National Basketball Association playoff matchups: Pistons earn shot at Bucks

National Basketball Association playoff matchups: Pistons earn shot at Bucks

Warriors guard Stephen Curry is on pace to catch Ray Allen and become the NBA's all-time 3-point leader sometime in the 2020-21 season.

Milwaukee faces the Detroit Pistons in first round action. Pistons center Andre Drummond was a force on the glass and at the rim.

For the eighth time this season, Harden scored 50 plus points to win the game.

But the Toronto Raptors shouldn't be taken lightly. This 54-28 team is historically bad for a West 2-seed, tied as the worst West 2-seed since 1985-86 when the league had 22 teams.

A top-five finish in Sixth Man of the Year voting is expected for Montrezl Harrell, who will tag team with Zubac to defend DeMarcus Cousins as Boogie he plays playoff basketball with the Warriors for the first time.

Season records: Philadelphia 51-31, Brooklyn 42-40. Boston has been everything but consistent during the regular season and lack defensive tenacity without Smart. The back-to-back National Basketball Association champions finished the season with a conference-high 57 wins, but sometimes they seemed to be slipping on the floor, especially on the defensive end.

They got there by placing their faith in the all-round talents of Antetokounmpo, the team's one elite star. In the other is Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. They are one of the stronger No. 8 seed to come along in quite some time.

No. 4 Celtics vs.

Now imagine that he had played more than 32.8 minutes per game and had not been carrying an ankle injury through the final month of the season.

Sunday's opening postseason series begins in Boston. Neither team is particularly potent so needs to rely on being solid defensively.

You could argue the Thunder have a legitimate shot to make the conference finals, but they likely won't make it past Golden State or Houston.

Reigning champions Golden State Warriors are considered a "super-team" given their level of star power and are heavy favourites to retain their crown at 4/9.

After pushing the Golden State Warriors to Game 7 in the 2018 Western Conference Finals, the Rockets were expected to be leading contenders this season following the addition of Carmelo Anthony.

The Western Conference looks like it's the go-to for compelling series once again.

Curry knows he can't let Beverley get under his skin. After a disappointing first-round exit in last year's playoffs, the forward entered this season more determined than ever. Last year, our simulation fell a little below the mark, so we're hoping this year's sim takes a turn for the positive. Hats off to Nikola Jokic, Michael Malone, and the Nuggets on a magnificent regular season...

Back in March, both Smith and NBA Hall of Famer, Charles Barkley both agreed that the Trail Blazers will be making their first appearance in the NBA Finals since 1992. In the end, this series will go to the Thunder in six games.

Story line: Oklahoma City started 0-4, then went 37-15, then went 12-14 from there. Adams could have a field day in his absence, and that could free up Russell Westbrook and Paul George. OKC swept the series - winning twice by nine points, once by two and the other in overtime. The Houston Rockets totaled 27 three-pointers in a game versus the Phoenix Suns, refreshing their own record of most three-pointers made in one game. The Jazz gave up the second-fewest 3s this season.

The teams are meeting in the first round again. And in a scoring matchup between James Harden and Mitchell, you have to take Harden. Judging by the work he has put in and the MVP season he has put up numbers-wise, there will be plenty of teams Fearing the Deer and Milwaukee will be playing well into May and June. He may erupt to win one or two games, but the Thunder, who were undefeated in four regular season games against Portland, will win this series and extend the Blazers' postseason misery.

Prediction: Rockets in 7.

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