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NBA Playoff Seeding Set

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The NBA Playoffs are here!  After the Minnesota Timberwolves escaped a late push by the Denver Nuggets, that forced overtime, the 16-team field was set.

Western Conference

(1) Rockets v. (8) Timberwolves

(2) Warriors v. (7) Spurs

(3) Trailblazers v. (6) Pelicans

(4) Thunder v. (5) Jazz

Eastern Conference

(1) Raptors v. (8) Wizards

(2) Celtics v. (7) Bucks

(3) 76ers v. (6) Heat

(4) Cavaliers v. (5) Pacers

The 76ers dismantled the Bucks which allowed them to clinch the 3rd seed, which would have been in jeopardy if they lost and the Cavaliers had beaten the Knicks.  A Wizards loss to the lowly Orlando Magic forced an early matchup with the Toronto Raptors.  

Also, in a game for all the marbles, the San Antonio Spurs dropped a crucial contest to the New Orleans Pelicans, which set them up with the defending champion, Golden State Warriors.  Stephen Curry is expected to miss the first round due to injury, but Kawhi Leonard is still out after much speculation surrounding his health all season for the San Antonio Spurs.  Leonard was hurt in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against Golden State last year.

A potential upset in this year’s NBA Playoffs comes in wake of two superstar injuries.  Both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are out for the season, leaving the Boston Celtics vulnerable to collapse against the Milwaukee Bucks.  Jaylen Brown and rookie, Jayson Tatum, will look to stave off the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the surging Jabari Parker.

Finally, in a matchup receiving little attention. The Trailblazers and Pelicans will duke it out in the first round.  The Pelicans, led by star man, Anthony Davis, were expected to be forgotten after DeMarcus Cousins went down with injury before the All-Star Break, but Jrue Holiday has kicked into another gear to help lead the Pelicans attack.

The Playoffs begin Saturday when San Antonio visit the Oracle Arena to take on Golden State, Saturday at 3:00pm EST, followed by Toronto and Washington at 5:30pm EST.

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