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

2020 NBA Playoffs Preview

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Eastern Conference

1. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 8. Orlando Magic

Players to Watch: F Khris Middleton and C Nikola Vucevic

Who Wins: Bucks in 5 games

4. Indiana Pacers vs. 5. Miami Heat

Players to Watch: F Domantas Sabonis and F Bam Adebayo

Who Wins: Pacers in 6 games

3. Boston Celtics vs. 6. Philadelphia 76ers

Players to Watch: F Jayson Tatum and C Joel Embiid

Who Wins: Celtics in 6 games

2. Toronto Raptors vs. 7. Brooklyn Nets

Players to Watch: F Pascal Siakam and G Caris LeVert

Who Wins: Raptors in 5 games

Western Conference

1. Los Angeles Lakers vs. 8. Portland Trail Blazers

Players to Watch: F Anthony Davis and G Damian Lillard

Who Wins: Lakers in 6 games

4. Houston Rockets vs. 5. Oklahoma City Thunder

Players to Watch: G James Harden and G Chris Paul

Who Wins: Rockets in 7 games

3. Denver Nuggets vs. 6. Utah Jazz

Players to Watch: C Nikola Jokic and G Donovan Mitchell

Who Wins: Nuggets in 7 games

2. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 7. Dallas Mavericks

Players to Watch: F Kawhi Leonard and G Luka Doncic

Who Wins: Clippers in 6 games

NBA Finals and Award Projections

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* – indicates playoffs

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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Atlantic Division

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1. Philadelphia 76ers

A lot of money has been invested in their starting lineup to deliver a trip to the Conference Finals or better.

2. Toronto Raptors

They are the defending champs and they will defend that title without Kawhi, but the world will realize how good Pascal Siakam is.

3. Boston Celtics

Last year was a disappointment and they hope Kemba Walker is better than Kyrie was.

4. Brooklyn Nets

Even without Kevin Durant for his first season aboard this Nets team has a lot of intriguing pieces to build on.

5. New York Knicks

Sure signing four power forwards was a strange move, but they weren’t massive long-term deals. Continue reading