What You Need to Know for the 2018 NBA Playoffs

14 April, 2018, 11:55 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Warriors forward Kevin Durant

This means the NBA Finals are challenged between the champs of the West division and the victors of the East division. It's not hard to see them dispatching the up-and-down Bucks, though Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo is worth a win or two in any series.

The Philadelphia 76ers solidified the #3 seed, but "the Process" is still a few seasons away, leaving things wide open for the Cavaliers, who possess the #4 seed to make it to yet another finals, much to the distaste of many. He leads the National Basketball Association in just about every single stat, holding an MVP-caliber season. The latter will have a far bigger impact on the series.

Will the Sixers actually make the Finals? Even though Westbrook is the best player in this battle, Utah is playing with nothing to lose. It'll stop in the conference semifinals.

No. 2 Boston vs.

The Rockets have looked like the best team in the league this season.

While Thunder-Jazz feels like it's going to be a brawl, Blazers-Pelicans projects more like a attractive basketball ballet, with Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday and CJ McCollum awing crowds with crafty displays of finesse and skill, outperforming their opponents more than overpowering them. They needed it because the NBA's long-standing champions of fun haven't been having a very good time lately. The Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers have an NBA-high seven worldwide players each.

The Trail Blazers hit a lull entering the playoffs, losing four of their six games in April, though they rounded off the regular season with a victory against the Utah Jazz.

Philadelphia beats Miami in six games: The hottest team in the league with a insane and rabid fan base is in for a treat this spring.

The Toronto Raptors will make the NBA Finals! While finals duels between the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are always entertaining, fans of the league often prefer following player's Instagram accounts or pre-game outfits during the regular season, and then only tune in for LeBron James' yearly championship cameo. Yes, LeBron James and Co. are lurking along the way, but if the Raptors can't beat that ragtag group this season, with their depth and experience, they never will without hitting a minor restart button. The favorites to win the league, as long as Curry is not 100%. They'll get a tough, slow-paced defensive team in their first-round matchup with the Heat, but Miami (20th in offensive efficiency) just can't score enough to keep up with Philadelphia. Anything besides making the finals will be disappointing. The Spurs own the coaching advantage and LaMarcus Aldridge has been balling out of his mind. The reigning NBA MVP and the potential Rookie of the Year have shown they can do whatever is necessary to carry their teams offensively.

Golden State lost two out of three to Portland during the regular season.

In the off-season they added a future Hall-of-Famer in Carmelo Anthony and one of the top two-way players in Paul George.

Of most significance, however, is that this badboy will only cost you $168!

With that historical trend as a cutoff, here's a look at the six teams with any conference title hopes. But this conference, barring injuries of course, will come down to Houston and Golden State. Stephen Curry is injured to a certain degree. This is just the start of the Warriors trip for excellence in the playoffs.

Even though the Warriors won't have Steph Curry in the first round, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are looking to lead this team over San Antonio in the first round.

The Playoffs begin Saturday when San Antonio visit the Oracle Arena to take on Golden State, Saturday at 3:00pm EST, followed by Toronto and Washington at 5:30pm EST.


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