NBA Finals Predictions Round-up - Who Ya Got, Heat or Spurs?

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NBA Finals Roundup

After seven long months, the NBA season has finally reached its epic conclusion with the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs battling it out to be crowned champion. It is a rematch of last year's NBA Finals, which turned out to be one of the all-time great series. Hopefully, this year turns out to be more of the same. I decided to round-up some the predictions from so-called "experts" to see who they thought would win. Oh, and I also threw in some other predictions as well.

ESPN.com San Antonio Spurs Using its prediction engine called "ESPN Forecast", the Worldwide Leader has chosen the Spurs. As we all know, ESPN has never been wrong.
Sports Illustrated San Antonio Spurs Another panel of experts for the Spurs (four of the six experts, at least).
TNT "Inside the NBA" Miami Heat How about an actual panel of previous NBA players? They seem to be leaning towards the Heat.
USA Today Split For the most part, USA Today seems to really represent the majority of those picking, split down the middle with a great case for both teams.
AccuScore San Antonio Spurs Accuscore simulates the series thousands of times to predict the outcome, and they have actually had a pretty good track record.
Vegas Oddsmakers San Antonio Spurs I'm always amazed at the people who set the betting lines in Vegas on how accurate they turn out to be. So, I'm probably trusting this prediction the most.
Flip of a Coin Miami Heat Of course, flipping a coin is the decisive way to decide something that is seemingly even matched and it has the Heat winning.
Rock-Paper-Scissors San Antonio Spurs Although some would argue that a game of RPS is a better way to decide a winner.
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe Miami Heat That being said, when you were a kid, EVERYTHING was decided with eeny, meeny, miny, moe.
Pick A Name From A Hat San Antonio Spurs Ok, well let's just pick a name out of a hat and be done with it. The Spurs are the choice.

Final Prediction: Who knows. This should be another great series between two great teams. Enjoy the series everybody!

What People Are Talking About

This week we have a diverse list of things people are talking about. The Miami Heat clinch the NBA® title again, there's some homestate pride in the Miss USA pageant, as well as a cringe moment for another contestant, and the official trailer for Anchorman 2 was released.

Miami Heat wins second NBA title in a row

The NBA® Finals came to a striking end last night with the Miami Heat claiming their second straight title, this year against the San Antonio Spurs. After a game characterized by back and forth leads between the two teams, a missed shot by the Spurs' Tim Duncan and a well-placed jumper by LeBron James in the final seconds put the game out of the Spurs' reach. So King James and the Heat get two in a row. Now the question on everyone's minds surely is: can the Heat make it a third next year? If so, they'll be the first team to do it since the LA Lakers in 2002. It'll likely be elusive, however, as not even the mighty Lakers could achieve it again after winning the 2009 and 2010 games, because they didn't make it to the finals in 2011. Of course, if the Heat even make it to the finals next year, that'll be a story all it's own. The last team to play in more than three consecutive finals (the Heat also played in 2011) was the Lakers from 1982 to 1985.

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It seemed like the NBA regular season just began yesterday, but it's now time to turn the page and look forward to the second season, the 2013 NBA Playoffs. With the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz still battling for the final spot in the Western Conference, today we will preview the LeBron James Conference... *cough*... I mean the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

Contenders: Miami Heat

Like I said in the title of this post, and eluded to in the previous paragraph, the NBA's Eastern Conference has been dominated by LeBron James and the defending champion Miami Heat. The Heat finished atop the standings by a dominating 12 games, finishing 65-16, which included a 27-game winning streak. LeBron James has been by far the best basketball player on the planet and will undoubtedly win his fourth NBA Most Valuable Player Award. It's hard to imagine this Heat team, which many feel is better than last year's championship team, not going back to the NBA Finals to defend their crown.

Challengers: New York Knicks, Boston Celtics

I almost put the Knicks in the contender category due to their recent play, but I don't see how they could possibly beat the Heat. For even a glimmer of a shot, it would take a monster effort from Carmelo Anthony, who will be matched up with LeBron. The X-factor for the Knicks is their three-point shooting; during the regular season, the Knicks took and made more three pointers than any other team in the league. When they catch fire they are tough to beat.

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2012 NBA Season Tip-Off: Top-Selling NBA Home Openers

You may not have noticed, but the NBA season is just a few weeks away from getting started. It feels like yesterday that I had to cringe watching LeBron James lift up the Larry O'Brien Trophy after leading the Miami Heat to the NBA title. Luckily for me (a Celtics fan) and basketball fans everywhere, the start of a new season means a fresh start for your team and another shot at the championship.

The preseason has just started getting underway this past week, but what people are truly waiting for is the beginning of the regular season and to find out when their favorite team plays in its home opener. There are a lot of great openers scheduled, so I decided to take a look at the Top 5 selling home openers on TicketNetwork.com:

#1 - New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat
November 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY

No surprise here. The biggest basketball market hosting the NBA's defending world champions. It doesn't get much bigger than that. Last year, the Heat visited Madison Square Garden three times including the playoffs, winning two of those games.

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There was a lot of big news this week, including here at TicketNetwork.com. Check out some of the highlights of what people are talking about this week:

One Million Tickets Sold!

As you may or may not have heard, this week we have been celebrating an important milestone here at TicketNetwork.com: one millions tickets sold through our marketplace! It's been a long road to the big number and we wanted to say thank you to all our customers by giving everyone a chance to win a $100 gift card to TicketNetwork.com. Click on the image at left to go to the contest page to enter. Good luck!

First Day of Summer

Yesterday, June 21, marked the first day of summer. Here in the northeast (we are located in CT), mother nature let us know it was summer, giving us triple digit temperatures. Even with the high temperatures, the beginning of summer marks the beginning of the fun season, with swimming, vacations, barbecues and a whole lot of stuff to do outdoors.

LeBron gets his first title... (sigh)

Let's clear the air right off the bat: I'm a bitter Celtics fan. I hate LeBron James. Can't stand him. But, the world is abuzz after LeBron and his Miami Heat captured the 2012 NBA Championship, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games. Ok, that's enough positives about LeBron. After the game he said, "I didn't shortcut anything." Newsflash to LeBron: you shortcutted everything! You left your hometown team to go play with two other superstars! Could someone please ask LeBron what exactly he thinks a shortcut is?

I feel better now.

Is there anything else that happened this week you want to tell us? Let us know in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

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