NBA 2K19: Our 2019 NBA Playoffs simulation

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If the Warriors get there, they would be the second franchise ever with such a streak - joining only the Boston Celtics, who went there in 10 straight seasons from 1957-66. I'm talking about just three games: shoot six for ten in between to combat guys shooting four for ten from three point range. The Pistons' offense takes a nose dive without Griffin and even with the mismatch inside of Andre Drummond, it won't be enough for the Pistons to overcome the onslaught from the Bucks' offense. The Spurs have the 2nd best scoring bench of Western Conference playoff teams at 38.2 points per game, while Denver is close behind at 37.7.

But the Toronto Raptors shouldn't be taken lightly.

Season series: Tied, 2-2.

Orlando-Toronto features two of the hottest teams against the spread. With the arrival of Kawhi Leonard, and now Marc Gasol, along with the emergence of Pascal Siakam, this is an entirely new team heading into the postseason. He has averaged 25.8 points with 5.4 assists and 7.1 rebounds per game in three seasons with Golden State. But like most of the team, he'll be at a severe postseason experience disadvantage against Gasol, whose first playoff game in a uniform other than Memphis' will be the 60th of his career.

On Saturday night the 2019 edition of the NBA Playoffs will get underway with the Brooklyn Nets hosting the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round opener.

When Do All The Games Take Place? He played an integral role in helping Golden State win the title the past two seasons and leading the Warriors to a No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs this year. In his record 21 seasons with the Mavericks, he led the team to 15 playoff appearances and its first and only National Basketball Association championship in the franchise history in 2011. But if D'Angelo Russell can carry his incredible year into the postseason, Kenny Atkinson's Nets could make some noise in this series. I went to Oklahoma City for eight years.

Boston is the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference after putting up a 49-33 record this season. Kerr was committed to not sacrificing the health of his team down the stretch just to secure the No. 1 seed. The Jazz are a great team, but their best player is just 22 and doesn't shoot the greatest field goal percentage.

Key matchup: Al Horford vs. Myles Turner. The winners will face Golden State. Golden State's odds of winning the championship would have naturally decreased dramatically as a result. Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins will appear in the playoffs for the first time, and Golden State beat Doc Rivers' club by 27 points earlier this week.

Curry knows he can't let Beverley get under his skin.

Any team that wins this much is bound to draw hate, but competition is good for the sport. He's not going to outscore or outshoot Curry.

Who are biggest threats for the Warriors to lift their third consecutive championship?

HEALTHY STEPH: Curry wasn't even healthy when the 2018 playoffs began.

No. 2 DENVER NUGGETS (54-28) vs.

Now, a lot of fans in the National Basketball Association have become annoyed with the same storylines from recent postseasons. While his stats were slightly better when he was with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant now has two rings to his name.

Like Durant, Thompson could likely be looking to get a big payday with a max contract after the season.

Having stars and winning games draws fans, and the Warriors are good at both.

Despite a rocky season, the Thunder dominated the Blazers all season, finishing a flawless 4-0 against them. The Jazz gave up the second-fewest 3s this season. But first, they will have to get there. Afterall, they did coast all season waiting for this time of year.

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