2020-2021 NBA Predictions Hub

The NBA season began yesterday with two heavy-hitting matchups. The action begins in full tonight when the Celtics square off against the Bucks. This NBA season will be different than most, as each team will only play 72 regular season games. Nevertheless, basketball is basketball, and I’m ready for a fun season.

Standings

Eastern Conference

SeedTeamRecord
1Milwaukee Bucks56-16
2Brooklyn Nets54-18
3Boston Celtics46-26
4Miami Heat45-27
5Philadelphia 76ers44-28
6Toronto Raptors42-30
7Indiana Pacers40-32
8Washington Wizards37-35
9Atlanta Hawks35-37
10Orlando Magic34-38
11Chicago Bulls30-42
12Cleveland Cavaliers25-47
13Charlotte Hornets20-52
14New York Knicks17-55
15Detroit Pistons15-57
The defense-oriented Bucks win the East, with KD and Kyrie right on their heels.
Report: Anonymous Scout Proclaims Jayson Tatum Better Player Than Jimmy  Butler - Heat Nation
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Western Conference

SeedTeamRecord
1Los Angeles Lakers54-18
2LA Clippers49-23
3Denver Nuggets47-25
4Portland Trailblazers42-30
5Utah Jazz41-31
6Dallas Mavericks40-32
7Phoenix Suns39-33
8Golden State Warriors37-35
9Houston Rockets36-36
10New Orleans Pelicans35-37
11Memphis Grizzlies30-42
12San Antonio Spurs27-45
13Sacramento Kings25-47
14Minnesota Timberwolves21-51
15Oklahoma City Thunder17-55
The Lakers, Clippers, and Nuggets go 1, 2, 3 again.
Anthony Davis plans to opt out of $28.7 million player option, re-sign with  Lakers, per report - CBSSports.com
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Playoffs

Eastern Conference

First Round:

#1 Milwaukee Bucks v.s. #8 Washington Wizards

#2 Brooklyn Nets v.s. #7 Indiana Pacers

#3 Boston Celtics v.s. #6 Toronto Raptors

#4 Miami Heat v.s. #5 Philadelphia 76ers

Conference Semifinals:

#1 Milwaukee Bucks v.s. #5 Philadelphia 76ers

#2 Brooklyn Nets v.s. #3 Boston Celtics

Conference Finals:

#1 Milwaukee Bucks v.s. #2 Brooklyn Nets

Western Conference

First Round:

#1 Los Angeles Lakers v.s. #8 Golden State Warriors

#2 LA Clippers v.s. #7 Phoenix Suns

#3 Denver Nuggets v.s. #6 Dallas Mavericks

#4 Portland Trailblazers v.s. #5 Utah Jazz

Conference Semifinals:

#1 Los Angeles Lakers v.s. #4 Portland Trailblazers

#2 LA Clippers v.s. #6 Dallas Mavericks

Conference Finals:

#1 Los Angeles Lakers v.s. #2 LA Clippers

NBA Finals

Milwaukee Bucks v.s. LA Clippers, Series 4-2

THIS IS THE BUCKS’ YEAR

Golden State Warriors: Giannis re-signing with the Bucks provides clarity
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Awards

MVP: Kevin Durant

DPOY: Giannis Antetokounmpo

ROTY: James Wiseman

6MOTY: Lou Williams

MIP: Tyler Herro

Finals MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Nets vs. Warriors: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Steve Nash Top Quotes |  Brooklyn Nets
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All-NBA

1st Team

G Luka Dončić

G/F LeBron James

F Kevin Durant

F Giannis Antetokounmpo

F Anthony Davis

2nd Team

G James Harden

G Stephen Curry

F Kawhi Leonard

F Jayson Tatum

C Joel Embiid

3rd Team

G Damian Lillard

G Donovan Mitchell

F Jimmy Butler

F Paul George

C Nikola Jokić

Analysis: Kawhi Leonard's talk of opting out is business as usual - Los  Angeles Times
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So, there you have it, what I think will happen this season. Enjoy the season!!

-Sam

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