2019 NBA Playoffs Begin

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The first round of the NBA Playoffs have started, with the top eight seeded teams from each conference taking on each other. They took on each other in series games, where seven games are played and the first to win four games win the series. Many of the teams fought hard game sevens, while some of the series ended in four games with a sweep.

First Round

The Western Conference is a packed conference with many All-Star potential players taking on each other. These series were mostly quick, but some had some exciting battles that went to game seven.

First seeded Golden State Warriors Vs. Eighth seeded Los Angeles Clippers

Golden State Warriors 4 – 2 Los Angeles Clippers

Second seeded Denver Nuggets Vs. Seventh seeded San Antonio Spurs

Denver Nuggets 4 – 3 San Antonio Spurs

Third seeded Portland Trailblazers Vs. Sixth seeded Oklahoma City Thunder

Trail Blazers 4 – 1 Oklahoma City Thunder

Fourth seeded Houston Rockets Vs. Fifth seeded Utah Jazz

Houston Rockets 4 – 1 Utah Jazz

The Warriors, Nuggets, Trailblazers, and Rockets were able to all secure series wins to move onto the second round and be just that much closer to the finals.

The Eastern Conference is also a conference with multiple All-Stars, and many of the best players in the game took the court against each other in rounds with most series being quick.

First seeded Milwaukee Bucks Vs. Eighth seeded Detroit Pistons

Milwaukee Bucks 4 – 0 Detroit Pistons

Second seeded Toronto Raptors Vs. Seventh seeded Orlando Magic

Toronto Raptors  4 – 1 Orlando Magic

Third seeded Philadelphia 76ers Vs. Sixth seeded Brooklyn Nets

Philadelphia 76ers 4 – 1 Brooklyn Nets

Fourth seeded Boston Celtics Vs. Fifth seeded Indiana Pacers

Boston Celtics 4 – 0 Indiana Pacers

The Bucks, Raptors, 76ers, and Celtics were able to all secure series wins to move onto the second round and be just that much closer to the finals.

Second Round

With the end of the first round, the next four teams to move on from each conference prepared for each other. Many of these match ups being full of MVP candidates and multiple all-stars.

First seeded Milwaukee Bucks Vs. Fourth seeded Boston Celtics

Prediction: Boston Celtics winning in Game 7

This opinion may be a little biased as I am a Celtics fan, but, with the Celtics man power and the amount of talent on their team, they will be able to come together chemistry wise and take down MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Second Seeded Toronto Raptors Vs. Third seeded Philadelphia 76ers

Prediction: Toronto Raptors winning in Game 7

The Toronto Raptors will be able to beat the 76ers with their top talent Kawhi Leonard, who was able to average 27.8 points and 6.6 rebounds against the Orlando Magic in their five-game series. He will be able to also stop the Sixers with his defensive talent, as he is arguably the best defender in the NBA.

First seeded Golden State Warriors Vs. Fourth seeded Houston Rockets

Prediction: Houston Rockets winning in Game 7

The Houston Rockets will be able to beat the Warriors in a seven-game series in almost revenge for last year. With the injury from Demarcus Cousins of the Warriors, the match-ups are the same as last year but with the loss of Trevor Ariza. James Harden will make for his loss with his insane season this year. He will take Kevin Durant and the Warriors to game 7 and win.

Second seeded Denver Nuggets Vs. Third seeded Portland Trailblazers

Prediction: Portland Trailblazers winning Game 6

The Trailblazers will be able to push through the Nuggets with the same momentum against the Thunder. The Trailblazers’ backcourt will be able to push Nuggets to the edge every game, and they will be able to close most of the games. With the Trailblazers’ loss of Jusuf Nurkić because of an injury, Nuggets’ Nikola Jokić will help to take some of the games, but the Trailblazers’ backcourt will be just too much.

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