2018-19 NBA Playoffs Predictions

Note: These predictions were made prior to the results of Saturday’s games.

Here are my complete predictions for the 2018-19 NBA Playoffs from Round 1 to the NBA Finals.

Round 1

East:

#8 Detroit Pistons vs #1 Milwaukee Bucks

Prediction: Bucks in 5 games

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(Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

#7 Orlando Magic vs #2 Toronto Raptors

Prediction: Raptors in 6 games

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(Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

#6 Brooklyn Nets vs #3 Philadelphia 76ers

Prediction: 76ers in 6 games

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(NBAE/Getty Images)

#5 Indiana Pacers vs #4 Boston Celtics

Prediction: Celtics in 6 games

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West:

#8 Los Angeles Clippers vs #1 Golden State Warriors

Prediction: Warriors in 4 games

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#7 San Antonio Spurs vs #2 Denver Nuggets

Prediction: Nuggets in 6 games

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(Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)

#6 Oklahoma City Thunder vs #3 Portland Trail Blazers

Prediction: Thunder in 6 games

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(Photo via SI)

#5 Utah Jazz vs #4 Houston Rockets

Prediction: Rockets in 6 games

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 (Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

 

Conference Semifinals

East:

#4 Boston Celtics vs #1 Milwaukee Bucks

Prediction: Celtics in 7 games

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#3 Philadephia 76ers vs #2 Toronto Raptors

Prediction: Raptors in 6 games

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(John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

West:

#4 Houston Rockets vs #1 Golden State Warriors

Prediction: Warriors in 6 games

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#6 Oklahoma City Thunder vs #2 Denver Nuggets

Prediction: Thunder in 7 games

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(Tyler Kaufman/AP)

 

Conference Finals

East:

#4 Boston Celtics vs #2 Toronto Raptors

Prediction: Celtics in 7 games

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(Photo via SI)

 

West:

#6 Oklahoma City Thunder vs #1 Golden State Warriors

Prediction: Warriors in 5 games

 

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(Photo via AP)

 

NBA Finals

#4 Boston Celtics vs #1 Golden State Warriors

Prediction: Warriors in 5 games

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News roundup: Hayward, Kyrie & more!

Here are a few notable headlines regarding the Celtics over the past week.

Hayward undergoes surgery: 

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(Photo by Tony Dejak/AP)

Celtics fans can still remember the nauseating sight of Gordon Hayward grasping his fractured left ankle on opening night back in October. Hayward’s recovery process was extensively covered by the national media, with many analysts and fans wondering when he would return to the court for the Celtics. Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens, and the rest of Celtics’ management were cautious with Hayward’s rehab process, as they chose to not rush his recovery. 

Hayward made sure to keep Celtics’ fans in the loop, as he shared several videos showcasing him dribbling and shooting, which were definitely tantalizing for several fans, as they imagined the strength of a Celtics’ lineup that includes Hayward.

On Wednesday, the Celtics reported that Hayward had undergone a successful surgery to remove plates and screws from his ankle, as they were causing “irritation to his peroneal tendons”. According to the Celtics, Hayward’s ankle and fibula are now structurally sound, and he should be able to resume basketball activities in 6 to 8 weeks. This should be exciting news for Celtics’ fans, as they will soon be able to witness their team in full strength.

Kyrie spotted playing pickup basketball in New Jersey:

Kyrie Irving took some heat for missing the Celtics’ Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, as many pundits felt that his presence would have been invaluable for the Celtics’ young stars. Danny Ainge explained Irving’s absence by mentioning that he had undergone surgery to repair a deviated septum in his nasal canal (which was reportedly suffered when Aron Baynes elbowed him in the early stages of the season). 

Kyrie was recently spotted playing some pickup basketball in Hoboken, New Jersey, which is an encouraging sign for Celtics fans. For the people asking why Kyrie was able to play pickup hoops if he’s injured, it is almost impossible to compare the physicality of a pickup game to an actual NBA game.

Tatum’s appearance on ESPN:

Jayson Tatum had a great appearance on ESPN’s Get Up, as he discussed various topics, such as his dunk on LeBron James, and his experience as a rookie in the NBA. 

One of the highlights of this interview was Tatum’s puzzled expression when ESPN Analyst Jay Williams mentioned that he picked the Cavs to win the NBA Finals over the heavily favored Golden State Warriors.

https://twitter.com/NYSportCast/status/1002298590902083584

This interview showed that Tatum’s ability to spell is probably not as good as his ability to dunk, as he struggled mightily to spell out his former coach Mike Krzyzewski’s last name.