NBA Playoffs: Simulate the Rest of the 2019-20 Season


Who knows what the NBA playoffs will look like this summer, assuming we have games to start. We could see shortened and quarantined playoff teams, and the playoffs could be reduced to five games or even knockout battles. With a large chunk of revenue at stake, the NBA will likely see the cancellation of the season as a last resort.

Sports IllustratedChris Mannix detailed the potential playoff changes on Thursday. Today we’re going to delve into the current list of post-season clashes, going through the playoffs with the standings as it currently stands. Will Kawhi go away? Can Giannis win the crown as the best player in the league? Check out our 2019-20 playoff simulation below.

First round

Bucks over Magic (four games)

Giannis and the Bucks completely rolled the Pistons in the first round of the 2019 playoffs, winning all four games by at least 16 points. And this year’s Milwaukee team is better than the previous version. The magic is not without talent, and their stock of wings could make them look lucky at home. Expect a more respectable scan this time.

Raptors over Nets (four games)

I might feel better if the Nets had a game if Kenny Atkinson was still at the helm. Brooklyn could potentially steal a match on a hot shooting night at Spencer Dinwiddie or Caris LeVert, but it’s not a Raptors team that will sleepwalk into the playoffs. Nick Nurse will have Toronto ready to roll, robbing Brooklyn of consecutive seasons with a playoff victory.


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