Can the Spurs thwart the Warriors' NBA title hopes?

Can the Spurs thwart the Warriors' NBA title hopes?

Can the Spurs thwart the Warriors' NBA title hopes?

"We're one of 16 teams that have a chance to win a championship", James said.

The playoffs is the postseason tournament of the world's oldest and biggest professional league. Or would they elect to face the Milwaukee Bucks, whom they beat without much resistance in last season's playoffs?

So who is going to the NBA Finals?

Other games that will help determine seeds and first-round matchups for the playoffs are NY at Cleveland, Washington at Orlando, Milwaukee at Philadelphia, San Antonio at New Orleans, Toronto at Miami and Memphis at Oklahoma City.

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.

Each conference's bracket is fixed; there is no reseeding.

This, however, is Year 4 of Golden State's run as the NBA's modern-day version of the Beatles. They split during the regular season, and even without Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart, the C's almost won their last meeting.

The Philadelphia 76ers will make the Eastern Conference Finals!

The most represented countries among the 62 global players on playoff rosters are France and Australia (seven players each), followed by Canada (four players), Spain (four players), Turkey, Croatia, Cameroon and Brazil (three players each). This absolutely feels like the season that Toronto can solve Cleveland. Season head-to-head, 2-2. 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. This Heat team is a tough, gritty team, without any real stars.

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The Warriors frankly needed that burst of spontaneous glee because the only team in the league that can boast four All-Stars in its five-man starting lineup - when healthy - just dragged to the end of perhaps the longest 82 games in franchise history.

The 76ers routed Milwaukee 130-95 on Wednesday night to wrap up the No. 3 seed on the East bracket, and that meant No. 4 Cleveland will face No. 5 IN when the playoffs open this weekend. With coach Nate McMillan and All-Star guard Victor Oladipo leading the way, the Pacers were a wonderful surprise this season. That's roughly the difference between a 64-win and 30-win pace over an 82-game season. Even without Kawhi Leonard for majority of the season, the Spurs finished with the fourth best defensive rating in the league and with Curry likely out until the second round of the playoffs, the opportunity for Durant to silence the critics has arrived.

Only a fool would dismiss the Cavs' chances as long as LeBron is around.

The Golden State Warriors have been to the finals three years in a row, winning titles in both 2015 and last season, and they certainly have the talent to make it back despite a less-than-dominating regular season that prompted coach Steve Kerr at one point to call out their effort as "pathetic." This figure broke the record of 17,884 that was set previous year.

ABC witnessed a 17% gain to 3.9 million viewers, while TNT was 12% higher to 1.8 million and ESPN had 5% more to 1.7 million.

This is my upset of the first round, as I think New Orleans is due and will win this series in six games.

The Toronto Raptors have been incredible all season as their record shows they are the best team in the Eastern Conference.

Out West, it's No. 1 Houston meeting No. 8 Minnesota — which earned its berth by topping Denver in the NBA's first win-and-get-in, lose-and-go-home regular-season finale in 21 years.