Experts’ picks for the West play-in and Round 1 of the NBA playoffson August 15, 2020 at 12:34 pm

The NBA playoffs might not officially start until Monday, but postseason intensity will hit Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex two days early.

After a thrilling Thursday of seeding-game action, the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies clinched spots in the Western Conference play-in round. (Game 1 is 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC, and if the No. 9-seeded Grizzlies win, it forces a decisive Game 2 Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.)

The victory secures a meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers, but every other opening-round series is set. How many sweeps will there be? Will we see a historic upset inside the neutral environment of the NBA’s Florida bubble?

Our experts are making their predictions for the West play-in and every first-round matchup.

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Note: Memphis must defeat Portland twice to advance. The play-in winner will face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in Round 1. Experts’ picks for the Western Conference 1 vs. 8 matchup will be added following the play-in round.

Jerry Bembry: Trail Blazers

Nick DePaula: Trail Blazers

Nick Friedell: Trail Blazers

Andrew Han: Trail Blazers

Andrew Lopez: Trail Blazers

Tim MacMahon: Trail Blazers

Bobby Marks: Trail Blazers

Dave McMenamin: Trail Blazers

Kevin Pelton: Trail Blazers

Jorge Sedano: Trail Blazers

Ramona Shelburne: Trail Blazers

Andre’ Snellings: Trail Blazers

Marc Spears: Trail Blazers

Eric Woodyard: Trail Blazers

Royce Young: Trail Blazers

Ohm Youngmisuk: Trail Blazers

Final tally: Trail Blazers (16).

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Jerry Bembry: Bucks in 5

Nick DePaula: Bucks in 5

Nick Friedell: Bucks in 4

Andrew Han: Bucks in 4

Andrew Lopez: Bucks in 4

Tim MacMahon: Bucks in 4

Bobby Marks: Bucks in 4

Dave McMenamin: Bucks in 4

Kevin Pelton: Bucks in 4

Jorge Sedano: Bucks in 4

Ramona Shelburne: Bucks in 5

Andre’ Snellings: Bucks in 4

Marc Spears: Bucks in 5

Eric Woodyard: Bucks in 4

Royce Young: Bucks in 4

Ohm Youngmisuk: Bucks in 4

Final tally: Bucks (16).



Jerry Bembry: Raptors in 5

Nick DePaula: Raptors in 5

Nick Friedell: Raptors in 4

Andrew Han: Raptors in 5

Andrew Lopez: Raptors in 5

Tim MacMahon: Raptors in 4

Bobby Marks: Raptors in 4

Dave McMenamin: Raptors in 5

Kevin Pelton: Raptors in 4

Jorge Sedano: Raptors in 5

Ramona Shelburne: Raptors in 5

Andre’ Snellings: Raptors in 4

Marc Spears: Raptors in 5

Eric Woodyard: Raptors in 5

Royce Young: Raptors in 5

Ohm Youngmisuk: Raptors in 5

Final tally: Raptors (16).



Jerry Bembry: Celtics in 6

Nick DePaula: Celtics in 5

Nick Friedell: Celtics in 5

Andrew Han: Celtics in 6

Andrew Lopez: Celtics in 6

Tim MacMahon: Celtics in 6

Bobby Marks: Celtics in 5

Dave McMenamin: Celtics in 5

Kevin Pelton: Celtics in 5

Jorge Sedano: Celtics in 6

Ramona Shelburne: Celtics in 6

Andre’ Snellings: Celtics in 6

Marc Spears: Celtics in 6

Eric Woodyard: Celtics in 6

Royce Young: Celtics in 6

Ohm Youngmisuk: Celtics in 5

Final tally: Celtics (16).



Jerry Bembry: Heat in 6

Nick DePaula: Heat in 6

Nick Friedell: Heat in 5

Andrew Han: Heat in 6

Andrew Lopez: Heat in 6

Tim MacMahon: Heat in 6

Bobby Marks: Heat in 7

Dave McMenamin: Heat in 5

Kevin Pelton: Heat in 6

Jorge Sedano: Heat in 5

Ramona Shelburne: Heat in 6

Andre’ Snellings: Heat in 6

Marc Spears: Heat in 6

Eric Woodyard: Heat in 6

Royce Young: Heat in 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Heat in 6

Final tally: Heat (16).



Jerry Bembry: Clippers in 6

Nick DePaula: Clippers in 6

Nick Friedell: Clippers in 5

Andrew Han: Clippers in 5

Andrew Lopez: Clippers in 6

Tim MacMahon: Clippers in 6

Bobby Marks: Clippers in 5

Dave McMenamin: Clippers in 6

Kevin Pelton: Clippers in 5

Jorge Sedano: Clippers in 5

Ramona Shelburne: Clippers in 5

Andre’ Snellings: Clippers in 6

Marc Spears: Clippers in 6

Eric Woodyard: Clippers in 5

Royce Young: Clippers in 6

Ohm Youngmisuk: Clippers in 5

Final tally: Clippers (16).



Jerry Bembry: Nuggets in 5

Nick DePaula: Nuggets in 6

Nick Friedell: Nuggets in 7

Andrew Han: Nuggets in 6

Andrew Lopez: Nuggets in 5

Tim MacMahon: Nuggets in 7

Bobby Marks: Nuggets in 7

Dave McMenamin: Nuggets in 5

Kevin Pelton: Nuggets in 7

Jorge Sedano: Nuggets in 6

Ramona Shelburne: Nuggets in 6

Andre’ Snellings: Nuggets in 6

Marc Spears: Nuggets in 7

Eric Woodyard: Nuggets in 7

Royce Young: Nuggets in 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Nuggets in 6

Final tally: Nuggets (16).



Jerry Bembry: Thunder in 6

Nick DePaula: Thunder in 6

Nick Friedell: Rockets in 6

Andrew Han: Rockets in 7

Andrew Lopez: Rockets in 7

Tim MacMahon: Thunder in 7

Bobby Marks: Thunder in 6

Dave McMenamin: Rockets in 6

Kevin Pelton: Rockets in 6

Jorge Sedano: Rockets in 6

Ramona Shelburne: Rockets in 6

Andre’ Snellings: Rockets in 6

Marc Spears: Thunder in 7

Eric Woodyard: Rockets in 6

Royce Young: Thunder in 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Rockets in 7

Final tally: Rockets (10), Thunder (6).

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