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NBA playoff predictions: Staff experts pick winners in every series

FTW's experts pick all the archetypal circular ordering of the 2019 NBA Playoffs.

NBA playoff predictions: Staff experts pick winners in every series
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NBA playoff predictions: Staff experts pick winners in all ordering

By Nate Scott, Charles Curtis, Evan Thorpe April 12, 2019 1:11 pm

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By: Nate Scott, Charles Curtis and Evan Thorpe | April 12, 2019 1:11 pm

The NBA playoff archetypal circular matchups are set, and piece we won’t get to ticker LeBron James in the postseason this year, location are a ton of antic matchups inactive out location on the board.

The Western Conference, piece location was some talk of it drooping this year, is inactive a juggernaut, with the terrific Warriors prima the pack of a ton of good teams, including the Nuggets, Rockets, Jazz and Thunder. The East has a powerhouse in the Giannis Antetokounmpo-led Bucks, but the Raptors, Celtics and Sixers will all feel like they can win the meeting and book a trip to the NBA Finals.

In this post, FTW staffers Evan Thorpe, Charles Curtis and Nate Scott make their picks for each of the ordering in the beginning circular.

Western Conference

Warriors (57-25) vs. Clippers (48-34)

The Warriors took the daily ordering matchup 3-1 and I deliberation they’ll easy move onto the 2nd circular with a 4-1 gentleman’s expanse over the Clippers. Expect DeMarcus Cousins to have his way against Montrezl Harrell and Ivica Zubac in his postseason debut. – Evan Thorpe

I deliberation it’s nice that the Clippers made the playoffs. Warriors expanse. – Nate Scott

Right. Warriors in 4. – Charles Curtis

Rockets (53-29) vs. Jazz (50-32)

Last year the Rockets beat the Jazz in the 2nd circular (4-1), but the Jazz have won their last two archetypal circular ordering beingness the lower seed. These teams split during the daily season going 2-2, but the Jazz two wins came early in the season when the Rockets looked more like a lottery team as opposed to the 4th seed in the West. Both teams come into the playoffs hot, winning eight of their last 10 games, but the Rockets look more dominant with Harden, Paul and Capela back in the lineup. Rockets take the ordering 4-2. – Evan Thorpe

The Jazz will have a game when they gum up what Harden is trying to do and succeed, and then the Rockets will have that one weird game where they go like 8 of 57 from deep and lose and we all wonder if something’s wrong with them. Then the next game they’ll all go in and Harden will drop a 57-12-8 or whatever. I agree with Evan, Rockets take it 4-2. – Nate Scott

I almost made it six games because the Jazz are that good. But James Harden and Co. will be too much to overcome. Rockets in 5. – Charles Curtis

Blazers (53-29) Vs. Thunder (49-33)

The Blazers come into the playoffs banged up and have to face a Thunder team they went 0-4 against in the daily season. The lower seeded Thunder look like the favorites in this matchup, but we haven’t seen this Thunder team have success in the playoffs, after losing to the Jazz in the archetypal-circular last year. I deliberation the loss of Jusuf Nurkic will allow Steven Adams to have his way on the boards against his former “’stache brother” Enes Kanter, piece “Playoff P” and Russell Westbrook lead the Thunder to a 4-2 win over the Blazers. Sorry Dame. – Evan Thorpe

No Nurkic means doom for Portland. They’ll keep it close, but Paul George will make things too hard on them. I inactive deliberation it goes to seven, though. Thunder take it 4-3. – Nate Scott

The Blazers without Jusuf Nurkic just aren’t as good against two MVP candidates in Paul George and Russell Westbrook. But Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and the rest of Portland will push OKC to the brink. Thunder in 7. – Charles Curtis

Nuggets (54-28) vs. Spurs (48-34)

