NBA experts' picks for the East finals, West finals and NBA Finals

Although it's the opening night of the 2021-22 NBA Season, our experts already look ahead to the next season.
Are the Eastern Conference finals previews possible with Tuesday's game between Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks?

The playoff series between these two juggernauts was decided by Kevin Durant's foot. Last year, Game 7 saw the Nets lose to the eventual champion Bucks. Is it possible for these two teams to rematch their previous match? Will a Durant-James Harden healthy duo be enough for the defending champions to fall?

Are the retooled Los Angeles Lakers likely to make it to the Western Conference finals as they are now? Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony joined LeBron James out West. But will this be enough to compete in a tough conference. Will Donovan Mitchell's Utah Jazz finally make it to the NBA Finals? Klay Thompson's return will lift the Golden State Warriors to the top in the West.

Which team is best suited to win it all? Will James win his fifth title as a Nets player? Can the Nets win a championship with Kyrie Irving as a third star? Giannis Antetokounmpo, the reigning Finals MVP, will defend his title. Our experts predict matchups for the conference finals as well as the NBA Finals.

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Finals of the Eastern Conference

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Tim Bontemps: Bucks vs. Nets

Jamal Collier: Nets more than Bucks

Nick DePaula: Nets Over Bucks

Nick Friedell: Nets Over Bucks

Israel Gutierrez: Heat over Bucks

Tim Legler: Bucks are better than nets

Andrew Lopez: Nets Over Bucks

Tim MacMahon: Nets more than Bucks

Bobby Marks: Heat wins over Nets

Dave McMenamin: Nets more than Bucks

Kevin Pelton: Bucks vs. Nets

Jorge Sedano: Heat is not for you

Ramona Shelburne: Nets more than Bucks

Andr Snellings: Bucks over Nets

Marc J. Spears: Nets Over Bucks

Ohm Youngmisuk - Nets more than Bucks

Results (East champion): Nets 10, Bucks 5 Heat 1.

Finals of the Western Conference

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Tim Bontemps: Jazz over Suns

Jamal Collier: Suns Over Lakers

Nick DePaula: Suns over Suns

Nick Friedell: Jazz over Lakers

Israel Gutierrez: Lakers over Jazz

Tim Legler: Lakers vs Suns

Andrew Lopez: Jazz over Lakers

Tim MacMahon: Nuggets vs. Lakers

Bobby Marks: Jazz over Lakers

Dave McMenamin: Suns over Lakers

Kevin Pelton: Suns over Lakers

Jorge Sedano: Nuggets over Lakers

Ramona Shelburne: Lakers over Jazz

Andr Snellings: Lakers over Nuggets

Marc J. Spears: Lakers vs Warriors

Ohm Youngmisuk - Lakers over Warriors

Results (West champion): Lakers 10, Jazz 3, Nuggets 1, Suns 1, Warriors 1.

Finals of the NBA

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Tim Bontemps: Bucks over Jazz

Jamal Collier: Nets vs. Suns

Nick DePaula: Nets vs Warriors

Nick Friedell: Jazz over Nets

Israel Gutierrez: Bucks vs. Lakers

Tim Legler: Lakers vs. Bucks

Andrew Lopez: Nets vs. Lakers

Tim MacMahon: Nuggets are better than nets

Bobby Marks: Heat over Jazz

Dave McMenamin: Nets vs. Lakers

Kevin Pelton: Bucks vs. Lakers

Jorge Sedano: Nets over Lakers

Ramona Shelburne: Nets over Lakers

Andr Snellings: Bucks over Lakers

Marc J. Spears: Nets vs. Lakers

Ohm Youngmisuk - Nets over Lakers

Results (NBA champions): Nets 8, Bucks 4, Lakers 3 and Heat 1.