The NBA Finals have finally gotten underway following the postponement of the NBA Regular `Season due to the global pandemic that has swept across the world.
The single-site campus at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, has been the base for the rescheduled basketball campaign, as the League and the players looked to try and protect themselves as much as possible. 22 of the 30 teams decided to take part in the restart with Eastern and Western Conferences being modified. Split into two basketball groups of 11, they initially looked like this:
NBA Eastern Conference:
Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards.
NBA Western Conference:
Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns.
NBA 2020 Playoffs
Following the conclusion of the Regular Season, the NBA Finals had been filled out with the best 16 teams taking part.
Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets competed in the Eastern Conference bracket.
Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, LA Clippers and Dallas Mavericks all made it to the Western Conference bracket.
NBA Round One results
Round One has competed as a series of best-of-seven, in which the winners of the stage would then progress to the Conference Semifinals, with the aim of then progressing to the Conference Finals and then the NBA Finals.
Eastern Conference Results:
Milwaukee Bucks defeated Orlando Magic 4-1 (110-122; 111-96; 121-107; 121-106; 118-104)
Miami Heat defeated Indiana Pacers 4-0 (113-101; 109-100; 124-115; 99-87)
Boston Celtics defeated Philadelphia 76ers 4-0 (109-101; 128-101; 102-94; 110-106)
Toronto Raptors defeated Brooklyn Nets 4-0 (134-110; 104-99; 117-92; 150-122)
Western Conference Results:
LA Lakers defeated Portland Trail Blazers 4-1 (93-100; 111-88; 116-108; 135-115; 131-122)
Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder 3-2* (123-108; 111-98; 107-119 (OT); 114-117; 114-80) Game six to be played 2nd September.
Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz 3-3* (135-125 (OT); 105-124; 87-124; 127-129; 117-107; 119-107) Game seven to be played 1st September.
LA Clippers defeated Dallas Mavericks 4-2 (118-110; 114-127; 130-122; 133-135 (OT); 154-111; 111-97)
NBA Basketball Predictions
The Eastern Conference has already been determined in regards to the NBA Conference Semifinals, with Milwaukee and Miami going up against each other in one contest, whereas Boston will take on Toronto in the other. All four basketball teams are incredibly strong and each match is likely to produce a number of high scores, whilst it would not be a surprise if each series is required to go the distance.
So far, only the two LA sides have been able to secure their place in the next stage of the NBA Finals and both await their next opponent. LeBron James’ LA Lakers will face either Houston or Oklahoma whereas the Clippers will face either Denver or Utah. Again, all four basketball sides are strong opponents and will all fancy their chances as they have all put up over 100 points in each contest bar three.
NBA Overall winner
Picking an overall winner at this stage of the NBA Finals can be a rather difficult decision to make, however, it would not be a shock to see the Toronto Raptors and LA Lakers compete in the NBA Final. Both sides have been able to put up a number of points in each fixture played, whilst they have almost dominated their knockout round games already.
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