NBA playoffs: Second-round predictions from USA TODAY Sports' experts


SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down the Cavs’ Game 7 win over the Pacers and looks ahead to their next series against the Raptors.

Outside of the New Orleans Pelicans making history with their sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers, USA TODAY’s early predictions mostly hit in the first round of the postseason.

That should happen in the opening round of the playoffs, theoretically the easiest to predict.

But with a round of added knowledge and an idea of what each team looks like in its playoff distillation (the Cavs are still LeBron James and the others), USA TODAY’s NBA desk took a crack at predicting the second round.

Keep in mind that second-round series Golden State vs. New Orleans had started before the first round was entirely over. We assure you that our picks were in before the start of any second round games.

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