Last season’s playoff series between the two powerhouses came down to Kevin Durant’s foot, and the Nets fell to the eventual champion Bucks in Game 7. Is a rematch between these two teams on the cards? Will a healthy Durant-James Harden combination be enough to beat the defending champions?
Is it a foregone conclusion that the retooled Los Angeles Lakers will reach the Western Conference finals? Will Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook joining LeBron James in the West be enough to compete in such a tough conference? Will Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz finally turn a corner and reach the NBA Finals?
NBA experts’ predictions: And who’s the favorite to win it all? Is it possible for James to win his fifth championship? Is it possible for the Nets to win a title without Kyrie Irving, their third star? Will Giannis Antetokounmpo, the reigning NBA Finals MVP, be able to defend his title?
Our experts predict the matchups in the conference finals and NBA Finals.
Tim Bontemps: Bucks over Nets
Jamal Collier: Nets over Bucks
Nick DePaula: Nets over Bucks
Nick Friedell: Nets over Bucks
Israel Gutierrez: Bucks over Heat
Tim Legler: Bucks over Nets
Andrew Lopez: Nets over Bucks
Tim MacMahon: Nets over Bucks
Bobby Marks: Heat over Nets
Dave McMenamin: Nets over Bucks
Kevin Pelton: Bucks over Nets
Jorge Sedano: Nets over Heat
Ramona Shelburne: Nets over Bucks
André Snellings: Bucks over Nets
Marc J. Spears: Nets over Bucks
Ohm Youngmisuk: Nets over Bucks
Tim Bontemps: Jazz over Suns
Jamal Collier: Suns over Lakers
Nick DePaula: Warriors over Suns
Nick Friedell: Jazz over Lakers
Israel Gutierrez: Lakers over Jazz
Tim Legler: Lakers over Suns
Andrew Lopez: Lakers over Jazz
Tim MacMahon: Nuggets over Lakers
Bobby Marks: Jazz over Lakers
Dave McMenamin: Lakers over Suns
Kevin Pelton: Lakers over Suns
Jorge Sedano: Lakers over Nuggets
Ramona Shelburne: Lakers over Jazz