Eastern Conference Odds: Cavaliers favored entering the playoffs 4/13/17

2017 NBA Playoff Predictions: Breaking down each series

Golden State against Cleveland no longer looks like the certain finish.

Despite an injury to Durant late in the season that kept him sidelined for 19 games, the team finished with the NBA's best overall record, ensuring home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

And lately, Cleveland hasn't rocked.

The Cavaliers will head into Saturday's opener buoyed by the knowledge they have already dominated the Pacers this season, winning their mini-series 3-1 over the course of the campaign. With that said, Durant missed 20 games with injury and, for better or worse, it was violently clear that the Warriors were not as invested in simply achieving regular season success the second time around. It's good for us to go just go in with all the confidence in the world that we've built up this regular season and understand that every round's going to be different, every round's going to be just a dogfight. The Celtics, who leapfrogged into the No. 1 spot, are not the only challenger: The Raptors got healthy at the right time and the Wizards finally maximized the John Wall-Bradley Beal pairing. No. 8 Chicago BullsNo.

In the Cavaliers vs. Pacers match, experts find it hard to get an accurate representation of what the defending champs will look like in the playoffs.

Lue, who lives in a lovely home on Lake Erie in Bay Village, went there shortly after the Cavs' lost their season finale Wednesday evening to the Toronto Raptors to ramp up preparations. No. 6 Milwaukee BucksNo. ATLANTA: Wizards in seven. The scrappy and controversial forward is now a frontrunner to win the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year award with 1.4 blocks per game and an NBA-leading 2.01 steals per game. In the Western Conference, the Portland Trail Blazers made the playoffs with a record of.500, and the Memphis Grizzlies made it with a record of four games over.500, as the eighth and seventh seeds, respectively.

The second choice to win the West is the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs (61-21), who could meet Houston in the second round.

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Fellow MVP candidate James Harden of the Houston Rockets has also proven to be one of the most popular names in the National Basketball Association.

No team was better than Oklahoma City when it came to rebounding.

Los Angeles enters the postseason on an 11-2 SU and 6-5-1 ATS run that includes a current streak of seven straight wins.

Golden State also will have Durant doggedly seeking his own, first championship ring. But San Antonio should advance with relative ease. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets will be must-see television as well with MVP candidates Russell Westbrook and James Harden matching up.

Klay Thompson is a former Three-Point Shooting Contest champion who is most famous for absurd scoring explosions, such as nailing 37 points in one quarter in one game and scoring 62 in 29 minutes in another.

O'Neal averaged 27.2 points during the season, Bryant 25.2. However, Westbrook will be super-motivated as well playing for a +6600 longshot. Westbrook also averaged a triple-double in the regular season, which previously had only been done by Robertson. Great players against for great players makes for the best matchups.

So yes, that means we're in for an epic third showdown between the Warriors and Cavs for the NBA Finals.



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