Forecast: East playoffs, first round

Originally Published: April 19, 2013
ESPN.com

We asked our ESPN Forecast panel who would prevail in Round 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs, and the 105 voters came back with three of the names you'd expect: Miami, New York and Indiana, expected to eliminate Milwaukee, Boston and Atlanta.

But the panel also sees an upset brewing: In a very close vote, the panel picks Chicago over Brooklyn in 7. Our panel thinks the Bulls can bear down and beat the Nets in Game 7 on the road -- and that Chicago will have a few more days to keep Derrick Rose's status on the mind of NBA fans (and the minds of the Heat, Chicago's likeliest second-round opponent).

Check out the ESPN Forecast results below (and click here for our West forecast):





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