NBA playoffs: Experts’ picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

What's next in the NBA postseason?

The Brooklyn Nets Cleveland CavaliersKick things off tonight by the No. 7 vs. No. 7 vs. LA Clippers Minnesota Timberwolves. (Here is a list of a refresher on how the play-in tournament works.)

Wednesday's games will feature the Atlanta HawksThe vs. Charlotte HornetsThe New Orleans PelicansThe vs. San Antonio SpursEach conference's matchup is 9-10.

Which of the playoff hopefuls will make it to round one?

Four teams await their opponents. However, there are four series. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz.

What will it take? Joel Embiid James HardenHow did the duo fare in their first series together? What will be their impact? Luka Doncic‘s calf strainWhat impact does this have on the Mavericks' chances of winning?

Our team of NBA experts will pick each play-in tournament and first-round series.

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NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

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NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

Kendra Andrews:Nets

Jamal CollierNets

Nick DePaulaNets

Nick Friedell:Nets

Kirk GoldsberryNets

Israel Gutierrez: Nets

Tim Legler:Nets

Andrew Lopez:Nets

Tim MacMahon:Nets

Bobby Marks:Nets

Dave McMenaminNets

Kevin Pelton:Nets

Omar Raja:Nets

Jorge Sedano:Nets

Ramona Shelburne:Nets

André Snellings:Nets

Marc J. SpearsNets

Ohm Youngmisuk:Nets


Final score: Nets 18, Cavaliers 0.

NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

Kendra Andrews: Hawks

Jamal Collier Hawks

Nick DePaula Hornets

Nick Friedell: Hawks

Kirk Goldsberry Hawks

Israel Gutierrez: Hornets

Tim Legler: Hornets

Andrew Lopez: Hawks

Tim MacMahon: Hawks

Bobby Marks: Hornets

Dave McMenamin Hornets

Kevin Pelton: Hawks

Omar Raja: Hawks

Jorge Sedano: Hawks

Ramona Shelburne: Hawks

André Snellings: Hawks

Marc J. Spears Hawks

Ohm Youngmisuk: Hawks


Final score:Hawks 13, Hornets

NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

WEST PLAY IN


NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

Kendra Andrews:Clippers

Jamal Collier Clippers

Nick DePaulaClippers

Nick Friedell: Timberwolves

Kirk Goldsberry Timberwolves

Israel Gutierrez: Clippers

Tim Legler: Timberwolves

Andrew Lopez:Clippers

Tim MacMahon:Clippers

Bobby Marks:Clippers

Dave McMenaminClippers

Kevin Pelton: Timberwolves

Omar Raja:Clippers

Jorge Sedano:Clippers

Ramona Shelburne:Clippers

André Snellings: Timberwolves

Marc J. SpearsClippers

Ohm Youngmisuk:Clippers


Final score: Clippers 13, Timberwolves 5.

NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

Kendra Andrews: Pelicans

Jamal Collier Pelicans

Nick DePaula Pelicans

Nick Friedell: Pelicans

Kirk Goldsberry Spurs

Israel Gutierrez: Pelicans

Tim Legler: Pelicans

Andrew Lopez: Pelicans

Tim MacMahon: Pelicans

Bobby Marks: Pelicans

Dave McMenamin Spurs

Kevin Pelton: Pelicans

Omar Raja: Pelicans

Jorge Sedano: Pelicans

Ramona Shelburne: Pelicans

André Snellings: Pelicans

Marc J. Spears Pelicans

Ohm Youngmisuk: Spurs


Final score: Pelicans 15, Spurs 3.

NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

EAST FIRST ROUND


NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

Kendra Andrews: Bucks in 5

Jamal Collier Bucks in 4

Nick DePaulaBucks in 5

Nick Friedell:Bucks in 4

Kirk GoldsberryBucks in 5

Israel Gutierrez: Bucks in 4

Tim Legler:Bucks in 5

Andrew Lopez:Bucks in 6

Tim MacMahon:Bucks in 5

Bobby Marks:Bucks in 6

Dave McMenaminBucks in 4

Omar Raja:Bucks in 5

Jorge Sedano:Bucks in 4

Ramona Shelburne:Bucks in 5

André Snellings:Bucks in 4

Marc J. SpearsBucks in 6

Ohm Youngmisuk:Bucks in 5


Final score:Bulls 0, Bucks 17.

NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

Kendra Andrews:676ers

Jamal Collier 776ers

Nick DePaula676ers

Nick Friedell:776ers

Kirk Goldsberry7 Raptors

Israel Gutierrez: 776ers

Tim Legler:776ers

Andrew Lopez:Raptors in 6

Tim MacMahon:676ers

Bobby Marks:Raptors in 6

Dave McMenamin776ers

Omar Raja:776ers

Jorge Sedano:7 Raptors

Ramona Shelburne:776ers

André Snellings:7 Raptors

Marc J. Spears776ers

Ohm Youngmisuk:776ers


Final score:Raptors 5, 76ers 12.

NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

WEST FIRST ROUND


NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

Kendra Andrews:Warriors in 5

Jamal CollierWarriors in 6

Nick DePaulaWarriors in 6

Nick Friedell:Warriors in 7

Kirk GoldsberryWarriors in 6

Israel Gutierrez: Warriors in 7

Tim Legler:Warriors in 6

Andrew Lopez:Warriors in 7

Tim MacMahon:Warriors in 6

Bobby Marks:Warriors in 7

Dave McMenaminNuggets for 7

Omar Raja:Warriors in 7

Jorge Sedano:Warriors in 7

Ramona Shelburne:Warriors in 5

André Snellings:Warriors in 7

Marc J. SpearsWarriors in 6

Ohm Youngmisuk:Warriors in 7


Final score:Warriors 16, Nuggets

NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

NBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournamentNBA playoffs: Experts' picks and predictions for the first round and play-in tournament

Kendra Andrews: Mavericks in 6

Jamal CollierMavericks in 6

Nick DePaulaMavericks in 6

Nick Friedell:Mavericks 7

Kirk Goldsberry Jazz in 7

Tim Legler:Mavericks 7

Andrew Lopez:Mavericks in 6

Israel Gutierrez: Mavericks in 6

Tim MacMahon:Mavericks 7

Bobby Marks: Jazz in 6

Dave McMenaminMavericks in 6

Omar Raja: Jazz in 6

Jorge Sedano:Mavericks 7

Ramona Shelburne:Mavericks 7

André Snellings:Mavericks in 6

Marc J. Spears Jazz in 6

Ohm Youngmisuk:Mavericks in 5


Final score: Mavericks 13, Jazz 4.

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