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Bright Side of the Sun 2016 NBA Playoff Prediction Contest: Third Round Standings

Things just got more interesting. It’s a 5-way-tie at the top.

As the NBA Playoffs reach their Finals so does the Bright Side of the Sun 2016 NBA Playoff Prediction Contest with 5 players tying for the top spot in the third round. The 5 tie-es are: SouthernSun, LeandroBarbosa10, jack's complete lack of surprise, ayevee and rsavaj. Each with 28 total points. Congrats guys! Thanks for keeping it interesting until the end. Special kudos to SouthernSun and LeandroBarbosa10 for being the only ones to exactly predict the Raptors - Cavaliers series outcome - that helped them get into the Finale.

As per the tie rules: "If two or more contestants are tied going into the Finals and picked the same team they will be asked to pick the total points scored in the deciding game on a first come first serve basis. The winner will be whoever is closest without going over. If two or more players end up tied after the Finals and picked different teams the contestant who picked the correct team will be the winner."

Since nobody (of everyone) picked the Cavaliers to be the Finals winner and beyond that 4 of the 5 Brightsiders going for the Title picked the same (Warriors in 6 over the Cavs) Finals outcome, it will all come down to the total score predictions.

SouthernSun, LeandroBarbosa10, jack's complete lack of surprise, ayevee and rsavaj please post your prediction for the total points scored in the deciding game of the Finals below in the comments. Search your souls, do some advanced math or roll the dice if that works for you just try to post your numbers before the start of Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday.

Everyone else: thanks for participating! Here are your participation trophies:

(stare at them long enough they start to look like ETs)

Standings

Western Conference Finals

WoW at the Thunder - Warriors series. WOW at KD and Russ for going 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals against the 73 win Warriors and then WOOW some more at Steph and the Warriors coming back from that and then a Final WOOOW for Klay Thompson. Chills.

Eastern Conference Finals

With Valanciunas out I thought Cleveland would get the 12-0 record in reaching the Finals. But Lowry and the Raptors were LeBron's first real challenge in the 2016 Playoffs. They managed to tie the series in their first two home games but couldn't keep their composure in the 4th quarter of Game 6 where they were outscored 27-13.

Everything's about to get way more real for the Cavs. With the Warriors on fire from their comeback I can see Cleveland maybe scraping up one win but only because the Dubs subconsciously want to win this title at Oracle.

What are your thoughts?