NBA Finals – The experts’ choice for each first-round series

What awaits ahead in the NBA postseason?

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 vs. Utah Jazz.

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

Note: Predictions for the Heat-Hawks and Suns-Pelicans will be revealed Sunday.

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Kendra Andrews: Celtics and 7

Jerry Bembry: Net i 6

Jamal Collier: Celtics and 7

Nick DePaula: Net i 6

Nick Friedell: Net i 7

Kirk Goldsberry: Celtics and 7

Israel Gutierrez: Celtics and 7

Richard Jefferson: Net i 7

Tim Legler: Celtics and 7

Andrew Lopez: Net i 7

Zach Lowe: Celtics and 6

Tim MacMahon: Celtics and 7

Bobby Marks: Celtics and 7

Dave McMenamin: Net i 7

Kevin Pelton: Celtics and 7

Omar Raja: Net i 7

George Sedan: Net i 7

Ramona Shelburne: Celtics and 7

André Snellings: Celtics and 7

Marc J. Spears: Net i 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Net i 6

Final statement: Celtics 11, Nets 10.

Kendra Andrews: Pants and 5

Jamal Collier: Trousers and 4

Nick DePaula: Pants and 5

Nick Friedell: Trousers and 4

Kirk Goldsberry: Pants and 5

Israel Gutierrez: Trousers and 4

Richard Jefferson: Pants and 5

Tim Legler: Pants and 5

Andrew Lopez: Trousers and 6

Zach Lowe: Trousers and 4

Tim MacMahon: Pants and 5

Bobby Marks: Trousers and 6

Dave McMenamin: Trousers and 4

Kevin Pelton: Trousers and 4

Kendrick Perkins: Trousers and 6

Omar Raja: Pants and 5

George Sedan: Trousers and 4

Ramona Shelburne: Pants and 5

André Snellings: Trousers and 4

Marc J. Spears: Trousers and 6

Ohm Youngmisuk: Pants and 5

Final statement: Bucks 21, Bulls 0.

Kendra Andrews: 76ere i 6

Jamal Collier: 76ere i 7

Nick DePaula: 76ere i 6

Nick Friedell: 76ere i 7

Kirk Goldsberry: Raptors and 7

Israel Gutierrez: 76ere i 7

Richard Jefferson: 76ere i 6

Tim Legler: 76ere i 7

Andrew Lopez: Birds of prey in 6

Zach Lowe: 76ere i 7

Tim MacMahon: 76ere i 6

Bobby Marks: Birds of prey in 6

Dave McMenamin: 76ere i 7

Kevin Pelton: Birds of prey in 6

Kendrick Perkins: 76ere i 6

Omar Raja: 76ere i 7

George Sedan: Raptors and 7

Ramona Shelburne: 76ere i 7

André Snellings: Raptors and 7

Marc J. Spears: 76ere i 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: 76ere i 7

Final statement: 76ers 15, Raptors 6.


Kendra Andrews: Grizzlies and 5

Jerry Bembry: Grizzlies and 6

Jamal Collier: Grizzlies and 6

Nick DePaula: Grizzlies and 6

Nick Friedell: Grizzlies and 5

Kirk Goldsberry: Grizzlies and 6

Israel Gutierrez: Grizzlies and 7

Richard Jefferson: Grizzlies and 5

Tim Legler: Grizzlies and 5

Andrew Lopez: Grizzlies and 5

Zach Lowe: Grizzlies and 6

Tim MacMahon: Grizzlies and 6

Bobby Marks: Grizzlies and 5

Dave McMenamin: Grizzlies and 6

Kevin Pelton: Grizzlies and 6

Kendrick Perkins: Grizzlies and 5

George Sedan: Grizzlies and 6

Ramona Shelburne: Grizzlies and 6

André Snellings: Grizzlies and 6

Marc J. Spears: Grizzlies and 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Grizzlies and 6

Final statement: Grizzlies 21, Timberwolves 0.

Kendra Andrews: Warriors in 5

Jamal Collier: Warriors in 6

Nick DePaula: Warriors in 6

Nick Friedell: Warriors in 7

Kirk Goldsberry: Warriors in 6

Israel Gutierrez: Warriors in 7

Richard Jefferson: Warriors in 6

Tim Legler: Warriors in 6

Andrew Lopez: Warriors in 7

Zach Lowe: Warriors in 6

Tim MacMahon: Warriors in 6

Bobby Marks: 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

André Snellings: Warriors in 7

Marc J. Spears: Warriors in 6

Ohm Youngmisuk: Warriors in 7

Final statement: Warriors 20, Nuggets 1.

Kendra Andrews: Mavericks and 6

Jamal Collier: Mavericks and 6

Nick DePaula: Mavericks and 6

Nick Friedell: Mavericks and 7

Kirk Goldsberry: Jazz and 7

Israel Gutierrez: Mavericks and 6

Richard Jefferson: Jazz and 7

Tim Legler: Mavericks and 7

Andrew Lopez: Mavericks and 6

Zach Lowe: Jazz and 6

Tim MacMahon: Jazz and 6

Bobby Marks: Jazz and 6

Dave McMenamin: Mavericks and 6

Kevin Pelton: Jazz and 6

Kendrick Perkins: Jazz and 7

Omar Raja: Jazz and 6

George Sedan: Mavericks and 7

Ramona Shelburne: Mavericks and 7

André Snellings: Jazz and 6

Marc J. Spears: Jazz and 6

Ohm Youngmisuk: Mavericks and 5

Final statement: Mavericks 11, Jazz 10.

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