This year's Eastern Conference playoff match-ups promise to be far less thrilling than the Western Conference ones, but there are still a few diamonds in the rough if you really want to find them. Miami will obviously steamroll Milwaukee, and Indiana will likely have little trouble dispatching the Hawks, but the other two series have some intrigue surrounding them.
Will Boston actually beat the Knicks? Probably not. New York has been one of the league’s best teams for most of the year, outside of that weird stretch after the All-Star break, so one would think they could handle this old, rundown Celtics unit with ease. That being said, Boston has shocked folks who thought they were too old in the past, so would anyone really be that surprised if they did it again?
And when it comes to Brooklyn-Chicago – who really knows. If you compare talent versus talent on paper, the Nets should theoretically prevail. However, if you go by what’s actually happened this year, Chicago is superior to Brooklyn in just about every area aside from a select few offensive categories and offensive efficiency. It will likely come down to whether the Bulls can slow down Brooklyn’s offense, and whether they can find a way to produce offense consistently themselves.
You can check out the entire schedule for the Eastern Conference playoffs below.
Heat (1) vs. Bucks (8)
Game 1: Sun, Apr 21 – 7:00 p.m.
Game 2: Tue, Apr 23 – 7:30 p.m.
Game 3: Thu, Apr 25 – 6:00 p.m.
Game 4: Sun, Apr 28 – 2:30 p.m.
Knicks (2) vs. Celtics (7)
Game 1: Sat, Apr 20 – 3:00 p.m.
Game 2: Tue, Apr 23 – 8:00 p.m.
Game 3: Fri, Apr 26 – 8:00 p.m.
Game 4: Sun, Apr 28 – 1:00 p.m.
Pacers (3) vs. Hawks (6)
Game 1: Sun, Apr 21 – 1:00 p.m.
Game 2: Wed, Apr 24 – 7:30 p.m.
Game 3: Sat, Apr 27 – 7:00 p.m.
Game 4: Mon, Apr 29 – 7:30 p.m.
Nets (4) vs. Bulls (5)
Game 1: Sat, Apr 20 – 8:00 p.m.
Game 2: Mon, Apr 22 – 8:00 p.m.
Game 3: Thu, Apr 25 – 7:30 p.m.
Game 4: Sat, Apr 27 – 1:00 p.m.