NBA Playoff Preview

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NBA Playoff Preview

Justin Rombough

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With the Playoffs kicking off Friday and the regular season coming to an end, let’s take a look at what the first-round matchups will be.

Eastern Conference:

Number one seed and Best Record in the League Milwaukee Bucks will face off against most likely the Detroit Pistons. Tevon Tan (11) thinks this one will be a sweep because “Giannis is so amazing and they are just too good to lose.” Milwaukee has been sensational all season going 33-7 at home (through 81 games) and having an overall point differential of +9.1. Next is #2 seed Toronto vs. #7 Orlando Magic. This one will most likely be a sweep or 5 games series due to Toronto being more talented and just a better team. #3 Philadelphia 76ers are going against the #6 Brooklyn Nets. This one will be closer due to the Nets having D’Angelo Russell having a breakout year along with good assistance from Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, and Joe Harris. The 76ers will most likely win due to the sheer star power of their starting lineup of Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid, Ben “shooting with the wrong hand” Simmons, Jimmy Butler, and J.J Redick. Last but not least is the #4 Boston Celtics going up against the #5 Indiana Pacers. This series could go either way. Jefrie Lucio (11) commented on what he thinks will happen in the series starting “This will be a 7-game series and it could go either way.” Lucio is right because the Celtics on paper have more talent but they have been the definition of inconsistency this season and the Pacers have stepped up big since Victor Oladipo got injured on January 23, 2019. The Pacers are just a team of grind-it-out guys such as Bogdan Bogdanovic, Domantas Sabonis and Myler Turner-with a league best 2.7 Blocks per game. Flip a coin when it comes to that one.

Western Conference:

The 6-8 seeds are all within half a game so it will come down to the final day of games (Wed. April 10th) to find out what teams go in what particular seed. First off like usual the Golden State Warriors are first seed in the West. An interesting matchup for them in the first round would be the OKC Thunder who have Russell “Mr. Triple Double” Westbrook (KD’s old teammate when they were both on OKC together but KD slithered to GSW), there could be some steam in that series. The teams with solidified spots in the playoffs are Portland and Utah in the 4th and 5th seed, which could be a very interesting series with stars Damian Lillard going up against Donovan Mitchell. The two seed is between Denver and Houston; Houston being half a games behind the Nuggets. Micaiah Butts (11) think that the best matchup will be between OKC and Golden State because “KD and Russ would be entertaining to watch go at each other.” The NBA regular season comes to a close Wednesday April 10 after all the games finish up that night.

But the Playoffs is a whole different season, stay tuned.

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