Hard to find an upset in the Eastern Conference

Tanya Simon
April 14, 2019

When the playoffs began they were listed as "-210" in terms of their odds of emerging from the upcoming postseason as the top team. They went under the total in 47 of their 82 games, largely due to both their defensive metrics and minuscule 101.1 possessions per game, which ranked No. 28 in the National Basketball Association. Although the team finished No. 24 in the league in points per game, the Magic come into the playoffs averaging a noteworthy 117.6 points over their last 11 games while hitting the team total over in 10. Boston has been everything but consistent during the regular season and lack defensive tenacity without Smart. The team is "optimistic" he'll be ready for Game 1 against Brooklyn but "it's possible" he won't be able to play, general manager Elton Brand told reporters Wednesday.

It became commonplace to declare that they had ruined the National Basketball Association (NBA) by removing any suspense to the season. "I just want to play great basketball every second I'm on the court, and that was a flawless opportunity for me to do so". The winners will face Golden State.

When Do All The Games Take Place? We also got two teams that are dealing with different levels of injuries. Their record in conference games were 31-21. Considering they added DeMarcus Cousins to a roster that already included four All-Stars, it is not hard to see why.

This should be a fun series between L.A. and Golden State. They were waiting for late April to bring out their best efforts, and now it's time to start cooking. The Dubs should roll in this game and never look back.

While the Nuggets and Spurs are technically a 2-7 matchup, this feels much more like a 4-5 brawl. Just the postgame interview of the last Spurs-Nuggets game should be enough of a preview.

The legendary Dirk Nowitzki stated that the star of the Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo should be named the NBA MVP this season.

Harden once again led the league in three-pointers made this season, and will be counted on to put up the big scoring numbers that were routine for him during the regular season.

It has widely been assumed that this will be Durant's last season in Golden State. Additionally, new bettors can find rewarding offers and bonuses exclusive to PlayPicks.com readers that are also first-time depositors.

What Players Are Worth Keeping An Eye On? He'll likely either be covered by Paul Millsap or Nikola Jokic, both great defenders.

The playoffs always bring surprises.

The cities of Denver and San Antonio will witness a battle of two well-constructed teams.

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The NBA playoffs are here. This definitely won't be a short series. Clint Capela, on the other hand, is one of the best at moving his feet on the perimeter, which (in part) enables their switching defense.

No. 3 PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (53-29) vs. This series is nearly certainly going the distance. His impact on the floor has been tremendous this season. Their last game was on 3/7, a game in which Dame scored 51.

The Greek Freak is one of the favourites for the MVP crown after averaging 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. And the lack of Jusuf Nurkic will really hurt Portland, too.

Look for a hungry Damian Lillard in this first round. In comparison, he averaged 26.9 points and 6.6 assists on 44% shooting for the 2017-2018 regular season.

The Jazz have an epic first-round matchup against the Rockets on deck, and Mitchell will get another crack at Houston after struggling against them past year in the second round of the playoffs.

Season series: Thunder, 4-0. This feels very wrong to say, but the Thunder will escape victorious in 6 or 7 games.

The Rockets top these rankings despite being the fourth seed in the West.

This series will show an unstoppable offensive team and a great defensive juggernaut.

This is where things start to get interesting.

In one corner is last year's victor, the Houston Rockets' James Harden.

The season series is tied 2-2. Pistons center Andre Drummond was a force on the glass and at the rim. Mitchell is inexperienced, but he can shoot the lights out and has a bright future. They almost toppled the Warriors past year, until Chris Paul was sidelined with a hamstring injury. On Houston's side, Chris Paul just hasn't been the same this year. "I just want to play great basketball every second I'm on the court, and that was a flawless opportunity for me to do so".

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