It’s that time of year again! The playoff seeding is set, some teams are already on vacation, and those that aren’t are gearing up for their postseason runs. 16 teams, all battling for the ultimate goal: raising that Larry O’Brien NBA Championship trophy at the end of the NBA Finals.

Here at Hoops Nation, our writers each have their own thoughts about who will advance past the first round of the NBA playoffs, along with how many games it will take them to do so. So without further ado, here is what our writers had to say:

Darrin Burrell

Eastern Conference:

Boston Celtics (1)  vs. Chicago Bulls (8) – 5 games; Celtics win

Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs. Indiana Pacers (7) – 7 games; Cavaliers win

Toronto Raptors (3) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (6) – 4 games; Raptors win

Washington Wizards (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5) – 6 games; Wizards win

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8) – 4 games; Warriors win

San Antonio Spurs (2) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (7) – 6 games; Spurs win

Houston Rockets (3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6) – 4 games; Rockets win

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5) -7 games; Jazz win

 

Brendan Smith

Eastern Conference:

Boston Celtics (1)  vs. Chicago Bulls (8) – 5 games; Celtics win

Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs. Indiana Pacers (7) – 7 games; Cavaliers win

Toronto Raptors (3) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (6) – 5 games; Raptors win

Washington Wizards (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5) – 5 games; Wizards win

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8) – 4 games; Warriors win

San Antonio Spurs (2) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (7) – 4 games; Spurs win

Houston Rockets (3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6) – 6 games; Rockets win

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5) – 7 games; Clippers win

 

Faxon Childress

Eastern Conference:

Boston Celtics (1)  vs. Chicago Bulls (8) – 6 games; Celtics win

Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs. Indiana Pacers (7) – 6 games; Cavaliers win

Toronto Raptors (3) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (6) – 7 games; Bucks win

Washington Wizards (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5) – 6 games; Hawks win

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8) – 5 games; Warriors win

San Antonio Spurs (2) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (7) – 5 games; Spurs win

Houston Rockets (3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6) – 6 games; Rockets win

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5) – 6 games; Jazz win

 

Alex Jarvis

Eastern Conference:

Boston Celtics (1)  vs. Chicago Bulls (8) – 6 games; Bulls win

Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs. Indiana Pacers (7) – 5 games, Cavaliers win

Toronto Raptors (3) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (6) – 7 games; Raptors win

Washington Wizards (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5) – 5 games; Wizards win

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8) – 6 games; Trail Blazers win

San Antonio Spurs (2) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (7) – 4 games; Spurs win

Houston Rockets (3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6) – 7 games; Rockets win

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5) – 5 games; Jazz win

 

Temi Okulate

Eastern Conference:

Boston Celtics (1)  vs. Chicago Bulls (8) – 6 games; Bulls win

Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs. Indiana Pacers (7) – 5 games; Cavaliers win

Toronto Raptors (3) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (6) – 6 games; Bucks win

Washington Wizards (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5) – 5 games; Wizards win

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8) – 4 games; Warriors win

San Antonio Spurs (2) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (7) – 5 games; Spurs win

Houston Rockets (3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6) – 6 games; Rockets win

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5) – 7 games; Jazz win

 

Matthew Keyser

Eastern Conference:

Boston Celtics (1)  vs. Chicago Bulls (8) – 5 games; Celtics win

Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs. Indiana Pacers (7) – 5 games; Cavaliers win

Toronto Raptors (3) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (6) – 6 games; Raptors win

Washington Wizards (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5) – 5 games; Wizards win

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8) – 5 games; Warriors win

San Antonio Spurs (2) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (7) – 4 games; Spurs win

Houston Rockets (3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6) – 6 games; Rockets win

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5) – 7 games; Clippers win

 

Evan Scheinberg

Eastern Conference:

Boston Celtics (1)  vs. Chicago Bulls (8) – 6 games; Celtics win

Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs. Indiana Pacers (7) – 6 games; Cavaliers win

Toronto Raptors (3) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (6) – 6 games; Raptors win

Washington Wizards (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5) – 5 games; Wizards win

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8) – 5 games; Warriors win

San Antonio Spurs (2) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (7) – 4 games; Spurs win

Houston Rockets (3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6) – 5 games; Rockets win

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5) – 7 games; Jazz win

 

Cole Henderson

Eastern Conference:

Boston Celtics (1)  vs. Chicago Bulls (8) – 6 games, Celtics win

Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs. Indiana Pacers (7) – 6 games; Cavaliers win

Toronto Raptors (3) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (6) – 5 games; Raptors win

Washington Wizards (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5) – 5 games; Hawks win

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8) – 6 games; Trail Blazers win

San Antonio Spurs (2) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (7) – 6 games; Spurs win

Houston Rockets (3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6) – 5 games; Rockets win

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5) – 4 games; Jazz win

 

James Cragg

Eastern Conference:

Boston Celtics (1)  vs. Chicago Bulls (8) – 5 games; Celtics win

Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs. Indiana Pacers (7) – 5 games; Cavaliers win

Toronto Raptors (3) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (6) – 6 games; Raptors win

Washington Wizards (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5) – 6 games; Wizards win

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8) – 5 games; Warriors win

San Antonio Spurs (2) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (7) – 5 games; Spurs win

Houston Rockets (3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6) – 7 games; Rockets win

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5) – 6 games, Jazz win

 

Michael Webb

Eastern Conference:

Boston Celtics (1)  vs. Chicago Bulls (8) – 5 games; Celtics win

Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs. Indiana Pacers (7) – 6 games; Cavaliers win

Toronto Raptors (3) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (6) – 6 games; Raptors win

Washington Wizards (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5) – 6 games; Wizards win

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8) – 5 games; Warriors win

San Antonio Spurs (2) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (7) – 4 games; Spurs win

Houston Rockets (3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6) – 5 games; Rockets win

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5) – 7 games; Jazz win

 

Kyle Newton

Eastern Conference:

Boston Celtics (1)  vs. Chicago Bulls (8) – 5 games; Celtics win

Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs. Indiana Pacers (7) – 5 games; Cavaliers win

Toronto Raptors (3) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (6) – 6 games; Raptors win

Washington Wizards (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5) –  6 games; Wizards win

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8) – 5 games; Warriors win

San Antonio Spurs (2) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (7) – 6 games; Spurs win

Houston Rockets (3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6) – 6 games; Thunder win

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5) – 7 games; Jazz win

 

Mike Ruello

Eastern Conference:

Boston Celtics (1)  vs. Chicago Bulls (8) – 4 games; Celtics win

Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs. Indiana Pacers (7) – 5 games; Cavaliers win

Toronto Raptors (3) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (6) – 6 games; Bucks win

Washington Wizards (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5) – 5 games; Wizards win

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8) – 7 games; Trail Blazers win

San Antonio Spurs (2) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (7) – 4 games; Spurs win

Houston Rockets (3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6) – 7 games; Thunder win

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5) – 6 games; Jazz win

 

Clearly there are some differing opinions within Hoops Nation. The Spurs and the Cavaliers are favored by every writer to make it out of the first round, while other series are clearly debated among Hoops Nation. Also of note: none of the writers had clean sweeps in either the Cavaliers vs. Pacers series or the Wizards vs. Hawks series.

There look to be some very exciting first-round matchups this year. It will certainly be exciting to see how these predictions actually pan out once the playoffs start on Saturday.

About The Author

Darrin Burrell is a life-long fan of the NBA. He has a been a fan of the Washington Bullets/Wizards his whole life, he grew up playing basketball, and considers himself a true student of all aspects of the game. Darrin currently resides in the Washington, DC area.

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