Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) drives to the basket against the Phoenix Suns in the second half at Footprint Center. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) drives to the basket against the Phoenix Suns in the second half at Footprint Center. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NBA predictions and Week 7 NFL preview | Upsets & Underdogs Ep. 16 recap

The 16th episode of Upsets & Underdogs dropped on sports equinox day, and it was fitting that it did.

Not only did Will Blackmon and Nick Dais preview Week 7 of the NFL season, but they also shared their season-long predictions for the 2021-22 NBA season. They give their picks for who will win the MVP and who will win each conference in the NBA.

"Spinsters" podcast co-host Haley O'Shaughnessy jumped on the show to share her NBA predictions, including a surprising team to win the Western Conference. As a huge Ravens fan, she also broke down Baltimore's matchup against Joe Burrow and the Bengals.

Here is the full episode:

NBA predictions

With the NBA season just getting started, it is time to get those predictions out for the 2021-22 campaign.

O'Shaughnessy, Blackmon and Dais all shared their favorite picks at around the 33-minute mark of the show. They picked their conference champions, with the disclaimer that nobody was allowed to pick the Brooklyn Nets or the Los Angeles Lakers since they are the favorites in their respective conference.

O'Shaughnessy chose the Denver Nuggets in the West and the Milwaukee Bucks in the East. Dais is backing the Atlanta Hawks in the East and the Phoenix Suns in the West. Blackmon picked the Bucks and the Golden State Warriors.

As for who is winning the NBA MVP, Blackmon likes Giannis Antetokounmpo to win the award for the third time in four years. Jayson Tatum is Dais’ pick to win MVP, a bet he’s actually already made at 25/1. Good luck!

One matchup to watch in Week 7

Before giving out their NBA predictions, Blackmon and Dais previewed the biggest games of Week 7 of the NFL season.

They broke down the matchups and shared their favorite picks for Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders, Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers, and Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens.

Blackmon, who had a lengthy career in the NFL as a defensive back, is looking forward to a matchup between defensive back Darius Slay of the Eagles vs. Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III. His explanation makes a lot of sense, and demonstrates the insight he has as a former player.

Favorite NFL picks

Remember that Underdog of the Week is the segment to listen to every single week on this show. For this week, both Blackmon and Dais are backing the Colts over the 49ers on Sunday Night Football.

For the marquee matchups, Blackmon is picking the Las Vegas Raiders, Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens to all cover. Dais, meanwhile, is taking the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, and Cincinnati Bengals in those respective matchups.