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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Northwest Division

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1. Denver Nuggets

They boast one of the best rosters in the league. There’s no doubt that they are contenders.

2. Portland Trail Blazers

When Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are clicking they are just about unstoppable.

3. Utah Jazz

Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert aren’t going anywhere. That means Utah will continue to be a playoff team.

4. Minnesota Timberwolves

Is this going to be Karl-Anthony Towns’ team, D’Angelo Russell’s or Anthony Edwards? All three were top-two picks with Russell being selected #2 by another team.

5. Oklahoma City Thunder

With the amount of assets they have, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them become instant contenders sooner rather than later. Continue reading

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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