National Basketball Association playoff team bandwagons to jump on, ranked

Even without Kawhi Leonard for majority of the season, the Spurs finished with the fourth best defensive rating in the league and with Curry likely out until the second round of the playoffs, the opportunity for Durant to silence the critics has arrived. This all makes for exhilarating match ups and potential upsets. The 1-seeded Raptors underperform in the playoffs just about every year, the 2-seeded Celtics are depleted, and the 3-seeded 76ers just simply are not ready yet-they're way too young and inexperienced.

Raptors (1) vs. Wizards (8): This is an unusual 1 vs. 8 matchup, featuring a top seed (Toronto) that is underwhelmed in the past and continues to be doubted and an eighth seed (Washington) who, on paper, should be a lot better than their placement indicates.

In the off-season they added a future Hall-of-Famer in Carmelo Anthony and one of the top two-way players in Paul George.

The Heat come into the playoffs as the sixth seed, facing the Philadelphia Sixers in the first round.

Minnesota is full of young, talented players, but their leader is veteran guard Jimmy Butler, who returned from an injury last Friday to lead the Timberwolves to a playoff-clinching win over the Denver Nuggets.

The Philadelphia 76ers won their first postseason game since 2012.

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The Thunder have the talent to advance all the way to the Finals but their inconsistent play has hurt them all season. However, his outside shooting is to be desired. The intensity increases and the reffing takes on a different form, more physical and less foul calls.

One of the most interesting teams this season has been the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics had an ending you'd have to see to believe, needing overtime to determine a final outcome. That means Milwaukee has the best player on the court by far in Giannis Antetokounmpo. On the other hand, Rudy Gay led San Antonio with 15 points, six rebounds, and a couple of thefts; LaMarcus Aldridge scored 14 points, while Bryn Forbes contributed with 14 points and three boards.

The Miami Heat have the same issue. In fact, this goes for the entire postseason.

For the past couple of years, the Milwaukee Bucks have been penciled in as one of the most unsafe teams in the Eastern Conference but always seem to fall short.

Houston enters the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and are coming off their first 60-win season in franchise history, so you know the pre-playoff hype video was on another level. This has always been a source of great amusement for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who coached Steve Kerr as a player and remains close with him now. However, stopping them is another matter. The Cavaliers have struggled as a team at times this year, but their new roster is starting to jell.

"We're not satisfied", Casey said. All of those naysayers Green alluded to - real or not - can't come back Monday morning with the same hot take, because on Saturday, the Warriors left perhaps the greatest coach in National Basketball Association history gobsmacked and, save for a small stretch in the second quarter, did whatever they wanted to the Spurs at Oracle Arena. This opens the door for the Spurs. They have won the regular season matchup three games to one, however; the Warriors were without Steph in the game they lost against the Spurs. I would hope that an at times shaky Cleveland defense and an inspiring Pacers' offense that hopefully they can get by Cleveland, so I pick the Pacers in seven games.

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