NBA playoff predictions: Forecasting both big matchups in the East

Which two teams will win the Eastern Conference semifinals, and how many games will each series go?

Our ESPN Forecast panel predicts Celtics-Bucks and 76ers-Raptors.

Note: All predictions made before Game 1 of each series. Forecast predictions represent percentage of total votes. BPI and 538 predictions represent likelihood to win.

(2) Raptors vs. (3) 76ers

Likelihood of winning series

  • ESPN Forecast: Raptors 65 percent | 76ers 35 percent

  • Basketball Power Index: Raptors (75 percent)

  • 538: Raptors (81 percent)


Game 1: Saturday | 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT

(1) Bucks vs. (4) Celtics

Likelihood of winning series


Game 1: Sunday | 1 p.m. ET, ABC

Which East team will make the NBA Finals?

ESPN Forecast (percentage of votes)

  • ​Bucks: 67 percent

  • Raptors: 19 percent

  • Celtics: 14 percent

  • 76ers: 0 percent

Basketball Power Index (projections)

  • ​Bucks: 55.5 percent

  • Raptors: 29.3 percent

  • Celtics: 9.9 percent

  • 76ers: 5.3 percent

538 (projections)

  • ​Raptors: 54 percent

  • Bucks: 34 percent

  • 76ers: 7 percent

  • Celtics: 5 percent

Image credits: David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images; Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty Images; Rick Madonik/Toronto Star/Getty Images

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