I wish I was in Las Vegas because I know who’s going to win the 2013 NBA championship and it’s not the Miami Heat. I’m putting all my money on the rugged Memphis Grizzlies — even after their Game 1 loss in the Western Conference Finals.
Of course, the David Stern Plate Warmers are going to make it to the NBA Finals for the Eastern Conference, that’s a given. In the West, I have no doubt the Grizzlies will earn their way to the championship round with superior defense and tough as nails interior play. As the series progresses, they will take control and refuse to let go.
The 2013 NBA championship odds at the start of the conference finals had the Grizzlies at 8:1 to win the championship. The Heat were listed at 1:4 while the Spurs post at 7:1.
Give me the Grizz at 8:1 for the championship all day. I actually have them as the clear-cut winners with no handicap.
Here’s the thing to remember about Memphis: they’re a horrible matchup for the Heat.
First of all, the Grizzlies will score a ton of easy baskets in the paint – that’s never a good sign for opponents. Playoff basketball is all about getting easy buckets. Zach Randolph will eat Udonis Haslem, Chris Bosh, and Chris Andersen alive. Marc Gasol will also destroy the Heat big men with his skill level and sheer size.
Secondly, the Heat’s greatest strength, LeBron James, will be neutralized by some of the premier NBA perimeter defenders in Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince. And they’ll be supported by the NBA’s toughest defense — and defensive player of the year, Marc Gasol.
I’m telling you right now, on paper, this is a nightmare matchup for the Miami Heat. El Heat better pray the San Antonio Spurs manage to slay the Bears from Music City or else they will have to settle for the title of Eastern Conference champions.
Pray Lebron James fan bois. Pray.