The Nuggets are in the playoff for the archetypal time since 2013 piece the Spurs are back in the playoffs for the 22nd straight year. The teams split in the daily season going 2-2, but the Nuggets are in for a battle with a team full of archetypal timers in the playoffs. The Spurs have the experience with vets like DeRozan, Aldridge, Mills and Belinelli, but the Nuggets are deeper and have the best player in the ordering with Nikola Jokic. I deliberation the Spurs get an early win to shake things up but the Nuggets win the ordering 4-3. – Evan Thorpe

I love the Nuggets. The Nuggets are very good. They’re extremely good. I have been burned too many times picking against Popovich, however, and I will not be burned again. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m taking Spurs in 7. – Nate Scott

No one seems to have any faith in the Nuggets, but I deliberation they have more than enough talent to get by Pop’s crew. Nuggets in 6. – Charles Curtis

Eastern Conference

Bucks (60-22) vs. Pistons (41-41)

The Bucks haven’t won a playoff ordering since 2001… I was in the archetypal grade! The last time they won a archetypal circular ordering, they only needed 3 wins to do so. That will change as the top seeded Bucks and MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo will do just as they did in the daily season, which was expanse the Pistons 4-0. If Blake Griffin is healthy enough to play, maybe the Pistons can get a win at home, but without him the Pistons are done in four. – Evan Thorpe

The Pistons don’t have the stuff to defend the Greek Freak or to keep up offensively. It’ll be an easy expanse. Bucks in 4. – Charles Curtis

Good for Detroit. Bucks in a expanse. – Nate Scott

Boston (49-33) vs. Pacers (48-34)

After reaching the Eastern Conference Finals last season, the Celtics had a disappointing season, finishing fourth in the East. But they get to play a Pacers team, who they best three times out of four in the daily season, and who are also without their All Star Victor Oladipo. If the Pacers can make games ugly with their 3rd ranked Defensive Rating, they give themselves a chance against a streaky Celtics team. If Brad Stevens and crew can put the daily season behind them and come together for the playoff run, the Celtics could represent the East in the Finals. Celtics win the ordering 4-2. – Evan Thorpe

I deliberation the Pacers have a shot at actually winning this ordering and if they had Victor Oladipo, they would have beaten the Celts easy . But Boston is inactive too deep and too talented. Celtics in 6. – Charles Curtis

Yeah this would have been the ordering of the archetypal circular, but alas. Celtics will have some weird ones, but I deliberation they have just enough to pull it out. Celtics in 7. – Nate Scott

Sixers (51-31) vs. Nets (42-40)

What is going on with Joel Embiid’s knee? To end the season, Embiid missed five of the last seven games and could miss the start of the playoffs for consecutive years. Even without Embiid, the Sixers should be able to take care of a young, exciting Nets team, led by All-Star D’Angelo Russell. Sixers win the ordering 4-2. – Evan Thorpe

You can smell this one coming a mile away. As I wrote earlier this year, the Nets have a balanced roster built acircular breakout star D’Angelo Russell. They have outside shooting in Joe Harris, who has hit 47.4 percent (!!!) of this threes this year, interior defense (Jarrett Allen) and bench depth (Spencer Dinwiddie, DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson). They’re well-coached and feisty. And the Sixers might be without Joel Embiid. Even if he plays, he might not be 100 percent. This upset is happening in seven games. Brooooklynnnnnn! – Charles Curtis

Yeah, it’s a real issue if Embiid is hurt, because then Philly will only have the three best players in the ordering, as opposed to the four best players in the ordering. Sixers in 5. – Nate Scott

Raptors (59-24) vs. Magic (42-40)

The additions of Kawhi Leonard, Marc Gasol and head coach Nick Nurse make the Raptors the favorites (in my opinion) to reach the NBA Finals out of the East, even if the Bucks are the top seed. They will have a tough matchup against a Magic team that earned their playoff spot, winning 11 of the last 13 games, behind all-star center Nikola Vucevic. After splitting the season ordering 2-2, the Raptors will win this ordering 4-1 with a healthy Kawhi back in the playoffs. – Evan Thorpe

I inactive don’t know how the Magic made it and how Orlando is the seventh seed. Despite a surprisingly deep rotation, they’ll be swept. Raptors in 4. – Charles Curtis

Am I totally nuts for deliberationing Nikola Vucevic and the Magic can upset Toronto and take this ordering? [Checks headset.] Ah yes, OK. I am totally nuts. Raptors in 6. – Nate Scott

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The NBA playoff archetypal circular matchups are set, and piece we won’t get to ticker LeBron James in the postseason this year, location are a ton of antic matchups inactive out location on the board.

