NBA Playoffs 2021 – Expert predictions for play-ins and first round – fr

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NBA Playoffs 2021 – Expert predictions for play-ins and first round – fr


The 2021 NBA playoffs officially begin on Tuesday with the play-in tournament followed by the first round of the playoffs on Saturday.
After a thrilling end to the regular season with some seeds finally decided on the final day, the Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers will start things off Tuesday in the East, followed by the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics late in the game.

On Wednesday, the San Antonio Spurs face the Memphis Grizzlies early in the West, followed by the Golden State Warriors facing the Los Angeles Lakers.

The winners of Wizards-Celtics and Warriors-Lakers will take 7th place in their respective conferences, while the losers face the winners of the Hornets-Pacers and Spurs-Grizzlies on Thursday and Friday to compete for the 8th seed. Do you have it all? Good.

Will the reigning champions return home early? How many sweeps will there be in the first round? What about historical upheavals? Our experts make their predictions for each part of the game and each match of the first round.

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Eastern Conference Play-in: Match 1

Jerry Bembry: Celtics

Nick DePaula: Celtics

Nick Friedell: Celtics

Kirk Goldsberry: Assistants

Tim Legler: Assistants

Tim MacMahon: Assistants

Bobby brands: Assistants

Dave McMenamin: Assistants

Monica McNutt: Assistants

Kevin Pelton: Assistants

Jorge Sedano: Celtics

Ramona Shelburne: Assistants

André Snellings: Assistants

Marc J. Spears: Assistants

Royce Young: Assistants

Ohm Youngmisuk: Assistants


Final count: Magicians (12), Celtics (4)

Jerry Bembry: Pacers

Nick DePaula: Hornets

Nick Friedell: Pacers

Kirk Goldsberry: Hornets

Tim Legler: Hornets

Tim MacMahon: Hornets

Bobby brands: Pacers

Dave McMenamin: Hornets

Monica McNutt: Pacers

Kevin Pelton: Pacers

Jorge Sedano: Pacers

Ramona Shelburne: Pacers

André Snellings: Pacers

Marc J. Spears: Pacers

Royce Young: Pacers

Ohm Youngmisuk: Hornets


Final count: Pacers (10), Hornets (6)

Western Conference Play-In: Match 1

Jerry Bembry: Lakers

Nick DePaula: Warriors

Nick Friedell: Lakers

Kirk Goldsberry: Lakers

Tim Legler: Lakers

Tim MacMahon: Lakers

Bobby brands: Lakers

Dave McMenamin: Lakers

Monica McNutt: Lakers

Kevin Pelton: Lakers

Jorge Sedano: Lakers

Ramona Shelburne: Lakers

André Snellings: Lakers

Marc J. Spears: Lakers

Royce Young: Lakers

Ohm Youngmisuk: Lakers


Final count: Lakers (15), Warriors (1)

Jerry Bembry: Grizzlies

Nick DePaula: Grizzlies

Nick Friedell: Grizzlies

Kirk Goldsberry: Spurs

Tim Legler: Spurs

Tim MacMahon: Grizzlies

Bobby brands: Grizzlies

Dave McMenamin: Grizzlies

Monica McNutt: Grizzlies

Kevin Pelton: Grizzlies

Jorge Sedano: Grizzlies

Ramona Shelburne: Grizzlies

André Snellings: Grizzlies

Marc J. Spears: Spurs

Royce Young: Grizzlies

Ohm Youngmisuk: Grizzlies


Final count: Grizzlies (13), Spurs (3)

Eastern Conference: Round 1

Jerry Bembry: Heat in 6

Nick DePaula: Heat in 6

Nick Friedell: Bucks en 6

Kirk Goldsberry: Bucks en 7

Tim Legler: Heat in 7

Tim MacMahon: Bucks en 7

Bobby brands: Bucks en 6

Dave McMenamin: Bucks en 7

Monica McNutt: Bucks en 7

Kevin Pelton: Bucks en 7

Jorge Sedano: Heat in 7

Ramona Shelburne: Bucks en 7

André Snellings: Bucks en 6

Marc J. Spears: Bucks en 7

Royce Young: Bucks en 6

Ohm Youngmisuk: Bucks en 7


Final count: Bucks (12), Chaleur (4)

Jerry Bembry: Knicks and 6

Nick DePaula: Knicks and 6

Nick Friedell: Knicks and 6

Kirk Goldsberry: Knicks and 6

Tim Legler: Knicks and 6

Tim MacMahon: Knicks and 6

Bobby brands: Knicks dans 7

Dave McMenamin: Knicks and 6

Monica McNutt: Knicks and 6

Kevin Pelton: Knicks dans 7

Jorge Sedano: Knicks dans 7

Ramona Shelburne: Knicks dans 5

André Snellings: Hawks in 6

Marc J. Spears: Knicks and 6

Royce Young: Hawks in 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Knicks dans 7


Final count: Knicks (14), Hawks (2)

Western Conference: 1st round

Jerry Bembry: Nuggets in 7

Nick DePaula: Blazers at 7

Nick Friedell: Nuggets in 7

Kirk Goldsberry: Nuggets in 7

Tim Legler: Blazers at 7

Tim MacMahon: Nuggets in 6

Bobby brands: Nuggets in 7

Dave McMenamin: Nuggets in 6

Monica McNutt: Blazers at 7

Kevin Pelton: Blazers in 6

Jorge Sedano: Blazers at 7

Ramona Shelburne: Nuggets in 7

André Snellings: Blazers at 7

Marc J. Spears: Blazers at 7

Royce Young: Blazers at 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Nuggets in 7


Final count: Blazers (8), Nuggets (8).

Jerry Bembry: Clippers in 6

Nick DePaula: Clippers in 6

Nick Friedell: Clippers in 6

Kirk Goldsberry: Clippers in 7

Tim Legler: Clippers in 6

Tim MacMahon: Clippers in 7

Bobby brands: Clippers in 6

Dave McMenamin: Clippers in 5

Monica McNutt: Clippers in 6

Kevin Pelton: Clippers in 6

Jorge Sedano: Clippers in 6

Ramona Shelburne: Clippers in 5

André Snellings: Clippers in 5

Marc J. Spears: Clippers in 6

Royce Young: Mavericks in 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Clippers in 6


Final count: Mowers (15), Mavericks (1)

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