SBD’s Consultants Fill Out Their 2021 NBA Playoff Brackets


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James Harden and the Nets determine to be a well-liked title choose. (Photograph by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

  • The 16-team 2021 NBA Playoffs begin on Saturday, Could Twenty second
  • Every member of SBD’s editorial workforce has accomplished their bracket
  • See which upsets every knowledgeable is selecting, together with their finest wager to win the 2021 NBA title

The 2021 NBA Playoffs formally start the weekend of Could Twenty second-Twenty third. With the Play-In Match formally wrapped up, the Bucks and Warmth get us happening Saturday afternoon with each collection in motion this weekend.

The favourite within the NBA Championship odds heading into the playoffs are the Brooklyn Nets, at common odds of +232. LeBron James and the Lakers are the following betting favourite, will they be assembly the Nets within the Finals – or is one other matchup destined to occur?

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2021 NBA Championship Picks

SBD Knowledgeable Decide Odds at DraftKings
Ryan Sura Brooklyn Nets +250
Ryan Metivier Utah Jazz +700
Sascha Paruk Brooklyn Nets +250
Mitch Robson Philadelphia 76ers +700
Matt McEwan Brooklyn Nets +250

Other than their NBA Championship picks, you may get a full have a look at every staffer’s bracket beneath:

Ryan Sura Ryan Metivier | Sascha Paruk | Mitch Robson| Matt McEwan

Ryan Sura’s NBA Playoffs Bracket

Ryan Sura’s 2021 NBA Championship Winner

Having Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden all on the identical workforce needs to be a federal offense. Since that’s not the case within the NBA, I shall be rolling with the Brooklyn Nets to win the Larry O’Brien.


The trio has solely performed eight video games collectively (5.8% of Nets common season minutes), however that doesn’t take away the truth that these three gamers are thought of to be the deadliest scorers within the league. The Nets have a sneaky quantity of depth as effectively, by way of seasoned veterans and keen younger weapons. +250 isn’t a glamorous quantity by any stretch. When the books are attempting to get bettors to achieve for longer odds, I’m going with the extra apparent choose this yr.

Ryan Metivier’s NBA Playoffs Bracket

Ryan Metiviers’s 2021 NBA Championship Decide

I really feel kinda soiled selecting a ultimate 4 with all the highest 4 seeds. However then once more, not many are taking the Jazz to go the space, so I nonetheless really feel slightly contrarian.

The Jazz are the league’s high workforce, have solely misplaced 5 occasions at Vivint Area and completed the season with wins in seven of 9 video games. They ended sturdy with out the companies of Donovan Mitchell who has had a career-year in factors and assists. Nonetheless, his ankle harm appears to be enhancing and their star guard is getting ready to be prepared for Sport 1 of the playoffs.


Utah had one of the best report, ranked fifth ATS, 1st in rebounding, 4th in complete offense and third in protection.

The Clippers weren’t nice down the stretch and LeBron has been coping with accidents of his personal, so the Jazz, on the barely higher value (in comparison with the highest 4) are my choose for the title.

Sascha Paruk’s NBA Playoffs Bracket

Sascha Paruk’s 2021 NBA Championship Decide

Does my bracket really want an evidence? I’ve LeBron dropping within the Finals to the workforce with three of the ten finest gamers within the NBA.

There’s a modicum of historic precedent, wouldn’t you say? Perhaps this would be the yr a balanced workforce just like the Utah Jazz overcome the top-heavy Lakers and Nets. If that’s the case, I’ll revise my strategy to betting on the NBA playoffs…subsequent season.

1st Spherical Upset: Mavericks (+300)

My massive first-round upset choose – Dallas over LAC – is extra of a value play (which means, I most likely wouldn’t use it in a bracket contest). At +300, the Mavs are being undervalued. Luka Doncic and firm took two of three from the Clippers within the common season and Dallas was equally good residence and away (21-15).

I might not be the least shocked if the Mavs take a 2-1 lead within the collection, or are a minimum of degree by way of 4 video games, supplying you with alternatives to reassess the matchup with the chances extra in your favor.

Mitch Robson’s NBA Playoffs Bracket


Mitch Robson’s 2021 NBA Championship Decide

  • Philadelphia 76ers (+700)

The Sixers have seemingly been written off as losers to the Nets within the East, and I simply don’t see it taking place. Whereas the three Nets superstars have put up an offensive ranking of report ranges when sharing the ground collectively – I’m not trusting that teeny, tiny pattern measurement to carry up on the subject of the gruelling take a look at of a Finals run.

Joel Embiid is enjoying at an MVP degree, and if he’s as locked in as he’s been for almost all of this season I can’t see any workforce with the ability to absolutely comprise him. Whereas the offensive limitations of Ben Simmons are identified, Daryl Morey has assembled a supporting forged that may rating sufficient whereas they sport what might probably be one of the best – and most versatile protection within the postseason.

Matt McEwan’s NBA Playoffs Bracket

Matt McEwan’s 2021 NBA Championship Decide

With James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant having solely performed eight complete video games collectively this season, I do count on the Nets to undergo by way of some rising pains early within the playoffs. Nonetheless, even a Nets workforce enjoying at 70-80% of their potential is sweet sufficient to stroll by way of the Jaylen Brown-less Celtics and even get by the Bucks within the second spherical.

By the point they need to face the Sixers, they’ll have discovered their groove. With Harden settling into extra of a facilitator position, Brooklyn is simply too deadly on offense and surprisingly environment friendly (+7.2 web ranking with the three on the ground collectively). The Lakers will present some resistance within the NBA Finals, however I merely don’t foresee their league-best protection fazing the Nets.

First Spherical Upset – Blazers Over Nuggets

This technically isn’t an upset primarily based on the chances, however it’s the closest factor I’ve to an upset within the first spherical.

Though it appears the Nuggets have realized to play with out Jamal Murray – posted a 0.722 successful proportion since his season-ending knee harm – the Blazers are available in even hotter, having received 10 of their final 12, and are absolutely wholesome.

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