NBA Regular-Season Ratings Hit 4-Year High

The official start to the NBA Playoffs tends to serve as a glorified bat signal that the upcoming several months are going to be nothing short of outstanding.

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".

With the upstart Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets proving themselves to be true contenders, new blood was the name of the game during the 2017-18 regular season. But give me Blazers-Pelicans since we didn't get the tantalizingly juicy Warriors-Thunder matchup we were low-key rooting for. Still, Terry Rozier has stepped up in the lead guard role.

"It was nerve-wracking stepping out in front of such a huge crowd at first but they made us feel very welcome and special - it was unbelievable", she said.

No. 2 Golden State vs. As long as that issue remains unresolved, they can't get past Cleveland. Unless the Warriors decide to lay an egg along the way and get sloppy or go ice-cold for a game, don't be surprised if this one ends in a sweep.

The East No. 1 Toronto Raptors, likely looking at a second-round matchup with the Cavaliers, are +155 to win the first conference title in franchise history. And can you imagine what this team would have been like with Kawhi Leonard playing?

Despite all the changes, though, Toronto's primary problem has not gone anywhere: guarding LeBron James.

Start with the East pairings: Lowry and the top-seeded Raptors play No. 8 Washington, No. 2 Boston faces No. 7 Milwaukee, No. 3 Philadelphia gets No. 6 Miami and No. 4 Cleveland - with LeBron James bidding for an eighth consecutive appearance in The Finals - opening against No. 5 in, a surprise team at the start of the season and one that isn't a surprise anymore.


"The playoffs are about moments, and you just want a chance to have those moments", Miami guard Dwyane Wade said.

Starting in the Eastern Conference, there are two former Duke players on the Celtics, three if you are a generous person.

"They just made the plays at the end", Denver's Will Barton said of the Timberwolves. DeRozan, and particularly Lowry, have to be better. But the Sixers have more up-front talent and depth, and they should wear Boston down. Maybe that's a reason to back them one more time. JJ Redick, Marco Belinelli and Dario Saric combined for 73 points.

With Kyrie Irving out, Antetokounmpo is by far the best player in the series and as great as the Celtics are defensively, he should be able to take advantage of mismatches and advance the Bucks to the second round. Their head coach Erik Spoelstra has years of playoff experience and is backed by executive Pat Riley who has even more. That showed in Game 1. Do you think the Heat can overcome the Sixers? But can newcomers like Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Lance Jr, whom have a total of 11-playoff games between them, perform in uncharted territory? Because watching Philly win a lot of stuff has been pretty cool. If Davis isn't on every night, Portland will dispatch New Orleans easily. Then, on the ensuing inbound pass, to go for a basket cut for two again?

As good as Portland's backcourt duo of Lillard and C.J. McCollum has been this year, Anthony Davis will be the best player on the court.

Now, aside from that, the Pelicans deserved to win this game.

In the United States of America as part of their own netball tour, the group were invited to stand with the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards players on court during the singing of the national anthem before the teams' final game of the season commenced on April 11.

Related News:

  • Klopp salutes 'perfect' Liverpool win after Champions League heroics

    Klopp salutes 'perfect' Liverpool win after Champions League heroics

    It was like "give him the ball", so we had to mix it up. "I was pleased there were signs we could compete but it came too late". It meant Kane moved within four goals of the Egyptian in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot.
    High School 'Fight Club' Shut Down & Substitute Teacher Arrested

    High School 'Fight Club' Shut Down & Substitute Teacher Arrested

    Levesque said on Friday that the school system's lawyer advised against handing over the data without being served with a warrant. The videos also showed what appeared to be one of the students throwing up in a garbage can. "Let the people who pay have a say".
    Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki diagnosed with broken hand

    Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki diagnosed with broken hand

    The Mets, however, said a follow-up MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY on Thursday revealed the fracture. Now, they'll be without Plawecki for perhaps a month's time, while d'Arnaud will be lost for the whole season.
  • United Nations boss urges restraint after strikes on Syria

    Echoing the U.S. stance, France said Assad's government had reached a "point of no return" with repeated use of chemical weapons. Russia, which has stonewalled diplomatic efforts at the UN Security Council, has vehemently denied a chemical attack took place.
    The Cohen investigation is the real investigation, and Trump's in peril

    The Cohen investigation is the real investigation, and Trump's in peril

    The raid targeted in part information related a hush agreement with Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump. Records related to Cohen's taxi medallion business were also sought.

    GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) Analysts See $0.71 EPS on April, 25

    BNP Paribas upgraded GlaxoSmithKline from a "neutral" rating to an "outperform" rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 4th. Total analysts of 6 have positions in GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) as follows: 4 rated it a "Buy", 0 with "Sell" and 2 with "Hold".
  • Vladimir Putin condemns US-led airstrikes on Syria

    Vladimir Putin condemns US-led airstrikes on Syria

    No military measures were immediately announced, but in a clear warning to the US and its allies, Col. But the next morning, Trump tweeted that he "never said when an attack on Syria would take place".
    Trump warns of strike against Syria after reports of chemical attack

    Trump warns of strike against Syria after reports of chemical attack

    Although Mattis noted the risks of military action, he emphasized that Syria's use of chemical weapons should not be tolerated. The Syrian government and Russian Federation , which backs it, strongly oppose the claims, which they say are fabricated.
    Brooke Henderson in front by 2 at LPGA's Lotte at Ko Olina

    Brooke Henderson in front by 2 at LPGA's Lotte at Ko Olina

    Japan's Nasa Hataoka, who is a year younger than Henderson, had a 68 to join third-ranked Inbee Park (71) at seven under. Feng has finished in the top 30 in all five of her starts this year, including two top 10 finishes.
  • Liverpool star James Milner mocks Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Kane

    Liverpool star James Milner mocks Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Kane

    Kane was also in action on Sunday, but found little joy as Manchester City kept him quiet during their 3-1 victory at Wembley.
    NBA Playoffs Recap: Philadelphia vs. Miami Betting Odds

    NBA Playoffs Recap: Philadelphia vs. Miami Betting Odds

    During the first quarter of Philly's clash with the Miami Heat, Covington received a pass from J.J. Miami has come back to win eight of 19 previous playoff series in which has lost the first game.
    British-French join hands in operation against Syria's chemical weapons

    British-French join hands in operation against Syria's chemical weapons

    The United States , and the European Union, put the blame of the attack on the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad . In London, May said the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons.


Most liked

Dustin Poirier Makes His Case For Being UFC's Top Lightweight Contender
After battling back-and-forth into the fourth round, Poirier finally found a crack in Gaethje's armor and finished the fight. Gaethje earned the nickname "The Highlight" for his hyper aggressive style, but Poirier took the fight to him.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants stability from Paul Pogba
They have been the best team during the season and the distance of points at the end of the season will be the outcome of that superiority that they showed. "Remember he was terrific last season as far as I'm concerned".

Buffon Has No Regrets Over Referee Rant
In hindsight he was probably the latter but that hasn't helped Zinedine Zidane be any happier with the reaction. Whether you agree with Buffon's comments or not, his harsh words were certainly out of character.

Commonwealth Games 2018: WATCH shocking moment Callum Hawkins COLLAPSES in marathon
He dropped three close pursuers in the 28th kilometre and by 35km had built up a lead of well over two minutes over Shelley. Games organisers later issued a release saying the health and safety of all athletes was paramount.

High school students "LEAP" on authenticity during weekend performances
"We just want to make sure that the students are safe and we've done that", Samaras added of the work being done at the school. We use cookies to give you the best experience on our website and bring you more relevant advertising.

Kidambi Srikanth vs Lee Chong Wei
As a singles player, Lee was ranked first worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks from 21 August 2008 to 14 June 2012. I think mentally I was very, very strong.

CBI lodges 3 cases, detains Kuldeep Sengar in Unnao rape case
On April 8, a girl and her family tried to commit suicide outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's residence in Lucknow .

Merkel endorsed the impact of the U.S. and its allies on Syria
But she added that the violation of global rules against chemical weapons is serious, and "the reactions will be appropriate". Maas also said since the issue in Syria can not be resolved without Russian Federation , they have not cut off contact.

Daniel Ricciardo charges to Chinese Grand Prix win
But Valtteri Bottas executed the flawless undercut to take the lead while his team-mate Lewis Hamilton struggled for pace. Bottas came under pressure from compatriot Raikkonen during the closing stages but held on to take the runner-up spot.

Nina Simone, Bon Jovi to be inducted into Roll Hall of Fame
Rock Hall board chairman Chris Connor also spoke about the renovations and thanked the NY board for its support. Bon Jovi claims that he is going to the festivities with big plans for the band.

Jordan Ayew supplies cutting edge to give Swansea City some breathing space
Everton grew into the game after the half hour mark but could still consider themselves very fortunate to lead in the 43rd minute. Jordan Ayew boosted Swansea's fight for English Premier League survival by grabbing a 1-1 draw against Everton on Saturday.

Iran's Khamenei slams 'criminals' Trump, Macron, May
Zarrab has pleaded guilty and testified against Atilla for several days as the United States government's star witness. Khamenei has harshly responded to the Syrian operation of the West Coalition, APA reports.

Oklahoma president David Boren suffers minor stroke at Bob Stoops statue reveal
Select from these options: Breaking News, Severe Weather, School Closings, Daily Headlines and Daily Forecasts. He was described as alert and communicating with his family and medical team Saturday evening.

Predators take 2-0 lead after holding off Avalanche
Compher's shot, and the Predators tied it on a wrist shot from Watson that squeezed over Bernier's left shoulder at 3:14. Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, and Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen and Austin Watson scored a goal apiece.

USA strike is a clear signal to Syria, Russia and Iran
Ambassador Nikki Haley took aim at Russian ambassador Vasily Nebenzia over the "fake news". "Mission Accomplished!" he declared. A U.S. strike a year ago when 59 missiles were fired in response to the use of poison gas on civilians failed to deter him.