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

We're coming down the home stretch in the 2019 NBA playoffs as one half of the NBA Finals matchup is set.

The Golden State Warriors secured their place in the NBA Finals after they swept the Portland Trail Blazers earlier this month. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Toronto Raptors have battled back from a 0-2 series deficit against the Milwaukee Bucks and currently hold a 3-2 series lead after a 105-99 victory on Thursday. On Saturday, the Raptors have a chance to wrap up the series.

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 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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