2022 NBA Playoffs Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Miami Heat vs. 8. Atlanta Hawks

Players to Watch: C Bam Adebayo and G Trae Young

Who Wins: Heat in 7 games

4. Philadelphia 76ers vs. 5. Toronto Raptors

Players to Watch: C Joel Embiid and F Scottie Barnes

Who Wins: 76ers in 6 games

3. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 6. Chicago Bulls

Players to Watch: F Giannis Antetokounmpo

Who Wins: Bucks in 6 games

2. Boston Celtics vs. 7. Brooklyn Nets

Players to Watch: F Jayson Tatum and G Kyrie Irving

Who Wins: Nets in 7 games

Western Conference

1. Phoenix Suns vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans

Players to Watch: G Devin Booker and F Brandon Ingram

Who Wins: Suns in 5 games

4. Dallas Mavericks vs. 5. Utah Jazz

Players to Watch: G Luka Doncic and G Donovan Mitchell

Who Wins: Jazz in 6 games

3. Golden State Warriors vs. 6. Denver Nuggets

Players to Watch: G Stephen Curry and C Nikola Jokic

Who Wins: Warriors in 7 games

2. Memphis Grizzlies vs. 7. Minnesota Timberwolves

Players to Watch: G Ja Morant and C Karl-Anthony Towns

Who Wins: Grizzlies in 6 games

NBA Finals and Award Projections

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* – indicates playoffs

MVP – G Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks

Rookie – C Evan Mobley – Cleveland Cavaliers

Coach – Taylor Jenkins – Memphis Grizzlies

Defensive Player – C Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat

Most Improved – F Andrew Wiggins – Golden State Warriors

Sixth Man – G Tyler Herro – Miami Heat

Executive – Arturas Karnisovas – Chicago Bulls

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NBA Finals and Award Projections

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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

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NBA Finals and Award Projections

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MVP – Damian Lillard – Trail Blazers

Rookie – Ja Morant – Grizzlies

Coach – Doc Rivers – Clippers

Defensive Player – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Bucks

Most Improved – Kristaps Porzingis – Mavericks

Sixth Man – Lou Williams – Clippers

Executive – Lawrence Frank – Clippers

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