NBA Semifinals Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Philadelphia 76ers vs. 5. Atlanta Hawks

Players to Watch: C Joel Embiid and G Trae Young

Who Wins: 76ers in 6 games

2. Brooklyn Nets vs. 3. Milwaukee Bucks

Players to Watch: G James Harden and F Giannis Antetokounmpo

Who Wins: Nets in 7 games

Western Conference

1. Utah Jazz vs. 4. Los Angeles Clippers

Players to Watch: G Donovan Mitchell and F Kawhi Leonard

Who Wins: Jazz in 6 games

2. Phoenix Suns vs. 3. Denver Nuggets

Players to Watch: G Devin Booker and C Nikola Jokic

Who Wins: Nuggets in 6 games

2021 NBA Playoffs Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Philadelphia 76ers vs. 8. Washington Wizards

Players to Watch: C Joel Embiid and G Russell Westbrook

Who Wins: 76ers in 5 games

4. New York Knicks vs. 5. Atlanta Hawks

Players to Watch: F Julius Randle and G Trae Young

Who Wins: Knicks in 6 games

3. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 6. Miami Heat

Players to Watch: F Giannis Antetokounmpo and F Jimmy Butler

Who Wins: Bucks in 7 games

2. Brooklyn Nets vs. 7. Boston Celtics

Players to Watch: G Kyrie Irving and F Jayson Tatum

Who Wins: Nets in 5 games

Western Conference

1. Utah Jazz vs. 8. Memphis Grizzlies

Players to Watch: C Rudy Gobert and G Ja Morant

Who Wins: Jazz in 6 games

4. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 5. Dallas Mavericks

Players to Watch: F Paul George and G Luka Doncic

Who Wins: Clippers in 7 games

3. Denver Nuggets vs. 6. Portland Trail Blazers

Players to Watch: C Nikola Jokic and G Damian Lillard

Who Wins: Nuggets in 6 games

2. Phoenix Suns vs. 7. Los Angeles Lakers

Players to Watch: G Devin Booker and F Anthony Davis

Who Wins: Lakers in 7 games

NBA Finals and Award Projections

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* – indicates playoffs

MVP – G Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks

Rookie – G Anthony Edwards – Minnesota Timberwolves

Coach – Lloyd Pierce – Atlanta Hawks

Defensive Player – C Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat

Most Improved – G Markelle Fultz – Orlando Magic

Sixth Man – F Montrez Harrell – Los Angeles Lakers

Executive – Travis Schlenk – Atlanta Hawks

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Central Division

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1. Milwaukee Bucks

This is as good a time as any for them to finally punch their ticket to the Finals.

2. Indiana Pacers

They have a solid core to be contenders in the East, but having a new head coach could cause some growing pains.

3. Detroit Pistons

Chances are they will be a bottom seeded team in the playoffs, but is that enough for a once proud franchise?

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

If everything goes right they could be a sneaky good team, but that hinges on the health of Kevin Love and the development of Collin Sexton.

5. Chicago Bulls

An identity needs to be established with a new regime taking over from the front office to the bench. Continue reading

NBA Semifinals Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 5. Miami Heat

Players to Watch: F Giannis Antetokounmpo and F Jimmy Butler

Who Wins: Bucks in 6 games

2. Toronto Raptors vs. 3. Boston Celtics

Players to Watch: F Pascal Siakam and F Jayson Tatum

Who Wins: Raptors in 7 games

Western Conference

1. Los Angeles Lakers vs. 4. Houston Rockets

Players to Watch: F Anthony Davis and G Russell Westbrook

Who Wins: Lakers in 6 games

2. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 3. Denver Nuggets

Players to Watch: F Paul George and C Nikola Jokic

Who Wins: Nuggets in 7 games