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    NBA Over/Under Eastern Conference Predictions

    This is a rare post. We’re still a wrestling site! Joey here to give you some of my NBA thoughts before the season starts.

    Story time: I originally wrote this to shop around to basketball websites as an example of my work in hopes of getting a writing spot for the season. In some exciting news, I have been offered an opportunity at a website ideal to my writing desires and will be giving more information soon.

    However, this piece did not meet the format for which I will be writing at on that site and I still wanted to share it with the world. A light bulb brightened in the back of my mind and I remembered that I have my own site where I can post whatever I want! So here is my analysis and predictions of SportsBook Over/Under props for overall regular season win totals of each team on the East.

    Tell me what you agree with me on and more likely which ones made you hate my guts over at my Twitter: @JoeySplashwater.

    Cleveland Cavaliers: 58.5 wins

    How apropros is it that we start off with the biggest basketball story in recent memory – LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers? King James decided to take his talents out of South Beach and return home with fellow all star Kevin Love. Add in a maturing Kyrie Irving and a great supporting cast of sharpshooters on the perimeter. The only question when it comes to Cleveland is the lack of proven defenders aside from LeBron but that problem doesn’t effect them until the postseason. The Cavs are definitely going to win 60+ games and in the 2nd or 3rd year once they start to develop the peak chemistry, this team could be the biggest threat to break the Chicago Bulls record for best regular season record.

    OVER

    Chicago Bulls: 55.5 wins

    One of the most surprising things to me is how high the expectations for the Chicago Bulls are. Don’t get me wrong. This can easily be the OVER as the Bulls always overachieve in the regular season behind Tom Thibodeau’s coaching style of playing hard every night, not to mention the hopeful return of a healthy Derrick Rose and newly signed Pau Gasol. However, it’s very possible Rose will never be as good as he once was or that he may not be able to last the full season. Even if he does, I’m not sure how well Gasol will fit in the Bulls system or how much better Jimmy Butler can be. I forecast Chicago as a high 40 to low 50 win team and the 2 seed.

    UNDER

    Toronto Raptors: 49.5 wins

    Managing to retain Kyle Lowry after most thought he was leaving Toronto is huge for the Raptors as he’s the heart of that team and you have to assume they are the class of the Atlantic division. While I am on board with that train of thought, I don’t think they will win 50 games. Last season, it felt like a perfect storm where most of their players hit their ceilings. Exactly how much better can Kyle Lowry or DeMar DeRozan be exactly? I suppose Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross have room to improve but I see a mid 40 win season in store for Toronto.

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    NBA Teams As WWE Wrestlers: Western Conference Preview

    My first two loves in childhood were basketball and wrestling. While my interest in both have fluctuated over the years, both play a large role in my life these days. It’s quite frankly the only reason I still own a television.

    Happy NBA opening night!!!

    These are indeed my rankings of how the NBA teams will finish in the standings with a wrestling twist as many of us center in the venn diagram of hoops and pro wrestling love. You can check out last week’s Eastern Conference edition here.

    1. San Antonio Spurs are The Undertaker

    Old and awesome. That’s the motto they follow. I would say the NBA equivalent of the Undertaker’s undefeated Wrestlemania streak is the Spurs current streak of winning 50+ games for the past 14 seasons. You see the critics doubt them every year.

    In Undertaker’s case, it’s shots at his age, weight, in ring shape and questioning his ability but he has by far the best match on every Wrestlemania. Age is always the doubt with the Spurs but Tim Duncan having an Undertaker WM performance all season last year showed just how great he still is. San Antonio will put most of their West counterparts in a casket this year.

    The Spurs also have used Undertaker’s theme song for the introductions of their opponents with the emphasis that they are dead men walking.

    2. Oklahoma City Thunder are Randy Orton

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    I’m a huge Kevin Durant fan so it pains me to say this. The Thunder’s rise to the top tier of the NBA was similar to Randy Orton’s ascension to being the youngest World Champ in WWE history. Everyone loved them because they showed potential with a ceiling we very rarely see in their respective fields.

    The plight of Randy Orton started after everyone began to view him with a higher expectation he was never able to truly fulfill. Soon after he started to face injuries (Russell Westbrook), attitude problems (Russell Westbrook) and just flat out not being better than the counterpart face of the brand.

    Last week, we touched on the Cena to LeBron comparison and it’s true here again. Orton had no chance at surpassing Cena and it’s looking like a very difficult task for Kevin Durant to get his ring in the near future with LeBron dominating the league. I have hope for him and expect him to eventually win it all but in the short term, he’s the Orton to Cena’s LBJ.

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    NBA Teams As WWE Wrestlers: Eastern Conference Preview

    My first two loves in childhood were basketball and wrestling. While my interest in both have fluctuated over the years, both play a large role in my life these days. It’s quite frankly the only reason I still own a television.

    These are indeed my rankings of how the NBA teams will finish in the standings with a wrestling twist as many of us center in the venn diagram of hoops and pro wrestling love.

    I’ll give my East rankings here and my West comparisons will be made next Tuesday to celebrate the NBA season starting.

    1. Miami Heat are John Cena

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    Fans either love them or despise them. The NBA and WWE markets their entire brand around them and they are usually the center of attention when it comes to the casual fan. LeBron James to Cena is the main comparison as it’s indisputable that they are at the top of their industry. The generation of polarizing opinions come to a head when Cena or the Heat are on the television screen and the level of hate is unmatched for anyone else in the sport’s history. It’s impossible to pick against them when it comes to the title match-ups.

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