Warriors hang around in physical game, but too much Ja Morant wins it for Grizzlies — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Morant took over late, scoring the Grizzlies’ final 15 points.

Warriors hang around in physical game, but too much Ja Morant wins it for Grizzlies — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Led by Al Horford and Grant Williams, Celtics bottle up Bucks in Game 2 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

As Giannis Antetokounmpo walked into the tunnel, a Boston fan pushed him in the arm.

Led by Al Horford and Grant Williams, Celtics bottle up Bucks in Game 2 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

NBA 2nd Round Playoff Predictions

Eastern Conference:

#1 Miami over #4 Philadelphia 4-2

I really thought the Raptors would win Game Six last night to force a seventh game, however, the Sixers quickly dispatched that notion. However, I believe the James Harden “curse” of not getting out of the second round continues another season

#2 Boston over #3 Milwaukee 4-1

The defending champs are shorthanded in this series, missing Khris Middleton, while the Celtics’ defense is for real.

Western Conference:

#1 Phoenix over #4 Dallas 4-2

The Suns got a big boost with the return of Devin Booker for the series close out win over New Orleans. I like them to move forward.

#3 Golden State over Memphis/Minnesota 4-1

Regardless of who comes out of the Grizzlies/Timberwolves series, they will run into a buzz saw in the Warriors in round two.

Nuggets go big, but too much Stephen Curry has Warriors winning Game 5, advancing — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Curry scored 11 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter — and not by hitting deep threes but by getting to the rim.

Nuggets go big, but too much Stephen Curry has Warriors winning Game 5, advancing — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Celtics take on challenge, sweep Durant/Irving Nets out of playoffs — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Boston showed off an elite defense, depth, great chemistry, plus it had the best player in the series in Jayson Tatum.

Celtics take on challenge, sweep Durant/Irving Nets out of playoffs — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Grizzlies stun Timberwolves with 26-point comeback in Game 3 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

With the Timberwolves up big on the Grizzlies in the first half of Game 3, Karl-Anthony Towns blustered to his teammates.

Grizzlies stun Timberwolves with 26-point comeback in Game 3 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

NBA Playoff Predictions (First Round)

Eastern Conference:

#1 Miami over #8 Cleveland/Atlanta 4-1

In a post this morning, I picked the Hawks to eliminate the Cavs. That said, I’ll take the Heat in five games in this series.

#2 Boston over #7 Brooklyn 4-2

The Celtics look like they are for real, but they will get a challenge from Brooklyn in this series.

#3 Milwaukee over #6 Chicago 4-1

The defending champs gets perhaps the most favorable draw in the first round, as the Bulls are trending in the wrong direction.

#4 Philadelphia over #3 Toronto 4-3

I question the Sixers’ depth going forward.

Western Conference:

#1 Phoenix over #8 LA Clippers/New Orleans 4-1

I picked the Clips in the play-in game, but they run into a buzz saw here.

#2 Memphis over #7 Minnesota 4-1

Ja Morant and company cruise in round one.

#3 Golden State over #6 Denver 4-3

Will the Warriors be able to physically hold up long enough to battle the playoff-tested Nuggets?

#5 Utah over #4 Dallas 4-3

Donovan Mitchell vs Luka Doncic. Should be fun.

NBA Play-In Predictions

Friday, April 15, 2022:

Eastern Conference:

#9 Atlanta over #8 Cleveland

The Hawks will use their playoff experience to leapfrog the Cavs into the #8 seed. Their reward will be getting the #1 Miami Heat in the first round.

Western Conference:

#8 LA Clippers over #9 New Orleans

The Clippers move on to play the top seeded Phoenix Suns.

NBA Play-In Predictions

Eastern Conference:

#7 Brooklyn over #8 Cleveleand

The Nets pose a fairly serious threat to the Celtics and the rest of the Eastern Conference as a scary seven seed. Meanwhile, the Cavs must win another play-in game to move on.

Western Conference:

#8 LA Clippers over #7 Minnesota

The Clippers are just starting to get it together, while the Wolves will need to regroup after losing this one at home.

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