The Western Conference, piece location was some talk of it drooping this year, is inactive a juggernaut, with the terrific Warriors prima the pack of a ton of good teams, including the Nuggets, Rockets, Jazz and Thunder. The East has a powerhouse in the Giannis Antetokounmpo-led Bucks, but the Raptors, Celtics and Sixers will all feel like they can win the meeting and book a trip to the NBA Finals.

In this post, FTW staffers Evan Thorpe, Charles Curtis and Nate Scott make their picks for each of the ordering in the beginning circular.

Western Conference

Warriors (57-25) vs. Clippers (48-34)

The Warriors took the daily ordering matchup 3-1 and I deliberation they’ll easy move onto the 2nd circular with a 4-1 gentleman’s expanse over the Clippers. Expect DeMarcus Cousins to have his way against Montrezl Harrell and Ivica Zubac in his postseason debut. – Evan Thorpe

I deliberation it’s nice that the Clippers made the playoffs. Warriors expanse. – Nate Scott

Right. Warriors in 4. – Charles Curtis

Rockets (53-29) vs. Jazz (50-32)

Last year the Rockets beat the Jazz in the 2nd circular (4-1), but the Jazz have won their last two archetypal circular ordering beingness the lower seed. These teams split during the daily season going 2-2, but the Jazz two wins came early in the season when the Rockets looked more like a lottery team as opposed to the 4th seed in the West. Both teams come into the playoffs hot, winning eight of their last 10 games, but the Rockets look more dominant with Harden, Paul and Capela back in the lineup. Rockets take the ordering 4-2. – Evan Thorpe

The Jazz will have a game when they gum up what Harden is trying to do and succeed, and then the Rockets will have that one weird game where they go like 8 of 57 from deep and lose and we all wonder if something’s wrong with them. Then the next game they’ll all go in and Harden will drop a 57-12-8 or whatever. I agree with Evan, Rockets take it 4-2. – Nate Scott

I almost made it six games because the Jazz are that good. But James Harden and Co. will be too much to overcome. Rockets in 5. – Charles Curtis

Blazers (53-29) Vs. Thunder (49-33)

The Blazers come into the playoffs banged up and have to face a Thunder team they went 0-4 against in the daily season. The lower seeded Thunder look like the favorites in this matchup, but we haven’t seen this Thunder team have success in the playoffs, after losing to the Jazz in the archetypal-circular last year. I deliberation the loss of Jusuf Nurkic will allow Steven Adams to have his way on the boards against his former “’stache brother” Enes Kanter, piece “Playoff P” and Russell Westbrook lead the Thunder to a 4-2 win over the Blazers. Sorry Dame. – Evan Thorpe

No Nurkic means doom for Portland. They’ll keep it close, but Paul George will make things too hard on them. I inactive deliberation it goes to seven, though. Thunder take it 4-3. – Nate Scott

The Blazers without Jusuf Nurkic just aren’t as good against two MVP candidates in Paul George and Russell Westbrook. But Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and the rest of Portland will push OKC to the brink. Thunder in 7. – Charles Curtis

Nuggets (54-28) vs. Spurs (48-34)

The Nuggets are in the playoff for the archetypal time since 2013 piece the Spurs are back in the playoffs for the 22nd straight year. The teams split in the daily season going 2-2, but the Nuggets are in for a battle with a team full of archetypal timers in the playoffs. The Spurs have the experience with vets like DeRozan, Aldridge, Mills and Belinelli, but the Nuggets are deeper and have the best player in the ordering with Nikola Jokic. I deliberation the Spurs get an early win to shake things up but the Nuggets win the ordering 4-3. – Evan Thorpe

