2017-2018 NBA Playoff Projections

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Eastern Conference

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

2. Washington Wizards

3. Boston Celtics

4. Toronto Raptors

5. Detroit Pistons

6. Milwaukee Bucks

7. Miami Heat

8. Charlotte Hornets

First Round

Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Cavs win series 4-1)

The road to a fourth consecutive Eastern Conference Championship continues for the Cavaliers.

Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards (Wizards win series 4-2)

The size and defensive ability of the Heat will frustrate the Wizards, but not enough to eliminate them.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics (Celtics win series 4-3)

It will be a fierce battle between Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving.

Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors (Raptors win series 4-3)

The Pistons are a go-to player away from being a consistent force in the Eastern Conference.

Conference Semifinals

Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Cavs win series 4-1)

It’s the same old song for the Raptors as they’ll once again come up short versus the Cavaliers in the playoffs.

Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards (Celtics win series 4-2)

The Wizards have the talent, but they lack the mental makeup to that the next step.

Conference Finals Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Cavs win series 4-2)

The Cavs will advance to the NBA Finals, but not without getting a fight fromĀ  the Celtics.

 

Western Conference

1. Golden State Warriors

2. San Antonio Spurs

3. Oklahoma City Thunder

4. Minnesota Timberwolves

5. Los Angeles Clippers

6. Houston Rockets

7. Denver Nuggets

8. Portland Trail Blazers

First Round

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors (Warriors win series 4-1)

The Trail Blazers will only be a speed bump for the Warriors in their quest to win another NBA Championship.

Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs (Spurs win series 4-0)

There is something about the Spurs excelling in the spring.

Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Thunder win series 4-2)

This will mark the second consecutive year in which these two teams met in the first round, but things have changed as Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook now has reinforcements.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (Timberwolves win series 4-2)

The Timberwolves could be one of the most dangerous teams in the postseason due to the mismatches that they can create.

Conference Semifinals

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Golden State Warriors (Warriors win series 4-2)

The Timberwolves are closing the gap, but they are still not in the class of the Warriors.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs (Spurs win series 4-3)

This could be one of the greatest playoff series’ in NBA history.

Conference Finals

San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors (Warriors win series 4-2)

The Spurs will put up a valiant fight, but it won’t be enough to get the best of the Warriors.

NBA Finals

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors (Warriors win series 4-1)

It’s time to look at this Warriors team as one of the best to have ever done it.

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