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What the 2021 NBA Playoffs bracket looks like heading into the second round

The NBA Playoffs are underway and teams have begun securing their position in the second round. We break down how the bracket is looking.

Seth Curry #30 of the Dallas Mavericks stretches in front of the NBA Playoffs logo in Game Six of the Western Conference First Round against the LA Clippers during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 30, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The 2021 NBA Playoffs are moving through the first round and we are starting to see teams advance into the second round. The Milwaukee Bucks rolled through the Miami Heat with a sweep and a few other teams are not far behind.

The biggest news as the first round approaches its conclusion is Anthony Davis’ groin injury. He’s day-to-day and his status could swing the Lakers-Suns series, which is knotted at two as June opens. The Hawks are the most notable lower seed with a lead, but with a few series knotted at two through four games, we could still see some upsets heading into the second round.

The second round is expected to begin with the Nets vs. Bucks on Saturday, June 5th. In the meantime, here’s a look at how the bracket is shaking out for the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs.

NBA playoff bracket, second round (through June 1st)

Eastern Conference

(3) Milwaukee Bucks
vs.
(2) Brooklyn Nets

(1) Philadelphia 76ers
vs.
(5) Atlanta Hawks

Western Conference

(1) Utah Jazz
vs.
(4) Los Angeles Clippers

(2) Phoenix Suns
vs.
(3) Denver Nuggets