I love the Nuggets. The Nuggets are very good. They’re extremely good. I have been burned too many times picking against Popovich, however, and I will not be burned again. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m taking Spurs in 7. – Nate Scott

No one seems to have any faith in the Nuggets, but I deliberation they have more than enough talent to get by Pop’s crew. Nuggets in 6. – Charles Curtis

Eastern Conference

Bucks (60-22) vs. Pistons (41-41)

The Bucks haven’t won a playoff ordering since 2001… I was in the archetypal grade! The last time they won a archetypal circular ordering, they only needed 3 wins to do so. That will change as the top seeded Bucks and MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo will do just as they did in the daily season, which was expanse the Pistons 4-0. If Blake Griffin is healthy enough to play, maybe the Pistons can get a win at home, but without him the Pistons are done in four. – Evan Thorpe

The Pistons don’t have the stuff to defend the Greek Freak or to keep up offensively. It’ll be an easy expanse. Bucks in 4. – Charles Curtis

Good for Detroit. Bucks in a expanse. – Nate Scott

Boston (49-33) vs. Pacers (48-34)

After reaching the Eastern Conference Finals last season, the Celtics had a disappointing season, finishing fourth in the East. But they get to play a Pacers team, who they best three times out of four in the daily season, and who are also without their All Star Victor Oladipo. If the Pacers can make games ugly with their 3rd ranked Defensive Rating, they give themselves a chance against a streaky Celtics team. If Brad Stevens and crew can put the daily season behind them and come together for the playoff run, the Celtics could represent the East in the Finals. Celtics win the ordering 4-2. – Evan Thorpe

I deliberation the Pacers have a shot at actually winning this ordering and if they had Victor Oladipo, they would have beaten the Celts easy . But Boston is inactive too deep and too talented. Celtics in 6. – Charles Curtis

Yeah this would have been the ordering of the archetypal circular, but alas. Celtics will have some weird ones, but I deliberation they have just enough to pull it out. Celtics in 7. – Nate Scott

Sixers (51-31) vs. Nets (42-40)

What is going on with Joel Embiid’s knee? To end the season, Embiid missed five of the last seven games and could miss the start of the playoffs for consecutive years. Even without Embiid, the Sixers should be able to take care of a young, exciting Nets team, led by All-Star D’Angelo Russell. Sixers win the ordering 4-2. – Evan Thorpe

You can smell this one coming a mile away. As I wrote earlier this year, the Nets have a balanced roster built acircular breakout star D’Angelo Russell. They have outside shooting in Joe Harris, who has hit 47.4 percent (!!!) of this threes this year, interior defense (Jarrett Allen) and bench depth (Spencer Dinwiddie, DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson). They’re well-coached and feisty. And the Sixers might be without Joel Embiid. Even if he plays, he might not be 100 percent. This upset is happening in seven games. Brooooklynnnnnn! – Charles Curtis

Yeah, it’s a real issue if Embiid is hurt, because then Philly will only have the three best players in the ordering, as opposed to the four best players in the ordering. Sixers in 5. – Nate Scott

Raptors (59-24) vs. Magic (42-40)

The additions of Kawhi Leonard, Marc Gasol and head coach Nick Nurse make the Raptors the favorites (in my opinion) to reach the NBA Finals out of the East, even if the Bucks are the top seed. They will have a tough matchup against a Magic team that earned their playoff spot, winning 11 of the last 13 games, behind all-star center Nikola Vucevic. After splitting the season ordering 2-2, the Raptors will win this ordering 4-1 with a healthy Kawhi back in the playoffs. – Evan Thorpe

I inactive don’t know how the Magic made it and how Orlando is the seventh seed. Despite a surprisingly deep rotation, they’ll be swept. Raptors in 4. – Charles Curtis

Am I totally nuts for deliberationing Nikola Vucevic and the Magic can upset Toronto and take this ordering? [Checks headset.] Ah yes, OK. I am totally nuts. Raptors in 6. – Nate Scott

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