The networks are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and still have to secure a place in the playoffs. They’ll likely play the Bucks or Raptors in the first round if they make the playoffs, but Shaq believes in them.
Being a lower seed is not a disadvantage as there are no fans allowed in games, but the nets will do without many key players. Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Nicolas Claxton are injured. Spencer Dinwiddie, Deandre Jordan and Taurean Prince are out due to corona virus. In addition, Wilson Chandler has declined to return this season.
Brooklyn will be a massive outsider, but that will only make O’Neal’s prediction more impressive if the networks make it to the second round.