NBA insiders: The biggest conference semifinal surprises and storylines right now

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The NBA’s conference semifinals are in full swing. The Milwaukee Bucks just saved their postseason with a nail-biting Game 3 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz just put the LA Clippers in another 2-0 hole.

In Friday night’s matchups, the Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks wrestle for command of their series in Game 3 while the Phoenix Suns look to grab a commanding 3-0 lead on 2021 MVP Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets.

How much do the Nets need James Harden, who is still sidelined with hamstring tightness? What’s the most impressive part of the Suns’ 2-0 series lead? What player or adjustment will decide the Jazz-Clippers series? Which potential Finals matchup would provide the juiciest storylines?

Our panel of experts is answering some of the playoffs’ biggest questions ahead of two massive Game 3s.

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