NBA conference finals expert predictions: Bucks end Hawks’ strong playoff run, likely to meet Suns in Finals

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For six years, Chris Paul did everything in his power to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to the NBA Finals. Now, only one side will have the chance to get there. Paul’s Phoenix Suns face those Clippers in the Western Conference finals, and the winner will have a chance to earn the NBA championship that has eluded both for decades.

Of course, Paul will miss an undetermined amount of time due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. The Clippers are missing a star of their own as Kawhi Leonard is out due to a knee injury. They don’t know when he will be back either, and that makes this one of the most unpredictable series of the postseason.

In the Eastern Conference, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks got past the Brooklyn Nets for their second conference finals appearance in three years. They get Trae Young and the surprising Atlanta Hawks, who knocked off the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in seven games.

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