Against all odds, one dog has simultaneously become one of the most beloved and one of the most feared figures in the basketball world.
Lilo the corgi, also known by her aliases Air Corg, Steph Furry and Fluffy Mamba, has shocked NBA Twitter by correctly predicting the first five games of the series between Golden State and LA.
The hooping canine has become a viral sensation on TikTok for her sports predictions. She picks the winners of games by bouncing a ball off her nose down a small staircase and into one of two baskets with the logos of the teams competing.
Here's how she envisioned the Lakers vs. Warriors series shaking out:
@aircorg Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Lakers, who’s winning? 🤷🏻♂️ #nba #2023nbaplayoffs #dubnation #warriors #LA #lakers ♬ Cupid – Twin Ver. (FIFTY FIFTY) – Sped Up Version - sped up 8282
As you can see, she nailed her predictions for the first five games, with LA taking Games 1, 3 and 4 while Golden State got wins in Games 2 and 5.
Lilo predicted the Warriors would storm back from their 3-1 deficit, winning the final three games to advance to the Western Conference Finals. She moved one step closer to correctly picking the entire series on Wednesday night when Golden State triumphed in Game 6 to avoid elimination.
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With the series going exactly as Lilo foretold, some Warriors fans are now hoping that she may truly be a basketball prophet. Lakers fans are starting to get a little nervous for the same reason.
But as with any analyst, she does not have a perfect track record. For instance, she incorrectly picked the Bucks to triumph over the Celtics in last year's playoffs. She is also a big hockey fan, and she correctly predicted five out of the eight first round series in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Social media reacts to NBA-predicting corgi
THIS DOG IS MY NEW BEST FRIEND. ALL HAIL THE CORGI pic.twitter.com/aJNmsq31kP— grace believes. (@splashdubs) May 11, 2023
such a cruel fate, to have the gift of prophecy but only know how to communicate via playfully booping basketballs into trash cans. The corgi knows the horrors which await us but he cannot warn us. He can only boop https://t.co/VX4VFyCXCM— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) May 11, 2023
I BELIEVEEEE IN THE CORGI, LETS GOOOOOOOO— erickson (@ERICK_SAN_17) May 11, 2023
WARRIORS IN 7 pic.twitter.com/53qgIJcbHD
Is Air Corgi predicting the Lakers fate? 🏀🗑️— Ball Don’t Lie (@Balldontlie) May 11, 2023
In Air Corgi we trust 🙏#DubNation— يائيل 🇺🇸 (@yailiil) May 11, 2023
Lakers vs Warriors pic.twitter.com/13X8S1bZJ0
lakers up 3-1— Folksy (@Folksy__) May 11, 2023
the corgi: pic.twitter.com/3KnGbWTIDa