Key Match: Durant vs. Jayson Tatum. For the Celtics to have a chance to upset, it will fall on Tatum’s shoulders.
N ° 3 MILWAUKEE BUCKS (46-26) vs. N ° 6 MIAMI HEAT (40-32)
Season streak: Bucks, 2-1.
History: Milwaukee lost to the Heat on Miami’s path to the Eastern Conference title last season, and the Bucks are clearly looking forward to making the playoff rematch. “We wanted it,” Bucks owner Marc Lasry said earlier this week on CNBC. It’s a clash of styles; the Bucks play at the fastest pace in the league, the Heat have always put defense first.
Key match: Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Jimmy Butler. It is not a confrontation in the sense that they will keep each other a lot, if at all. But a premature exit would have Antetokounmpo faced with questions he wouldn’t like, and it’s worth noting that Butler has missed all three Miami-Milwaukee games this season.
N ° 4 NEW YORK KNICKS (41-31) vs N ° 5 ATLANTA HAWKS (41-31)
Series of the season: Knicks, 3-0.
History: Welcome to the playoffs, Knicks and Hawks. New York has not been there since 2013, Atlanta not since 2017. But both teams have made great strides forward this season and one of them will, at a minimum, make the semi-finals in the East. . New York is defense first, the Hawks are free shooters, and obviously something will have to work.