Sportsnet Raptors Insiders 2019 NBA Playoffs Predictions

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The NBA Playoffs begin today and we’ve assembled a panel of Raptors Insiders to take a shot at predicting the always unpredictable four-round tournament.

Our panelists have shared their picks for first-round winners, Eastern and Western Conference champions, NBA Finals MVP and the NBA Finals winner.

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(No. 1) vs. (No. 8)
Michael Grange: Milwaukee in 4
Paul Jones: Milwuakee 5
Donnovan Bennett: Milwaukee in 5
Eric Smith: Milwaukee in 5
Arden Zwelling: Milwaukee in 5
Brad Fay: Milwaukee in 6
Dave Zarum: Milwaukee in 5
Steven Loung: Milwaukee in 4

(No. 2) vs. (No. 7)

G1 Sat., April 13, Orlando @ Toronto, 5 p.m. ET, Sportsnet ONE
G2 Tues., April 16, Orlando @ Toronto, 8 p.m. ET
G3 Fri., April 19, Toronto @ Orlando, 7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet ONE
G4 Sun., April 21, Toronto @ Orlando, 7 p.m. ET
G5* Tues., April 23, Orlando @ Toronto, TBD
G6* Thurs., April 25, Toronto @ Orlando, TBD, Sportsnet ONE
G7* Sun., April 27, Orlando @ Toronto, TBD
* if necessary

Michael Grange: Toronto in 5
Paul Jones: Toronto in 5
Donnovan Bennett: Toronto in 4
Eric Smith: Toronto in 6
Arden Zwelling: Toronto in 5
Brad Fay: Toronto in 5
Dave Zarum: Toronto in 4
Steven Loung: Toronto in 4

(No. 3) vs. (No. 6)
Michael Grange: Philadelphia in 6
Paul Jones: Philadelphia in 6
Donnovan Bennett: Philadelphia in 6
Eric Smith: Philadelphia in 5
Arden Zwelling: Philadelphia in 5
Brad Fay: Philadelphia in 7
Dave Zarum: Philadelphia in 6
Steven Loung: Philadelphia in 5

(No. 4) vs. (No. 5)
Michael Grange: Boston in 5
Paul Jones: Boston in 7
Donnovan Bennett: Indiana in 7
Eric Smith: Boston in 6
Arden Zwelling: Boston in 7
Brad Fay: Boston in 5
Dave Zarum: Boston in 6
Steven Loung: Indiana in 7

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(No. 1) vs. (No. 8)
Michael Grange: Golden State in 5
Paul Jones: Golden State in 5
Donnovan Bennett: Golden State in 4
Eric Smith: Golden State in 5
Arden Zwelling: Golden State in 4
Brad Fay: Golden State in 4
Dave Zarum: Golden State in 5
Steven Loung: Golden State in 5

(No. 2) vs. (No. 7)
Michael Grange: San Antonio in 7
Paul Jones: San Antonio in 6
Donnovan Bennett: San Antonio in 7
Eric Smith: San Antonio in 7
Arden Zwelling: San Antonio in 7
Brad Fay: Denver in 7
Dave Zarum: Denver in 6
Steven Loung: Denver in 6

(No. 3) vs. (No. 6)
Michael Grange: Oklahoma City in 6
Paul Jones: Oklahoma City in 6
Donnovan Bennett: Portland in 7
Eric Smith: Oklahoma City in 6
Arden Zwelling: Oklahoma City in 6
Brad Fay: Portland in 7
Dave Zarum: Oklahoma City in 6
Steven Loung: Oklahoma City in 6

(No. 4) vs. (No. 5)
Michael Grange: Houston in 6
Paul Jones: Houston in 6
Donnovan Bennett: Houston in 4
Eric Smith: Houston in 5
Arden Zwelling: Houston in 7
Brad Fay: Houston in 6
Dave Zarum: Houston in 7
Steven Loung: Houston in 7

East Champion West Champion NBA Champion FInals MVP
Michael Grange Toronto Houston Houston Harden
Paul Jones Toronto Golden State Golden State Durant
Donnovan Bennett Toronto Golden State Golden State Curry
Eric Smith Milwaukee Golden State Golden State Curry
Arden Zwelling Toronto Golden State Golden State Durant
Brad Fay Toronto Golden State Golden State Durant
Dave Zarum Milwaukee Golden State Golden State Curry
Steven Loung Toronto Golden State Toronto Leonard

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