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The Atlantic Files #223: 2022 NBA Playoffs Predictions

Alex Fischbein April 15, 2022

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This week on The Atlantic Files:

This week on the Atlantic Files Podcast, as the NBA play-in games take place we predict what will happen with the 2022 NBA Playoffs, predictions for all of the end-of-the-year awards, Dennis has some things to say about the Los Angeles Lakers, Matisse Thybulle lets his team down, Adam Silver has a resting problem in the NBA, and more!

The 2022 NBA Playoffs have arrived! At the time of this recording, the final seeds of each conference were still being decided. One more play-in game and then we officially have the playoff bracket filled out and ready to go. We give all of our predictions throughout the entire 2022 playoffs!

We’ve talked about them a couple of times now, but we wanted to make one final statement about the 2022 NBA regular season awards as well. We give our final predictions on those and even debate the MVP in terms of Nikola Jokic versus Joel Embiid and who deserves to take the home award more.

Dennis wasn’t able to join the episode last week when we originally talked about the Los Angeles Lakers. He wanted to let the world know how much the Lakers suck and that the blame falling on Russell Westbrook is not all deserving. Sure, he might not have played like the normal Westbrook, but the team had a lot more flaws. Also, we talk about who the next coach could be.

Matisse Thybulle now can’t play in Toronto during the playoffs. Of course, the Philadelphia 76ers drew the Toronto Raptors in their first round matchup so now he can’t play three of the possible seven games in the series. This is going to throw a huge wrench in their defense. Can the Sixers advance?

Finally, some off-basketball topics we discuss are the fact that Alex got engaged this past weekend, Mike being in the final week of tax season, and Bosco the dog making a guest appearance along with Alex’s fiance Deanna!

0:00 – Intro and Alex got engaged!
6:51 – Los Angeles Lakers suck
19:19 – Steph Curry turns down playing with LeBron
22:28 – 2022 NBA Playoffs Predictions
53:15 – Matisse Thybulle can’t play in Toronto
56:23 – More NBA Playoffs predictions
1:02:45 – Final regular season award 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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