2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions

2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions

We are now officially on the road to the NBA Finals now. The Brooklyn Nets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to secure the 7th spot in the East. The Atlanta Hawks beat Charlotte and Cleveland to grab the 8th spot. In the Western Conference, Minnesota beat the Los Angeles Clippers to get the 7th seed. The Pelicans beat the Clippers on the road for the 8th seed out west. I’m still a fan of the play-in tournament and think it should stick around. We are now ready for the NBA playoffs in what should be an exciting next two months of basketball. We have some great matchups in the first round of the playoffs in both conferences. Let’s see who will advance to the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs.


Eastern Conference


2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions 2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions The 1 versus 8 matchup in the East will have the Miami Heat hosting the Atlanta Hawks. The Heat have fought with the Bucks, Sixers, Celtics and Bulls all season for that top spot. Miami is looking to get back to the Finals like they did a couple years ago. They will need to find a way to contain Trae Young as he’s playing as good as anyone in the league. With the homecourt advantage, will the Heat get past the Hawks? Atlanta defeated Charlotte and Cleveland to make it to the playoffs. The availability of Clint Capela will most likely affect this series. Can the Hawks make another run in the Eastern Conference playoffs? I’m picking Miami to win this one in six games. Heat Win Series 4-2


2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions 2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions This is the 4 vs. 5 series as the Philadelphia 76ers battle the Toronto Raptors. These two teams last met in the playoffs in 2019. In that series Kawhi Leonard hit the game winning buzzer beater to end the series against the Sixers. With the playoffs starting, this is the reasoning why the 76ers traded for James Harden. They are hoping that he and Embiid can carry this team to a championship. The Raptors won the season series 3-1 over Philadelphia and all the games were close. This should be an intriguing series; can the Sixers get past the Raptors? Toronto has an impressive team and could easily upset the Sixers? Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Scotty Barnes can be a formidable group that match up well with the Sixers. I’m picking Philadelphia to win this series in six games. 76ers Win Series 4-2


2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions 2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions This is the 2 versus 7 series and arguably the most intriguing matchup in the first round in the east. The Boston Celtics hosts the Brooklyn Nets in this first round series. The Nets defeated the Cavs in the play-in tournament. With Kyrie Irving missing most of the home games due to his vaccination status. Durant and Irving are starting to get their chemistry together and it’s coming at the right time. Kyrie will look to eliminate his former team from the playoffs. Boston went on a historic run during the second half of the season. They were teetering near play-in tournament level, but they ended as the 2nd seed. Jaysom Tatum played at an MVP level and Jaylen Brown is as good as anyone on both ends of the court. I’m picking Brooklyn to win in 7. Nets Win Series 4-3


2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions 2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions The final matchup in the east is the 3 versus 6 series. The defending champion Milwaukee Bucks will host the Chicago Bulls. The Bucks have arguably the best player in the league in Giannis. They also have Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday who can score and defend. Brooke Lopez is still working himself into where he was before being injured. This could be a series where we have a lot of running. DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine make up a great backcourt and can score at will. The Bulls had a great season before they were hit with the injury bug. The Bulls would’ve had a better shot in this series if they had Lonzo Ball. Ball is a great defender and will be missed in this series. Milwaukee will win the series in five games. Bucks Win Series 4-1


Western Conference


2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions 2022 NBA First Round Playoffs PredictionsWe have the 1 versus 8 matchup in the Western Conference. The defending Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns will battle the New Orleans Pelicans. The Suns have been the best team the entire season. When Chris Paul went down towards the end of the season, we thought Phoenix would fall off. Devin Booker put the team on his back, became an MVP candidate and they finished strong. They are the favorites to come out of the west and it starts now. Will the feisty Pelicans surprise this Phoenix team? New Orleans has some pieces in place to be a scary team moving forward. Can this gritty team put up a fight against this Suns squad?  I’m thinking the Pelicans can get one game, but Phoenix wins the series in some competitive games in five. Suns Win Series 4-1


2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions 2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions We have the 4 versus 5 matchup here in the Western Conference. The Dallas Mavericks will host the Utah Jazz in a series that has a lot of implications. First off, Luka Doncic will miss Game 1 with a strained calf. Doncic could possibly miss the second game and even more after that. The offense of the Mavericks run through Luka and that’s the reason he’s an MVP candidate. Can the Mavs upset the Jazz in Game 1? The future of the Utah Jazz will depend on what happens in this series. There have been rumors that either Rudy Gobert or Donovan Mitchell could be traded if they’re bounced early. With the absence of Luka, Utah is now the favorite to win this series. I’m picking Dallas to find a way to win this in seven. Mavericks Win Series 4-3


2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions 2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions This is the 2 versus 7 series as the Memphis Grizzlies take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Grizzlies is arguably the most exciting team in the league. While they’re exciting to watch, you can also add they’re one of the tougher squads. Memphis has shown that they don’t depend on one player all season. Ja Morant missed 25 games and they had a better record than what they had with him. Minnesota defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in the play-in game to get the 7th seed. Minnesota is a quality team with three guys that could take over a game at any time. Towns, Edwards and Russell are great players and Patrick Beverly adds intensity. I’m picking Memphis to win the series in five games. Grizzles Win Series 4-1


2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions 2022 NBA First Round Playoffs Predictions The final matchup of the first round is the 3 versus 6 series. The Golden State Warriors will battle the defending MVP Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets. The big question for the Warriors is the availability of Steph Curry. Curry is listed as probable for Game 1 after missing a significant amount of time with a strained foot. Klay Thompson is starting to look like himself with Curry on the sideline. Jordan Poole is a future All-Star who can score at will. Jokic has carried the Nuggets all season and is a favorite by many to repeat as league MVP. Jokic will need that kind of performance in this series and get some help also. Golden State has too many weapons and will prevail in five games. Warriors Win Series 4-1


2022 NBA 2nd Round Playoff Matchups


Eastern Conference


Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers


Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks


Western Conference


Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks


Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors

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