But the Rockets are facing a tough opening-round series against Minnesota, which broke a 14-year playoff drought with a dramatic overtime victory on the final day of the regular season.
For Cleveland, so much of it depends on LeBron putting in the work on defence after his team ranked 29th in defensive efficiency over the regular season. Golden State now hopes to show that it still has plenty of talent to weather the absence of Stephen Curry, who will miss the first round with a sprained left MCL. This is a franchise that has won five National Basketball Association titles since 1999 and hasn't missed the playoffs since 1997.
At $3,600, McGee is projected for 11.7 FanDuel points in Saturday's game.
When the Spurs looked in legitimate danger of falling out of the playoff pictures for the first time in about 64 years, Aldridge took on greater responsibility and averaged 26.1 points and 9.0 rebounds for the month of March.
With Curry sidelined for at least the first round of the playoffs, Durant will likely have a larger role.
Well if Game 1 of the series was any indication, the Warriors had absolutely nothing to worry about.
Looming is a team also without its best player. The speed and aggressiveness of the Warriors completely undid that in Game 1, outrebounding San Antonio 51-30 and outscoring them in the paint 34-22.
But Murray is an excellent defender, and he's 6-5.
Cook still played 25 minutes and scored five points with two assists.
The most important matchup in this series will be down low, as Golden State's primary focus needs to be on making sure that Draymond Green can LaMarcus Aldridge under wraps. Curry's statistics are even more impressive once one factor in his efficiency from the floor.
The Spurs started slow and trailed for the entire game. "He shot the ball well, he was fearless, went out there and played his role to the best of his abilities". San Antonio will need someone to contain Kevin Durant and Leonard might have been their only real option. The Warriors' biggest problem all season has been focusing (or caring) enough to win against teams that should be able to dominate.
Some of that is what Kerr gained from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: "You take whatever is in front of you and you embrace it". "They were much better than us".
San Antonio ranks seventh in points off turnovers allowed per game (15.0) while Golden State ranks 28th (18.6). Not to mention the fact that the Warriors have gone through this process already three times in last 3 years and therefore know how to win a playoff series.