NBA Playoffs: First-round schedule, initial thoughts on each series

NBA Playoffs: First-round schedule, initial thoughts on each series
NBA Playoffs: First-round schedule, initial thoughts on each series
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13 April, 2018

The number of playoff bracket scenarios left ahead of Wednesday's National Basketball Association games would send the minds of even the most talented mathematicians spinning.

The Eastern Conference has all the eight teams figured out to play in the playoffs.

Truly, the Western Conference is filled with teams possessing superstars. Portland beat Utah in the final game on the schedule, which set the last two pairings on the Western Conference bracket.

The Bucks will either play the Raptors, Celtics, 76ers or Cavaliers in the first round.

Game 2s will be held Monday through Wednesday.

Philadelphia comes into the showdown at Wells Fargo Center with the Milwaukee Bucks on a 15-game winning streak, but the Bucks have plenty of motivation to win, as they sit in a three-way battle at the bottom of the East playoff hunt with Miami and Washington.

IN is one of the teams to be acknowledged when it comes to be playing in the playoffs. No matter which team lands in fourth, it plays the Pacers in the first round.

Wizards: Currently eighth. The Wizards can only move up with a win and a losses by either the Bucks or Heat.

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While the Bucks visit the Sixers, Miami hosts Toronto and Washington visits Orlando.

The Bucks will capture No. 6 seed with a win against the 76ers.

If the Bucks can get a win in Philly, they will lock down the six seed and will more than likely draw the 76ers in the first round. If necessary, Games 5, 6, and 7 will be played at alternating sites beginning with a home game for the Thunder on Wednesday, April 25. New Orleans will take No. 5 seed with a win against the Spurs and a Utah win over Portland and a Thunder victory. The Celtics had a great chance to get out of the East, but they were hit with terrible news last week that their All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving would be out for the season after a knee surgery, nearly ruining any potential run they could have had.

The Sacramento Kings traded former LeFlore High School standout DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans last season, the seventh for Cousins without a playoff trip.

Even with a loss, the Spurs shouldn't drop further than the No. 7 seed, but there is a scenario in which Denver and Oklahoma City win that could relegate them to the No. 8 seed. The only uncertainty is who will play each other, as a few teams have a chance to trade seeding positions.

The Rockets, Warriors, Trail Blazers, and the Jazz have all locked up the 1-4 seeds, but the rest of the playoff bracket is still to be determined with two games left in the season. The Heat will take No. 8 seed with a loss and a Wizards win.

The victor of the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Denver Nuggets is for the final playoff spot, and the loser will go home. At this point, there are only three seed possibilities for the Thunder: fourth, sixth or eighth.

As it turns out, there are still many possible seeding arrangements for the other teams involved in the race, however, only the two aforementioned games will have any impact on who the Thunder play in the first round and whether or not they have home court advantage. The Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and my sleeper, the Utah Jazz.


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