First Round Eastern Conference Predictions

NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND PREDICTIONS 2020

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Predictions by Dylan Devine and Nicolas Papa (8/15/20)

Milwaukee Bucks (1) vs. Orlando Magic (8)

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This one is a no brainer. I don’t even need to really say anything. Bucks in four. -Dylan

Without Johnathan Issac I find it very unlikely the magic even win a game. Bucks In Four. -Nick

Toronto Raptors (2) vs. Brooklyn Nets (7)

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Another matchup that is pretty much a no brainer. Besides Caris LeVert the Nets are missing all their star players. They don’t have enough guys that will be able to stop the red hot Raptors. Everyone on the Raptors has been playing great in the bubble from Van Vleet, Lowry, and Siakam. The Nets didn’t play horrible in the bubble, but are facing a real test against the Raptors. I believe they will be failing that test. Toronto in five. -Dylan

I believe Toronto is truly the best team in the East and Brooklyn is the worst team in the playoffs. The Raptors have a great coach in Nick Nurse and a great cast of players. Toronto In Four-Nick

Boston Celtics (3) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (6)

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I’ve been waiting to talk about this matchup. One of the most legendary rivalries in NBA history. Boston played very well in the bubble, specifically Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. They have one of the most stacked rosters in the league and I believe have a real chance at making it to the ECF or even the Finals. Philly lost Ben Simmons due to an injury and that is going to be a huge factor in this series. I don’t think that Embiid can carry the Sixers in a series against the Celtics. Boston in five. -Dylan

This 76ers team is great on paper but they have severely under-achieved based on our expectations for them this year. Boston however has been consistent all year and is also a true contender. Boston In Six -Nick

Miami Heat (4) vs. Indiana Pacers (5)

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This is gonna be a very fun matchup. Two Darkhorse underrated teams trying to make a playoff run. Butler and the Heat played well in the bubble, and then the Pacers had arguably the biggest standout player in the bubble in TJ Warren. He put up crazy stats over eight games which nobody expected. Both teams have some dogs, but I’m taking Miami in this series. Miami in seven. -Dylan

I agree with everything Dylan said but Miami might just have the advantage on the Pacers due to the coaching. Six games for Miami to advance -Nick

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