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Tank's NBA Playoffs Conference Finals Preview

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Eastern Conference Finals

  • (1) Boston Celtics vs. (6) Indiana Pacers
  • Celtics in Four

This series will be over quickly unless the Indiana Pacers can use their voodoo dolls to injure the Boston Celtics starters. The Pacers barely slipped by a Knicks team in seven games that resembled a ninja warrior fighting to his last breath and only losing because he bled out. Before the Knicks, the Pacers defeated a Bucks team without their two best players and needed six games, winning just one game on the road in both series. 

Other than slip-ups in two Game 2s, the Celtics have dominated each of their first two rounds, needing five games to dispatch the Heat and the Cavaliers. This series has all the makings of an ass-kicking. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been a lethal 1-2 punch for Boston, averaging more than 23 points and six rebounds per game. Unlike the Knicks and Bucks, the Celtics could get a boost from Kristaps Porziginis, who is slated to return when the series shifts to Indiana. The Pacers have done well, but they should enjoy the short time they have left this season. It will be tricky with Dave Portnoy dancing on their helpless souls as the Celtics sweep. 

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  • Series MVP: 
  • Jaylen Brown, Celtics

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Western Conference Finals

  • (3) Minnesota Timberwolves vs. (5) Dallas Mavericks
  • Mavericks in Seven

The Dallas Mavericks have two legitimate closers, including Kyrie Irving, who has championship experience. I give them a slight edge over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have emerged as an NBA powerhouse behind Anthony Edwards' stellar play. Edwards has put the league on notice with his postseason, as he is poised to become the NBA's next marquee star attraction. He has shown the killer instinct and the drive of Michael Jordan. The Mavericks have been solid in beating the Clippers and Thunders without home court, as they have played better on the road. This series will be a battle from start to finish, as it has the makings of a seven-game war. The Mavericks have more weapons to draw from, with Luka Doncic averaging 27-9-9 in the postseason. The time will come for the Timberwolves. This team will go into next year as a favorite in the West, but the only way they can win this series is if  Ant shuts down Luka as he did Jamal Murray.

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  • Series MVP:
  • Luka Doncic, Mavericks



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