Predicting the National Basketball Association first round winners

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The Rockets were the NBA's best team basically from start to finish this year, and have the almost-lock for Most Valuable Player in James Harden.

Could the Warriors "flip" the proverbial switch?

But it's hard to see Toronto actually coming through with the win over the Cavs, and it's hard to see how the Rockets can match up with the Warriors.

Milwaukee has a lot of reasons to feel optimistic after Game 1.

It will be fascinating to see how the Warriors do in the playoffs after an injury-marred regular season, but until then, here's a look at round-by-round predictions for the remainder of the National Basketball Association postseason in addition to some notes on three playoff teams.

These guys had been holding out on us - save for a few games in December and one in February - since October!

"They just made the plays at the end", Denver's Will Barton said of the Timberwolves. Joe Sego assisted Brown his final season and succeeded him the following year.

With Rookie of the Year candidate Ben Simmons and All-Star center Joel Embiid finally fit and firing together, Philadelphia fans' trust in The Process is reaping rewards.

But, all that said, someone is inevitably going to win the conference by the end of May, and the amount of uncertainty on every squad will only amp up the level of competition in each series. If those games come to fruition, look for schedule updates as they draw closer.

Pressure is on: Oddly, it's probably more on the Warriors than the Spurs. They should start with less of Green, and more Nance and Osman. "We looked like deer in the headlights".

Is it just me, or does that sound of the ball falling through the basket get louder and crisper during the playoffs? It's simple.create a sense of urgency for all the teams involved. All they had to do was care. Utah has a great defense led by Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, but will not have the offense to keep up in this series.

Courtney Kirkland, who was taken off the floor for a week this season after an incident with Golden State's Shaun Livingston, was selected for the postseason ref roster. His game-high 32 points Sunday led IN to a 98-80 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. McCutchen said, listing some of the things that he and others consider when deciding who gets the playoff call.

Toronto entered having lost an NBA-worst 10 consecutive Game 1s since, including six at home. The Golden State Warriors will be without Steph Curry early on, Cleveland's mid-season capitulation, Boston's injuries, Toronto's composure in the playoffs and Houston's James Harden can not have a meltdown as he did last post-season.

In round one, the San Antonio Spurs face the Golden State Warriors, a team they looked set to beat a year ago before Kawhi Leonard went down after landing on Zaza Pachulia's foot. "Worry about Game 2". They will fight to get there's, but my guess, it will not take more than 16 games to get there.

The Spurs tried to double-team Durant on Saturday.

He's already the all-time postseason leader in points, is seven steals from passing Scottie Pippen (395) for the playoff record in that department, is four shots from passing Kobe Bryant (4,499) for another career postseason mark. That failed as well. "His 3-point shooting is huge".

"It was nerve-wracking stepping out in front of such a huge crowd at first but they made us feel very welcome and special - it was fantastic", she said. Boy did that fail. LaMarcus Aldridge has played out of his skin this year, putting up great numbers and being a consistent offensive threat for a team that has struggled to score.

"It'll be our first meaningful game in about a month", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Those eyebrows aren't up anymore. The Pelicans have the best player in the series and are keyed in as a team defensively. The Bucks committed 20 turnovers, gave up 11 offensive rebounds got an terrible performance from Bledsoe and still lost in overtime.