Sportsnet NBA Insider picks and predictions for 2023-24 season

Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes. (Brandon Dill/AP)

Which two teams will meet in the NBA Finals?

How many games will the Raptors win this season?

And who is most likely to challenge Victor Wembanyama for the Rookie of the Year Award?

With the new NBA season upon us, we asked our panel of NBA insiders and contributors for their picks and predictions on all those questions and more.

Here’s what they had to say.

EASTERN CONFERENCE DIVISION WINNERS

ATLANTIC

CENTRAL

SOUTHEAST

Michael Grange

Boston

Cleveland

Orlando

William Lou

Boston

Milwaukee

Miami

Boston

Cleveland

Atlanta

Boston

Milwaukee

Atlanta

Boston

Milwaukee

Miami

Boston

Milwaukee

Miami

Boston

Milwaukee

Miami

Boston

Milwaukee

Miami

Boston

Milwaukee

Atlanta

WESTERN CONFERENCE DIVISION WINNERS

NORTHWEST

PACIFIC

SOUTHWEST

Michael Grange

Minnesota

Golden State

Memphis

William Lou

Denver

LA Lakers

Memphis

Blake Murphy

Denver

Phoenix

Memphis

Alex Wong

Denver

Golden State

Memphis

Donnovan Bennett

Denver

Golden State

New Orleans

Savanna Hamilton

Denver

Phoenix

Dallas

Eric Smith

Denver

Phoenix

Dallas

Kai Gammage

Denver

Sacramento

New Orleans

Kellen Forrest

Denver

Phoenix

New Orleans

NBA FINALS PREDICTIONS

EAST CHAMPS

WEST CHAMPS

NBA CHAMPS

Michael Grange

Boston

Golden State

Golden State

William Lou

Milwaukee

Denver

Denver

Blake Murphy

Milwaukee

Phoenix

Milwaukee

Alex Wong

Milwaukee

LA Clippers

LA Clippers

Donnovan Bennett

Milwaukee

Golden State

Golden State

Savanna Hamilton

Milwaukee

Denver

Denver

Eric Smith

Boston

Phoenix

Boston

Kai Gammage

Milwaukee

Denver

Denver

Kellen Forrest

Boston

Phoenix

Boston

TEAM MOST LIKELY TO …

EXCEED EXPECTATIONS

DISAPPOINT

Michael Grange

Cleveland

Milwaukee

William Lou

Toronto

Philadelphia

Blake Murphy

Orlando

Miami

Alex Wong

Indiana

Minnesota

Donnovan Bennett

Oklahoma City

LA Clippers

Savanna Hamilton

Oklahoma City

Philadelphia

Eric Smith

Toronto

Sacramento

Kai Gammage

Minnesota

Dallas

Kellen Forrest

Indiana

Dallas

NBA PLAYER AWARDS

MVP

SIXTH MAN

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Michael Grange

Nikola Jokic

Rui Hachimura

Bam Adebayo

William Lou

Nikola Jokic

Norman Powell

Jaren Jackson Jr.

Blake Murphy

Luka Doncic

Derrick White

Jaren Jackson Jr.

Alex Wong

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Norman Powell

Jaren Jackson Jr.

Donnovan Bennett

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Chris Paul

Dillon Brooks

Savanna Hamilton

Nikola Jokic

Immanuel Quickley

Evan Mobley

Eric Smith

Jayson Tatum

Malik Monk

Bam Adebayo

Kai Gammage

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Malik Monk

Jaden McDaniels

Kellen Forrest

Jayson Tatum

Immanuel Quickley

Bam Adebayo

PLAYER MOST LIKELY TO …

CHALLENGE WEMBY FOR ROTY

HAVE BREAKOUT SEASON

Michael Grange

Scoot Henderson

Franz Wagner

William Lou

Chet Holmgren

Scottie Barnes

Blake Murphy

Chet Holmgren

Franz Wagner

Alex Wong

Chet Holmgren

Jonathon Kuminga

Donnovan Bennett


Scoot Henderson

Jonathon Kuminga

Savanna Hamilton


Chet Holmgren

Shaedon Sharpe

Eric Smith


Scoot Henderson

Mikal Bridges

Kai Gammage


Chet Holmgren

Devin Vassell

Kellen Forrest

Chet Holmgren

Bennedict Mathurin

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WHICH DUO ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING?

Michael Grange

Nikola Jokic + Jamal Murray

William Lou

Nikola Jokic + Jamal Murray

Blake Murphy

William Lou + Alex Wong

Alex Wong

Victor Wembanyama + any teammate

Donnovan Bennett

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander + Chet Holmgren

Savanna Hamilton

Giannis Antetokounmpo + Damian Lillard

Eric Smith

Steph Curry + Chris Paul

Kai Gammage

Franz Wagner + Paolo Banchero

Kellen Forrest

Nikola Jokic + Jamal Murray

WHAT JERSEY WILL JAMES HARDEN BE WEARING AFTER TRADE DEADLINE?

Michael Grange

LA Clippers

William Lou

Miami

Blake Murphy

Philadelphia

Alex Wong

LA Clippers

Donnovan Bennett

LA Clippers

Savanna Hamilton

Atlanta

Eric Smith

Miami

Kai Gammage

LA Clippers

Kellen Forrest

LA Clippers

HOW MANY GAMES WILL THE RAPTORS WIN THIS SEASON?

Michael Grange

44

William Lou

44

Blake Murphy

40

Alex Wong

44

Donnovan Bennett

50

Savanna Hamilton

47

Eric Smith

44

Kai Gammage

44

Kellen Forrest

41

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