2019 NBA playoffs predictions, brackets: Experts pick Warriors to win another title, split on their Finals opponent

We're nearing the final stage of the 2019 NBA playoffs as one team has already punched its ticket into the Finals. 

While the Golden State Warriors have claimed their spot in the NBA Finals after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers, the Eastern Conference finals are from decided. After trailing 2-0 in the series, the Toronto Raptors managed to even things up with the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night by coming away with a 120-102 victory at Scotiabank Arena. 

Prior to the playoffs, we asked our panel of NBA experts to fill out brackets and tell us who'll end up winning the whole thing. The unanimous answer came as a surprise to absolutely nobody: The Golden State Warriors. However, there was a lot of disagreement about which team will face them in the Finals. 

Although all of our experts correctly picked the Warriors to get to the Finals, other predictions didn't pan out so well. Here's a look at how the CBS Sports NBA experts saw this postseason playing out.

Raja Bell

NBA Finals: Warriors over Raptors

Upsets: Thunder over Trail Blazers, Thunder over Nuggets, Raptors over Bucks

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Bill Reiter

NBA Finals: Warriors over Bucks

Upsets: Thunder over Trail Blazers, Thunder over Nuggets

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Reid Forgrave

NBA Finals: Warriors over Raptors

Upsets: Thunder over Trail Blazers, Thunder over Nuggets, Raptors over Bucks

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James Herbert

NBA Finals: Warriors over Raptors

Upsets: Thunder over Trail Blazers, Thunder over Nuggets, Raptors over Bucks

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Brad Botkin

NBA Finals: Warriors over Bucks

Upsets: Trail Blazers over Nuggets

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Colin Ward-Henninger

NBA Finals: Warriors over Raptors

Upsets: Thunder over Trail Blazers, Thunder over Nuggets, Raptors over Bucks

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Jack Maloney

NBA Finals: Warriors over Bucks

Upsets: Thunder over Trail Blazers

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Christopher Bengel

NBA Finals: Warriors over Raptors

Upsets: Thunder over Trail Blazers, Spurs over Nuggets, Pacers over Celtics, Raptors over Bucks

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Michael Kaskey-Blomain

NBA Finals: Warriors over 76ers

Upsets: Thunder over Trail Blazers, Spurs over Nuggets, 76ers over Raptors, 76ers over Bucks

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DJ Siddiqi

NBA Finals: Warriors over Bucks

Upsets: Thunder over Trail Blazers, Thunder over Nuggets

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