The NBA and the NHL are down to their Final Fours now. It's prime time in both sports. Here's a look of which teams I like to win their respective conference finals, and, in the NBA, which team will win the Lawrence O'Brien Trophy as world champions and which hockey club I like to win the Stanley Cup.
NBA Conference Finals
Eastern Conference Final
Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 1, 2:30 PM CT Sunday at TD Garden in Boston, ABC
LeBron is totally going off right now. He's throwing up 40+ on a nightly basis and dominating the Eastern Conference. He looks unstoppable and on a mission to capture his fourth NBA Championship. At the same time, these Boston Celtics are young, hungry and a group of battlers. I see this as a war with the Celtics surviving and advancing to the finals.
C's over Cavs in 7
Western Conference Final
Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors
Game 1, Golden State @ Houston, Toyota Center, Monday 8 PM CT, TNT
The Rockets have played the best basketball all season and Chris Paul is a leader and a warrior and makes this team go. James Harden certainly does his part. The Dubs know how to win it all as they've done it twice in three years. I like the Dubs to outlast the Rockets in a superb series just like the Eastern finals.
Warriors over Rockets in 7
Golden State vs Boston
Coverage by ABC
The Warriors have the home court advantage and that's always significant. Kevin Durant and
Steph Curry and company are as tough an outfit as you can find to defeat. But I'm going to take the upset and go with Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and their amazing coach, Brad Stevens.
C's over Dubs in 7
World Champions: The Boston Celtics
MVP of the Finals: Jayson Tatum
TV Coverage on NBC Sports Network and NBC
Eastern Conference Finals
Game 2 Sunday @ Tampa Bay 7 PM CT NBCSN. Caps lead 1-0
Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay LightningC
I'm a big believer in these Caps after they defeated 2 time defending champion Pittsburgh in 6 games with the final victory coming at Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh had been the Caps Achilles Heel denying them time after time of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals. This time the Caps got over the hump. It carries them even further here. The Caps move on to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Caps over Lightning in 5 games
Western Conference Finals
Game 1 at Winnipeg tonight @ 6 CT on NBC
Las Vegas Golden Knights vs Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg is coming off a major upset of the Nashville Predators, a devastating blow to the Preds and the city of Nashville which were hoping for a Stanley Cup title this year after posting the best record in the NHL in the regular season and reaching the finals last year. These are 2 hungry teams, but this Vegas team is so talented. I like Vegas.
Vegas over Winnipeg in 6
Stanley Cup Finals
Vegas vs Washington
Alex Ovechkin and the Caps won't be denied here. The great 8 and his team, including the Caps superb goalie, Braden Holtby, bring home a Stanley Cup to the Nation's capital that has been starving for a championship.
Caps over Vegas in 6
Stanley Cup Champions: Washington Capitals
Conn Smythe Trophy winner (Most valuable player in the Stanley Cup playoffs)