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What your NBA Playoff bandwagon choice says about you Golden State Warriors Host San Antonio Saturday in Game 1 of NBA Playoffs
Isaac Mcdaniel | 14 April, 2018, 14:42

But the Rockets are facing a tough opening-round series against Minnesota, which broke a 14-year playoff drought with a dramatic overtime victory on the final day of the regular season.

The 2017-2018 NBA Regular Season has come to an end and 16 teams-eight from the East and an equal number in the West-made it to the post season.

For the Timberwolves, Wednesday was a moment in itself. However, even when he went down with an eye injury in the final month this season, the 76ers were able to finish on a sixteen-game winning streak in which they beat top teams like the Cavaliers and clinched the third seed.

Simmons is the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year after posting 12 triple-doubles, while Embiid was elected to his first All-Star Game and leads the team in scoring at 22.9 points per match - though the latter is a doubt for the first encounter with the Heat due to an orbital fracture.

Leonard never returned to that series, and played in only nine games for the Spurs this season. Milwaukee has by far the best player in Giannis Antetokounmpo, who can take control of the series.

Kevin Durant's Contract Plans For Offseason Are Revealed
Durant, 29, last month confirmed to reporters he's 100 percent certain to return to the Warriors next season. I'm sure here soon I'll want to sign a long-term deal just to feel stable.

49ers announce preseason schedule
The Bengals' first game of any kind at Paul Brown Stadium was a 24-20 win over the Bears in preseason on August 19, 2000. The Texans have won the last two matchups, in 2006 and 2009, after losing the first matchup in 2002.

Saudi prince meets with Lebanese leader as Paris trip winds up
Saudi Arabia was France's second-biggest client for both arms deliveries and new arms orders in 2016, according to official data. Saudi Crown Prince Salman and French President Macron had a private dinner in a restaurant in the Louvre museum on Sunday.

Lebron James will have his work cut out as he will have to inspire Cleveland Cavaliers who finished fourth against a Victor Oladipo led Indiana Pacers who finished fifth.

Looking a little deeper over that same 40-year span, and you'll find only five teams lower than a No. 3 seed that lost in the finals. The Rockets will be without a valuable rotation player, Luc Mbah a Moute, who sustained a shoulder injury this week in a meaningless game. Season head-to-head, Houston, 4-0.

Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball during the first half of the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on April 8, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. But if anyone is capable of creating a game plan to upset the ailing defending champions, it's San Antonio's Gregg Popovich. Season head-to-head, advantage Warriors, 3-1.

Portland Trail Blazers (-210) vs. The Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers will play at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m. ET. Portland, which had the league's ninth-best defensive rating this season, will have all it can handle with the way Pelicans star Anthony Davis has been playing (a league-leading 30.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game since DeMarcus Cousins' season-ending Achilles injury January 26).

To give us a hand, we had a chat with our pals over at The Starters (Leigh Ellis, Trey Kerby, J.E. Skeets, and Tas Melas) the day after the season ended when they were fresh off their end-of-season awards show, The Starties, and primed for the playoffs (which they'll cover every weeknight on NBA TV). Utah certainly needs him to be.

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