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Welcome back to the Brew Hoop Round Table, where we ask that everybody use coasters and please don’t feed the pugs from the table, thanks. Today, a few of us stayed late from the larger meeting and went through to pick the entire NBA Playoffs, series by series, round by round. The brackets are obviously biased towards the Milwaukee Bucks, but where else does our bias shine through?


Mitchell: The Golden State Warriors are going to run the West, I don’t think anybody will really disagree. I think the Houston Rockets drew the short end of the stick against the Utah Jazz in the first round, and Jusuf Nurkic being hurt will tank the Portland Trailblazers against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Denver Nuggets will present somewhat of a threat to Golden State, but it’ll be another Finals appearance for them.

In the East, I’m pushing my chips in the middle of the table for Milwaukee. Marcus Smart’s absence hurts the Boston Celtics, the Brooklyn Nets will be a surprise test for the Philadelphia 76ers, and I just think that the Bucks can beat the Toronto Raptors (though it won’t be easy).

And in the Finals? I have to go with the Bucks. Golden State is one of the league’s best dynasties, but a feeling in my gut tells me to lock it in. Bucks in six forever.

Summary

Western Conference

Golden State over Los Angeles in 4, Utah over Houston in 6, OKC over Portland in 7, Denver over San Antonio in 5

Golden State over Utah in 5, Denver over OKC in 4

Golden State over Denver in 7

Eastern Conference

Milwaukee over Detroit in 4, Boston over Indiana in 6, Philadelphia over Brooklyn in 7, Toronto over Orlando in 5

Milwaukee over Boston in 6, Toronto over Philadelphia in 5

Milwaukee over Toronto in 7

NBA Finals: Milwaukee over Golden State in 6

Kyle: I really do think Milwaukee can win the whole thing. The Eastern Conference mostly chooses itself, besides the Philly/Toronto matchup. If Joel Embiid misses significant time, it makes Toronto’s path easier.

I like Oklahoma City’s path through the bracket; Denver is good but I think the Thunder make it to the conference finals. The Warriors are still going to be the favorites, but this is Brew Hoop so I’m picking Milwaukee!

Summary

Western Conference

Golden State over Los Angeles in 5, Houston over Utah in 5, OKC over Portland in 6, Denver over San Antonio in 7

Golden State over Houston in 6, OKC over Denver in 7

Golden State over OKC in 6

Eastern Conference

Milwaukee over Detroit in 4, Boston over Indiana in 7, Philadelphia over Brooklyn in 5 (or 6), Toronto over Orlando in 5

Milwaukee over Boston in 6, Toronto over Philadelphia in 7

Milwaukee over Toronto in 6

NBA Finals: Milwaukee over Golden State in 7

Andrew: The other two brackets are boring, so here are some takes. Philadelphia shocks Toronto and makes the ECF. Portland bests OKC, only to be rolled by the surprise Spurs, who make it all the way to the WCF.

In the end, though, it’s still the Warriors and Bucks. I’m ready to risk it all, Milwaukee over Golden State!

Summary

Western Conference

Golden State over Los Angeles in 4, Utah over Houston in 6, Portland over OKC in 6, San Antonio over Denver in 7

Golden State over Utah in 4, San Antonio over Portland in 5

Golden State over San Antonio in 7

Eastern Conference

Milwaukee over Detroit in 5, Indiana over Boston in 7, Philadelphia over Brooklyn in 5, Toronto over Orlando in 4

Milwaukee over Boston in 6, Philadelphia over Toronto in 7

Milwaukee over Philadelphia in 5

NBA Finals: Milwaukee over Golden State in 7


Clearly, Bucks fans are confident. In that vein, I think we can all agree that this bracket is the bracket to end all brackets:

How about you? How do you think the playoffs will shake out, East and West? Who’s your conference champ, trophy winner, and upset pick (or picks)? Let us know in the comments; the playoffs start tomorrow!