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The Atlantic Files #156: Toronto Raptors Ready to Sweep

Alex Fischbein August 14, 2020

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This week on The Atlantic Files:

The NBA Playoffs are right around the corner and the crown of the Atlantic Division is officially back in the hands of the Toronto Raptors. The Six is going to be a tough outing for any team they come across, but the Atlantic Division as a whole has entered four teams in the postseason talk.

Joel Embiid and Jayson Tatum will get to talk trash to each other one more time this season. The Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics drew each other to faceoff in the first round. The last time these teams met in the playoffs was in 2018 when the Celtics won 4-1 and made the Sixers look quite bad. In the bubble, the same thing could very well happen especially with Ben Simmons unlikely to play.

Then, there is the matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors. This one…isn’t so hard to predict. The Raptors have been a well-oiled machine this season. On the other hand, the Nets have lost almost all of their biggest contributors once the bubble season started. Something tells us that this one shouldn’t be too long of a series.

Finally, we predict the rest of the Eastern Conference first-round matchups and we also talk about the Western Conference ones that have already been decided.

Listen to the full episode below!


2:00 – NBA Playoff matchups and final standings

5:30 – Sixers vs Celtics series in 2018

14:30 – Looking ahead to Sixers vs Celtics this year

20:45 – Diving into Raptors vs Nets

29:55 – First-round series predictions


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Alex Fischbein

Being from the suburbs of Philadelphia, it was hard not to become a Sixers fan during Allen Iverson's prime. Other than just the Sixers, I enjoy watching all forms and levels of basketball, especially the WNBA. Outside of basketball, I've been playing and coaching volleyball for most of my life. Also, after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, I became a Software Developer by day, while writing and hosting podcasts by night.

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