ESPN Forecast: Who will make the NBA Finals?

The conference finals are here.

Are we getting a Warriors-Cavs Finals rematch? Will the Rockets or Celtics break through?

Our ESPN Forecast panel predicts the winners of the East and West finals and the number of games.

(2) Celtics vs. (4) Cavaliers

Likelihood of winning series

  • ESPN Forecast: Cavaliers 65 percent likely to win; Celtics 35 percent

  • Basketball Power Index: Celtics (72 percent)

  • FiveThirtyEight: Cavaliers (60 percent)

  • Fan panel: Cavaliers (65 percent)


Game 1: Sunday | 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/WatchESPN

(1) Rockets vs. (2) Warriors

Likelihood of winning series

  • ESPN Forecast: Warriors 68 percent likely to win; Rockets 32 percent

  • BPI: Rockets (64 percent)

  • FiveThirtyEight: Rockets (79 percent)

  • Fan panel: Warriors (61 percent)


Game 1: Monday | 9 p.m. ET, TNT

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