he is out with a fractured bone in his face. Even with all of this I still think that the Thunder can end up the 8 seed they will do enough to keep winning and hope that they have a healthy team for the matchup against Golden State in the 1st round…

 Finish: In 8 Seed and facing GS in the 1st Round…


 Current #9 Seed New Orleans Pelicans (31-27, 20-10 HM, 11-17 RD, and 19-14 CNF): The Pelicans were another team with a lot of promise for this season. For the most part they lived up to that promise as early on they were considered one of the top 6 teams in the league and a lock for the playoffs. All of that changed when their big guy Anthony Davis went down that changed a lot of things. So without the big man for a significant amount of time the Pelicans will be unable to sneak in and grab that 8 spot away from the Thunder. They may even slip a spot to number 10…

 Finish: In 10 seed and out of the playoffs…


Current #10 Seed Phoenix Suns (31-29, 17-13 HM, 14-16 RD, and 16-21 CNF): Finally it comes down to the Suns who have seemed to get better by the “addition by subtraction” method. They relieved themselves of the ego that was Goran Dragic and didn’t really get much to help now for him. But I think that this team will gel late and make a run at the 8 seed but alas the highest I see them climbing is the 9 seed just above the Pelicans…

 Finish: In 9 seed and out of the playoffs…

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