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ESPN Forecast: New playoff predictions for each Round 1 series

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Who are the new favorites in the NBA playoffs?

Our ESPN Forecast panel predicts the outcome of all eight Round 1 series after two games.

Note: All predictions were made before Game 3 of every series.


(1) Rockets vs. (8) Timberwolves

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Game 3: Saturday | 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN

(4) Thunder vs. (5) Jazz

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Game 3: Saturday | 10 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN

(2) Warriors vs. (7) Spurs

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Game 3: Thursday | 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT

(3) Trail Blazers vs. (6) Pelicans

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Game 3: Thursday | 9 p.m. ET, NBATV

(1) Raptors vs. (8) Wizards

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Game 3: Friday | 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN

(2) Celtics vs. (7) Bucks

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Game 3: Friday | 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN

(3) 76ers vs. (6) Heat

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Game 3: Thursday | 7 p.m. ET, TNT

(4) Cavaliers vs. (5) Pacers

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Game 3: Friday | 7 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN

To join the fan panel, click here. ESPN Forecast is conducted in collaboration with The Wharton School and Microsoft Research.