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ESPN Forecast: Predicting winners for first round of NBA playoffs

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You can't win a championship if your defense stinks (1:15)

Tom Haberstroh goes inside the numbers to reveal why it will be very difficult for Cleveland to repeat as NBA champions. (1:15)

Who will advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs? We polled the ESPN Forecast panel of experts.

Here are the results, displaying each team's chances to win the series, along with predictions from ESPN's Basketball Power Index (BPI), FiveThirtyEight and a fan poll.


ESPN Forecast: Celtics get past Bulls

ESPN Forecast: Cavs advance toward title defense

ESPN Forecast: Raptors handle Bucks

ESPN Forecast: Wizards eliminate Hawks

ESPN Forecast: Warriors extinguish Blazers

ESPN Forecast: Spurs beat Grizzlies again

ESPN Forecast: Rockets take out OKC

ESPN Forecast: Clips edge Jazz

ESPN Forecast and the fan panel predictions were conducted in coordination with Microsoft Research. Join the fan panel here.