NBA Playoffs 2021: Predictions from the experts for the conference semifinals


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NBA Playoffs 2021: Predictions from the experts for the conference semifinals

After an exciting play-in tournament and first round action that saw defending champion Los Angeles Lakers being eliminated by the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks sweeping reigning Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat, we have reached the semifinals of The conference.

What will the Suns do against the Denver Nuggets after taking the champion out of the race? Can the Philadelphia 76ers hold off Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks if big man Joel Embiid is less than 100 percent? Who will win the heavyweight fight between the Brooklyn Nets and the Bucks?

Our panel of NBA experts selects each second round series.

MORE: Nets vs. Bucks, a heavyweight fight in the Eastern semis

Eastern Conference – Semifinals

Jerry Bembry: 76ers in 6

Nick DePaula: 76ers in 6

Nick Friedell: 76ers in 6

Tim Legler: 76ers in 7

Tim MacMahon: 76ers in 6

Bobby Marks: Hawks at 6

Dave McMenamin: 76ers in 6

Monica McNutt: 76ers in 6

Kevin Pelton: 76ers in 6

Jorge Sedano: 76ers in 6

Ramona Shelburne: 76ers in 7

André Snellings: Hawks at 6

Marc J. Spears: 76ers in 6

Royce Young: 76ers in 6

Ohm Youngmisuk: 76ers in 7


Final count: 76ers (13), Hawks (2)

Jerry Bembry: Nets at 6

Nick DePaula: Nets at 6

Nick Friedell: Bucks in 6

Tim Legler: Nets at 6

Tim MacMahon: Nets at 7

Bobby Marks: Nets at 7

Dave McMenamin: Nets at 6

Monica McNutt: Bucks in 7

Kevin Pelton: Nets at 7

Jorge Sedano: Nets at 7

Ramona Shelburne: Nets at 7

André Snellings: Bucks in 6

Marc J. Spears: Nets at 7

Royce Young: Nets at 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Nets at 6


Final count: Nets (12), Bucks (3)

Western Conference – Semifinals

Jerry Bembry: Suns at 6

Nick DePaula: Suns at 6

Nick Friedell: Suns at 6

Tim Legler: Nuggets in 7

Tim MacMahon: Suns at 7

Bobby Marks: Suns at 6

Dave McMenamin: Suns at 7

Monica McNutt: Suns at 7

Kevin Pelton: Suns at 7

Jorge Sedano: Suns in 7

Ramona Shelburne: Suns at 7

André Snellings: Suns at 7

Marc J. Spears: Suns at 7

Royce Young: Suns at 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Nuggets in 7


Final count: Suns (13), Nuggets (2)


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