NBA Prepares for Unpredictable Playoffs

Who will be the new king in the East?

On the other end, Kenny Atkinson and the Nets have been throwing out weird defensive looks all season, including some zone and matchup-zone type of sets that the Sixers could struggle against, especially considering their lack of spacing. The Nuggets have never won the conference title in franchise history.

Russell Westbrook and James Harden kept refreshing their records in their own way.

A lot of records were produced this season.

He scored 45 points after a three-game absence. Nearly everyone can agree that there are two front-runners for the award this season: the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Houston Rockets' James Harden.

These two teams have history dating back to 2014, when Golden State took the Clippers to seven games in the first-round playoff season. Brown improved enormously after the All-Star break, raising his three-point shooting percentage by nearly 10 per cent. However, Gasol only appeared in three games before injuring his ankle.

Sadly no. Lebron James made the move to the LA Lakers in the off-season and had the young side in playoff contention.

- The Spurs have made the playoffs in an incredible 22 straight seasons, which ties them for the longest such streak in National Basketball Association history.


BEVERLEY'S INFLUENCE: Patrick Beverley missed four games down the stretch and Los Angeles lost all of those. However, it should not be forgotten that a year ago they pushed the Warriors to a seven-game series in the Conference Finals, with an injury to Chris Paul hampering their attempt to end Golden State's reign. We have had a exciting and eventful 2018-19 NBA regular season that has lead us to even more thrilling run for the 2019 NBA Championship crown.

The Warriors seem likely to reach the finals once again.

With or without Griffin, Detroit are facing the NBA's best team.

Toronto is hoping that Leonard can rekindle his typical postseason magic in his playoff return.

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, left, reacts to a call during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. But Beverley takes great pride in being one of the NBA's biggest pests, a super-tough, super-aggressive defender who can, and will, cause problems.

With the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs closing their respective seasons with wins, the Warriors' first-round opponent is confirmed: They'll play the LA Clippers. In the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Boston Celtics will fight with the Milwaukee Bucks for the opportunity to knock the Warriors off their throne. He leads his team in nearly every statistical category while playing only 33 minutes per game. Also, all eyes will be on Dame Lillard after what happened during last season's playoffs. Boston was expected to top the East yet finished fourth after a see-saw campaign that saw plenty of indifferent performances and far too much talk from their players in the media. This month's honor marks the fifth time he's won Player of the Month in his career. Since January 1, only James Harden (38.2) has averaged more points than the Thunder star. With all five starters capable of pouring in buckets on any given night, Philadelphia clearly has the advantage in terms of pure star talent.

We've long known that the 24-year-old Antetokounmpo is a creature of habit and that's certainly on display in the lengthy look into what goes into his pre-game preparations and exercises that ESPN's Malika Andrews revealed in her great piece on the leading MVP candidate. On paper, they are title favorites having finished the season with the top-scoring margin in the league with the ability to run the floor and score the ball from anywhere.

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