NBA 2021 Playoffs – Expert Predictions for Conference Semifinals


After a thrilling tournament play and first-round action that saw reigning Los Angeles Lakers champion knocked down by the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks sweeping defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat , we have reached the semifinals of the conference.

What will the Suns do for a recall against the Denver Nuggets? Can the Philadelphia 76ers resist Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks if big man Joel Embiid is under 100%? Who will win the heavyweight fight between the Brooklyn Nets and the Bucks?

Our NBA expert panel selects each second round series.

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Semifinals of the Eastern Conference

Jerry Bembry: 76ers in 6

Nick DePaula: 76ers in 6

Nick Friedell: 76ers in 6

Tim Legler: 76ers out of 7

Tim Mac Mahon: 76ers in 6

Bobby Marques: Falcons in 6

Dave McMenamin: 76ers in 6

Monica McNutt: 76ers in 6

Kevin Pelton: 76ers in 6

Jorge Sedano: 76ers in 6

Ramona Shelburne: 76ers out of 7

André Snellings: Falcons in 6

Marc J. Spears: 76ers in 6

Royce Young: 76ers in 6

Ohm Youngmisuk: 76ers out of 7


Final balance sheet : 76ers (13), Hawks (2).

Jerry Bembry: Nets in 6

Nick DePaula: Nets in 6

Nick Friedell: Dollars in 6

Tim Legler: Nets in 6

Tim Mac Mahon: 7 nets

Bobby Marques: 7 nets

Dave McMenamin: Nets in 6

Monica McNutt: Dollars in 7

Kevin Pelton: 7 nets

Jorge Sedano: 7 nets

Ramona Shelburne: 7 nets

André Snellings: Dollars in 6

Marc J. Spears: 7 nets

Royce Young: 7 nets

Ohm Youngmisuk: Nets in 6


Final balance sheet : Nets (12), Bucks (3).

Western Conference Semifinals

Jerry Bembry: Suns in 6

Nick DePaula: Suns in 6

Nick Friedell: Suns in 6

Tim Legler: Nuggets in 7

Tim Mac Mahon: Suns in 7

Bobby Marques: Suns in 6

Dave McMenamin: Suns in 7

Monica McNutt: Suns in 7

Kevin Pelton: Suns in 7

Jorge Sedano: Suns in 7

Ramona Shelburne: Suns in 7

André Snellings: Suns in 7

Marc J. Spears: Suns in 7

Royce Young: Suns in 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Nuggets in 7


Final balance sheet : Suns (13), Nuggets (2).


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