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National Basketball Association first-round playoff series capsules

National Basketball Association first-round playoff series capsules

It's that time of year again. He knew the reward would be far greater than the risk. "Unfortunately, I rightly predicted we'd lose by 50, I think we lost by 40 that game, I don't know how much".

The NBA Playoffs are right around the corner, and things will be very different this year, especially in the Eastern Conference.

This year's version of the Pistons is the definition of mediocrity, finishing 41-41.

This is the fourth month this season that Antetokounmpo has won this award.

The 2019 National Basketball Association playoff seeds don't resemble that of the 2018 campaign.

After moving to the U.P. last October, I've come to learn fanbases are pretty divided when it comes to cheering for MI or Wisconsin sports teams. Now, the Warriors should be well-rested for the playoff opener. So, my prediction for the Eastern Conference Finals will be Celtics versus the Raptors, and I think the Raptors will finally end their drought and win the series in six games.

However, not to rile up the local folks, but I'm not buying the Bucks as a true championship contender just yet.

Additionally, Harden is averaging 7.6 APG, 6.6 RPG, two steals per game and 0.7 blocks per game. The voters are poised to have a painstaking time choosing between the Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Durant came to the Warriors after eight seasons with the Thunder. The 2004 Pistons were an outlier, and that was before LeBron James started the whole concept of the 'superteam'. Toronto (Leonard), Philadelphia (Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris) and Boston (Kyrie Irving) all will be trying to win a title with players who could then leave them. They've been overlooked all season, and I can't wait to watch them face off against Philly and probably Milwaukee, but their first-round matchup with Orlando won't be quite as riveting.

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Chasing rings with Golden State has tarnished Durant's legacy in the National Basketball Association, that much is undeniable. They almost toppled the Warriors a year ago, until Chris Paul was sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Story line: Both teams started slowly, then found their best stride - Houston was 11-14 and went 42-15 from there, Utah was 18-20 and went 32-12 from there. Whoever wins that series should go on to win it all.

Brook Lopez has been the iron man and two-way anchor for injury-riddled Bucks this season: Also of the Journal Sentinel, Matt Velazquez touched on the stabilizing presence Brook Lopez has been for the Bucks throughout the season as well as providing some other news and notes heading into the team's final game of the regular season. I still can't believe they are where they are after losing Victor Oladipo. However, I'm still picking the Warriors until someone proves otherwise.

No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers vs. I've been a Thunder fan for the last four years, as Russell Westbrook has emerged as my favorite player because of his tenacity and non-stop motor that you just don't see in the league anymore.

Against Damien Lillard and the Trailblazers, the Thunder appears to have too much firepower despite their lower seeding and should look to upset Portland and make a run for the Conference finals.

In Golden State, Durant's scoring numbers have taken a dip. I guess it's Jae Crowder, but I don't feel great about that.

Even if Mirotic isn't ready to play, the Bucks are going to use their three-point shooting and strong defense to get past the Pistons quickly.

Durant gave us a glimpse into how at least one of the NBA's best stars viewed Golden State.