National Basketball Association first round predictions

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With the Warriors winning two of the three finals matchups against the Cavaliers, it will be interesting to see if Cleveland can tie it up at two or if Golden State will continue their domination. Philadelphia enters the postseason riding a 16-game winning streak. Their first rivals, the Toronto Raptors, seem to be too much for them, although playoff clashes in the past have proved to be quite close between these two teams. The no-fee secondary marketplace lists the Utah Jazz's opening-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder as the third-most expensive of the league, with an average price of $336. If the Timberwolves advance, the Thunder or Jazz will host.

Houston posted the league's best record (65-17), and it's hard to bet against a team that has James Harden.

The Raptors held off the Boston Celtics to clinch the number one seed and their reward is a series against the Wizards.

Boston will be missing Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart from the lineup with only Smart likely to return this postseason.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the fourth-year forward who finds himself playing all five positions for the Milwaukee Bucks, earned the moniker "The Greek Freak" with his preternatural abilities on all areas of the floor.

All this despite the Cavs enduring a turbulent regular season, with a roster overhaul at the trade deadline and coach Tyronn Lue's health forcing him to hand over duties to assistant Larry Drew for nine games.

This is not a typo - the Warriors are vulnerable in the first round. But if anyone is capable of creating a game plan to upset the ailing defending champions, it's San Antonio's Gregg Popovich. That's roughly the difference between a 64-win and 30-win pace over an 82-game season. The Raptors had their best regular season ever, but they were last seen in the postseason getting stomped in four consecutive by James and the Cavs a year ago in the second round.

A potential upset in this year's NBA Playoffs comes in wake of two superstar injuries.

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No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. And the Pacers indeed did rebuild, but managed to do so on the fly behind Victor Oladipo, probably the NBA's Most Improved Player. The league said its NBA TV inched up 1% in average viewers.

Across the four networks with broadcast rights for the National Basketball Association, coverage was up an average 8 percent for the 2017-18 season - pulling almost 1.3 million viewers to each game.

Portland Trail Blazers (-210) vs. The Boston-Milwaukee series starts Sunday, April 15, in Boston. The 76ers would host the Bucks if they played each other in this round, and the Bucks would host the Heat if they played each other in this round.

The squads split during the regular season, but Washington played the last game without star point guard John Wall, who missed more than half the season with a knee injury. Season head-to-head, 2-2.

Toronto Raptors (59-23) vs. 8.

However, over the course of the season the Houston Rockets have gradually worked their way into the conversation, and at this point in the season, many experts consider them a legitimate threat beat the Warriors for several reasons.

Season series: Rockets, 4-0. Minnesota allows the ninth-most 3-point attempts per 100 possessions, a bad trait when facing a Rockets team that thrives behind the 3-point line shooting a league-high 42.3 3-point shots per game with a success rate of 36 percent.