NBA experts’ predictions for Nets-Bucks and every conference semifinals matchup

After a thrilling play-in tournament and opening-round action that saw the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers get bounced by the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks sweep the reigning Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat, we’ve reached the conference semifinals.

What will the Suns do for an encore against the Denver Nuggets? Can the Philadelphia 76ers hold off Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks if big man Joel Embiid is less than 100 percent? Who will win the heavyweight bout between the Brooklyn Nets and Bucks?

Our panel of NBA experts is picking every second-round series.

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Eastern Conference semifinals

Philadelphia 76ers (1) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5)

Jerry Bembry: 76ers in 6

Nick DePaula: 76ers in 6

Nick Friedell: 76ers in 6

Tim Legler: 76ers in 7

Tim MacMahon: 76ers in 6

Bobby Marks: Hawks in 6

Dave McMenamin: 76ers in 6

Monica McNutt: 76ers in 6

Kevin Pelton: 76ers in 6

Jorge Sedano: 76ers in 6

Ramona Shelburne: 76ers in 7

André Snellings: Hawks in 6

Marc J. Spears: 76ers in 6

Royce Young: 76ers in 6

Ohm Youngmisuk: 76ers in 7

Final tally: 76ers (13), Hawks (2).

Brooklyn Nets (2) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (3)

Jerry Bembry: Nets in 6

Nick DePaula: Nets in 6

Nick Friedell: Bucks in 6

Tim Legler: Nets in 6

Tim MacMahon: Nets in 7

Bobby Marks: Nets in 7

Dave McMenamin: Nets in 6

Monica McNutt: Bucks in 7

Kevin Pelton: Nets in 7

Jorge Sedano: Nets in 7

Ramona Shelburne: Nets in 7

André Snellings: Bucks in 6

Marc J. Spears: Nets in 7

Royce Young: Nets in 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Nets in 6

Final tally: Nets (12), Bucks (3).

Western Conference semifinals

Phoenix Suns (2) vs. Denver Nuggets (3)

Jerry Bembry: Suns in 6

Nick DePaula: Suns in 6

Nick Friedell: Suns in 6

Tim Legler: Nuggets in 7

Tim MacMahon: Suns in 7

Bobby Marks: Suns in 6

Dave McMenamin: Suns in 7

Monica McNutt: Suns in 7

Kevin Pelton: Suns in 7

Jorge Sedano: Suns in 7

Ramona Shelburne: Suns in 7

André Snellings: Suns in 7

Marc J. Spears: Suns in 7

Royce Young: Suns in 7

Ohm Youngmisuk: Nuggets in 7

Final tally: Suns (13), Nuggets (2).

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