What to watch for in NBA playoffs tonight

Most notably, the bench helped carry the offensive load on an afternoon when the team's All-Star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan had an off night (just 28 points combined). I will give an upset pick by choosing the Wizard to win in seven games. The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics had an ending you'd have to see to believe, needing overtime to determine a final outcome. Every playoff team has at least one worldwide player on its roster, with Utah and Philadelphia both featuring seven and Boston, Toronto and San Antonio six each. This nearly certainly seals Boston's fate with a quick exit out. This may be a quick round.

If Erik Spoelstra's Game 2 adjustments fail to slow Philly down, this series might be over quickly for the Heat.

PHILADELPHIA - Ben Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut, and the Philadelphia 76ers romped again without Joel Embiid, beating the Miami Heat 130-103 on Saturday night for their 17th straight win. This is a matchup about these underrated teams.

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.

Should they make the Conference Finals they would either face a Toronto Raptors team who, if they play to their potential, will have too much firepower or a Cleveland team with a LeBron James who will be too focused to allow his team to lose. The Pacers won the season series 3-1, but that was before the trade deadline when Cleveland redid the roster.

IN plays Game Two of its best-of-seven series Wednesday night at Cleveland. The Wizards have talented players who most likely hate each other.

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The Golden State Warriors had something to prove all right: Oh yes, they plan to stay on top in these playoffs despite a disappointing finish to the regular season.

Few players have consistently delivered in big moments as Lillard has, so the expectation is that he's going to be better as the series moves along.

Next we have the defending World Champions and No. 2 seed Golden State Warriors who will try to defend their title as they take on the San Antonio Spurs. What we'll be left with is, hopefully, an entertaining and unpredictable conference, featuring superstar players, breakout youngsters, and a couple of old men still with tricks up their sleeves. They used a 15-0 run in the third in their first postseason game in five seasons under coach Brett Brown to get the rout rolling. The Trail Blazers are a hungry team looking to make a run for a championship as they play against No. 6, New Orleans Pelicans that made a surprising run in second half to get here. Having Derrick Rose take the most shots on the team - and five more than Towns - simply isn't going to work in any situation. Utah fell 116-108 in the end to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but don't blame it on Mitchell. Even the most recent League MVP has not been able to click together. Until it goes into effect, however, the team with the worst record in the league has a 25 percent chance of picking first.

At the time of the year where most teams shorten their rotation, Dwane Casey turned to sparingly used third centre Lucas Nogueira early in the fourth quarter of Game 1, making him the 11th different Raptor to see the court.

As I have listed my matchups and results, however I have described to you the difficulty of this round to do the team matchups that are featured.

As we've seen in the past, the Warriors know well how to harass James enough to make his nights hard, and this time around, he has an uncertain supporting group.

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