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The NBA playoff bracket is now set

Sidney Guerrero | 13 April, 2018, 02:43

Will be updated. With AP Photos. Here's the latest on which teams ended up with which seeds and what their matchups will be in the Eastern and Western Conferences. The other two matchups will be set later Wednesday. They will be tested from the outset by an IN team that many thought would be rebuilding this season.

The NBA has released the first-round playoff schedule, and the reigning NBA champs will host the postseason opener.

The rest of the West bracket will be set based on the outcome of the Utah-Portland game.

The Spurs (+7,000) weren't able to extend their incredible streak of 50-win seasons, but their run of playoff appearances remains intact.

Minnesota is in the playoffs.

The last West spot was the only one up for grabs on the season's final night.

Denver would have gone to the postseason with a win at Minnesota. And when it comes to generating those extra possessions - and more scoring as a result - no team is more proficient than the Thunder (+3,300).

They have little time to prepare for the playoffs as the first round one game is set to take place on Saturday, April 14 at 7pm. Overall, if there was to be a 4th match-up between the two teams, I believe that more people will be rooting for the Warriors than the Cavs due to the fact that people hate to see Lebron win.

Eastern Time. Philadelphia 76ers captured the No. 3 seed, so they'll open with an 8 p.m. Bettors should note that Philly was the second-best first-quarter team in the league, both in terms of points (29.4) and margin (plus-3.4). For starters, the Philadelphia 76ers have been a struggling organization for the past six years. With those two on the court, Boston outscored opponents by 10.2 net points per 100 possessions.

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Hornacek tried to preach patience late in the season as the losses piled up with a young roster that defended dismally. Hornacek was hired by then-team president Phil Jackson and then-GM Mills prior to the 2016-17 season.

Game 2s will be held Monday through Wednesday.

Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute will likely miss at least the first round of the playoffs after dislocating his right shoulder in a meaningless game for the Western Conference leaders. Or when Allen Iverson stepped over Ty Lue after knocking down a three versus the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2003 NBA Finals.

Story line: After rolling to the best record in the league, the Rockets get started toward what they hope could be the first championship for Mike D'Antoni, James Harden and Chris Paul.

Regardless of the outcome, the 2018 NBA Playoffs will be another event filled with many remarkable plays, a few heartbreaks, and one NBA champion team!

No. 23 has played in all 82.

James has ordinarily sat out games at the end of the season when the Cavs have a seed locked up. (Game 4 of the series).

Key Matchup: Toronto's Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan vs. the Wizards' Wall and Bradley Beal.

We already knew the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors were the top seeds in each conference, but numerous other seeds were still up for grabs. The best players on each team, and while they may not go head to head all that much, Oladipo surely knows he has to be fantastic in this series. If they can hang with Cleveland into the latter stages of the game, you'll likely get great odds on a Pacers live bet; consider, as well, that IN was a flawless 3-0 IN overtime games this season.

The final night of the National Basketball Association regular season has 12 games on the schedule, and eight have playoff implications. In their last 24 games, Philadelphia was 20-2 against everyone other than Miami - and 0-2 against the Heat, including one game where Dwyane Wade hit a game-winning shot.

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