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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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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Atlantic Division

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1. Boston Celtics

It’s Jayson Tatum’s show now. He could be primed for a MVP caliber season in Boston.

2. Brooklyn Nets

We’ll get to see Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving play together with former two-time MVP Steve Nash as the head coach.

3. Toronto Raptors

They don’t have the flashiest roster, but they get the job done with a great coach in Nick Nurse.

4. Philadelphia 76ers

The direction of this teams is in flux with Doc Rivers aboard as the new head coach.

5. New York Knicks

It’ll be another work in progress at Madison Square Garden with Tom Thibodeau as the new head coach. 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