5 Bold Predictions Ahead Of 2022 NBA Playoffs

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The 2021-22 NBA regular season came to an end on Sunday. Next up on the schedule is the NBA Play-In Tournament which will lead into the postseason.

The Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, and Charlotte Hornets are taking part in the Eastern Conference. In the Western Conference, the Minnesota Timberwolves, LA Clippers, New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs will be facing off.

The winners in their respective conferences will earn the No. 7 and 8 seeds, completing the 2022 NBA Playoff field. Unlike in years past, this year’s postseason doesn’t have a huge favorite that is head and shoulders above everyone else.

The favorites coming into the regular season, the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, will not be facing off in the NBA Finals. The Lakers didn’t even qualify for a spot in the NBA Play-In Tournament, while the Nets have a long road ahead of them as the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference.

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Up-and-coming teams such as the Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers outperformed expectations in a major way this season. They will now be looking to cement themselves as playoff contenders year in and year out.

We are going to see a lot of great basketball in the next couple of weeks with the best teams in the league facing off. The playoffs always offer up some surprises and unexpected outcomes. What could we expect this year? Here are five bold predictions ahead of the 2022 NBA Playoffs.

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