NBA Playoffs – Expert Picks for Each First-Round Series

What awaits us in the NBA playoffs?

The Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves advance as seven seeds, while the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans captured eight seeds on the final night of the NBA play-in tournament.

Every first-round series is set: Miami Heat vs. Hawks, Boston Celtics vs. Nets, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors, Phoenix Suns vs. Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks against Utah Jazz.

Can Boston slow down Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving? How will Joel Embiid and James Harden fare together in the duo’s first playoff series? What impact will Luka Doncic’s calf fatigue have on the Mavericks’ chances? Our panel of NBA experts select each series from the first round.

Note: Predictions for Heat-Hawks and Suns-Pelicans will be released on Sunday.

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Kendra Andrews: Celtics in 7

Jerry Bembry: Nets in 6

Jamal Collier: Celtics in 7

Nick DePaula: Nets in 6

Nick Friedel: Nets in 7

Kirk Goldberry: Celtics in 7

Israel Gutierrez: Celtics in 7

Richard Jefferson: Nets in 7

Tim Leger: Celtics in 7

Andre Lopez: Nets in 7

Zack Lowe: Celtics in 6

Tim McMahon: Celtics in 7

Bobby Brands: Celtics in 7

Dave McMenamin: Nets in 7

Kevin Pelton: Celtics in 7

Omar Raja: Nets in 7

George Sedan: Nets in 7

Ramona Shelburne: Celtics in 7

Andre Snellings: Celtics in 7

Marc J. Spears: Nets in 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Nets in 6

Final balance sheet : Celtics 11, Nets 10.

Kendra Andrews: Dollars in 5

Jamal Collier: Dollars in 4

Nick DePaula: Dollars in 5

Nick Friedel: Dollars in 4

Kirk Goldberry: Dollars in 5

Israel Gutierrez: Dollars in 4

Richard Jefferson: Dollars in 5

Tim Leger: Dollars in 5

Andre Lopez: Dollars in 6

Zack Lowe: Dollars in 4

Tim McMahon: Dollars in 5

Bobby Brands: Dollars in 6

Dave McMenamin: Dollars in 4

Kevin Pelton: Dollars in 4

Kendrick Perkins: Dollars in 6

Omar Raja: Dollars in 5

George Sedan: Dollars in 4

Ramona Shelburne: Dollars in 5

Andre Snellings: Dollars in 4

Marc J. Spears: Dollars in 6

Ohm Youngmisuk: Dollars in 5

Final balance sheet : Dollars 21, Bulls 0.

Kendra Andrews: 76ers in 6

Jamal Collier: 76ers in 7

Nick DePaula: 76ers in 6

Nick Friedel: 76ers in 7

Kirk Goldberry: Raptors in 7

Israel Gutierrez: 76ers in 7

Richard Jefferson: 76ers in 6

Tim Leger: 76ers in 7

Andre Lopez: Raptors in 6

Zack Lowe: 76ers in 7

Tim McMahon: 76ers in 6

Bobby Brands: Raptors in 6

Dave McMenamin: 76ers in 7

Kevin Pelton: Raptors in 6

Kendrick Perkins: 76ers in 6

Omar Raja: 76ers in 7

George Sedan: Raptors in 7

Ramona Shelburne: 76ers in 7

Andre Snellings: Raptors in 7

Marc J. Spears: 76ers in 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: 76ers in 7

Final balance sheet : 76ers 15, Raptors 6.


Kendra Andrews: Grizzlies in 5

Jerry Bembry: Grizzlies in 6

Jamal Collier: Grizzlies in 6

Nick DePaula: Grizzlies in 6

Nick Friedel: Grizzlies in 5

Kirk Goldberry: Grizzlies in 6

Israel Gutierrez: Grizzlies in 7

Richard Jefferson: Grizzlies in 5

Tim Leger: Grizzlies in 5

Andre Lopez: Grizzlies in 5

Zack Lowe: Grizzlies in 6

Tim McMahon: Grizzlies in 6

Bobby Brands: Grizzlies in 5

Dave McMenamin: Grizzlies in 6

Kevin Pelton: Grizzlies in 6

Kendrick Perkins: Grizzlies in 5

George Sedan: Grizzlies in 6

Ramona Shelburne: Grizzlies in 6

Andre Snellings: Grizzlies in 6

Marc J. Spears: Grizzlies in 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Grizzlies in 6

Final balance sheet : Grizzlies 21, Timberwolves 0.

Kendra Andrews: Warriors in 5

Jamal Collier: Warriors in 6

Nick DePaula: Warriors in 6

Nick Friedel: Warriors in 7

Kirk Goldberry: Warriors in 6

Israel Gutierrez: Warriors in 7

Richard Jefferson: Warriors in 6

Tim Leger: Warriors in 6

Andre Lopez: Warriors in 7

Zack Lowe: Warriors in 6

Tim McMahon: Warriors in 6

Bobby Brands: Warriors in 7

Dave McMenamin: Nuggets in 7

Kevin Pelton: Warriors in 7

Kendrick Perkins: Warriors in 6

Omar Raja: Warriors in 7

George Sedan: Warriors in 7

Ramona Shelburne: Warriors in 5

Andre Snellings: Warriors in 7

Marc J. Spears: Warriors in 6

Ohm Youngmisuk: Warriors in 7

Final balance sheet : Warriors 20, Nuggets 1.

Kendra Andrews: Mavericks in 6

Jamal Collier: Mavericks in 6

Nick DePaula: Mavericks in 6

Nick Friedel: Mavericks in 7

Kirk Goldberry: Jazz in 7

Israel Gutierrez: Mavericks in 6

Richard Jefferson: Jazz in 7

Tim Leger: Mavericks in 7

Andre Lopez: Mavericks in 6

Zack Lowe: Jazz in 6

Tim McMahon: Jazz in 6

Bobby Brands: Jazz in 6

Dave McMenamin: Mavericks in 6

Kevin Pelton: Jazz in 6

Kendrick Perkins: Jazz in 7

Omar Raja: Jazz in 6

George Sedan: Mavericks in 7

Ramona Shelburne: Mavericks in 7

Andre Snellings: Jazz in 6

Marc J. Spears: Jazz in 6

Ohm Youngmisuk: Mavericks in 5

Final balance sheet : Mavericks 11, Jazz 10.