2023 NBA First-Round Playoff Matchups

May 9, 2023


The NBA playoffs is an annual best-of-seven tournament. The most recent champions were The Golden State Warriors.

The NBA playoffs are always an exciting time of the year. In the past 4 years, we have seen 4 different champions. This year, the league hopes to make it 5. Here’s a look at the first-round playoff matchups for the 2023 season.

Western Conference:

1.  Denver Nuggets vs. 8. Minnesota Timberwolves.

Experts have the Nuggets beating the Timberwolves in 5 games (4-1).

2. Memphis Grizzlies vs. 7. Los Angeles Lakers.

Experts have the Grizzlies beating the Lakers in 6 games (4-2).

3. Sacramento Kings vs. 6. Golden State Warriors.

Experts have the Warriors beating the Kings in 7 games (4-3).

4. Phoenix Suns vs. 5. Los Angeles Clippers.

Experts have the Suns beating the Clippers in 7 games (4-3).


Eastern Conference:

1. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 8. Miami Heat.

Experts have the Bucks beating the Heat in 5 games (4-1).

2. Boston Celtics vs. 7. Atlanta Hawks.

Experts have the Celtics beating the Hawks in 5 games (4-1).

3. Philadelphia 76ers vs. 6. Brooklyn Nets.

Experts have the 76ers beating the Nets in 6 games (4-2).

4.  Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 5. New York Knicks. 

Experts have the Cavaliers beating the Knicks in 7 games (4-3).


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