The NBA Playoffs continues with the second round getting underway this weekend. Find our series predictions and best bets for each matchup right here!
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Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers
The Heat were dominant in their first round series win against the Hawks, completely nullifying Trae Young with their stifling defense to win 4-1. Jimmy Butler was clearly the most dominant player in the series, as has been the case in many post-season runs in his career. In contrast, the 76ers dropped a couple of games in their first round series against the Raptors, but the biggest disappointment was the news that Joel Embiid is out indefinitely with injury. In my opinion, they won’t be able to compete with the heat without him, so I’m happy to be on the favorites to complete a gentleman’s sweep.
Heat in 5
Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks
The Celtics showed their championship quality with a dominant sweep of the highly-fancied Nets in the first round. Jayson Tatum dominated the series and definitely took the chocolates against Kevin Durant. The Bucks were also strong in their first round showing against the Bulls, but unfortunately lost their second best player in Khris Middleton to an MCL spread. While he’s incredibly important on offense, I still feel that the will of Giannis Antetokounmpo will be enough to at least force the Celtics to win this in seven games.
Bucks in 6 or 7
Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks
The Suns welcomed back Devin Booker from his hamstring injury in the Suns closeout win against the Pelicans in Game 6. Chris Paul was history in said game and showed he’s still a huge factor at 37 years of age. Meanwhile, the Mavericks caused the only upset in the first round of the playoffs when they defeated the Jazz by six games on the back of some tremendous Luke Doncic and Jalen Brunson performances. The Suns are now back to full health and that should prove too much for the Mavericks, who are a bit too one dimensional on offense. Expect the #1 seeds to negotiate an easy series win here.
Suns in 6 or less
Memphis Grizzlies vs Golden State Warriors
The Grizzlies weren’t exactly convincing in their series win against the #7 seed Timberwolves in the first round. They required six games and for their opponents to give up double-digit leads in three of them. In contrast, the Warriors blitzed Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets in their first round series, completing the gentleman’s sweep. On the back of the form these teams showed in the first round, I just can’t see how the Grizzlies can defeat the Warriors in a best of seven format. Experience will prevail here.
Warriors in 6 or less