Road to the NBA Playoffs

The 76ers routed Milwaukee 130-95 on Wednesday night to wrap up the No. 3 seed on the East bracket, and that meant No. 4 Cleveland will face No. 5 IN when the playoffs open this weekend.

Unlike the other major sports, pro basketball's postseason doesn't offer much hope of a mid-tier team getting hot at the right time and winning a championship.

Playoff teams split payouts from the pool, often toward bonuses for players and staff.

The NBA Playoffs begins on Saturday, April 14 with all 16 teams seeded against each other to as they progress through each round to determine the eventual champions. Can they win it all?

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Not often is a No. 4 seed one of the teams to beat in the postseason, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are no ordinary No. 4 seed. Absolutely. There's nothing more unsafe than a team that has nothing to lose and that's exactly what this Celtics team is. This Heat team is a tough, gritty team, without any real stars. They got the short end of the stick by seeding at 7, which means playing against the Golden State Warriors. Don't be surprised if the Milwaukee Bucks, who own the #7 seed, to upend the Boston Celtics, and make a run deep into the playoffs. He finished with 10 points in just over 10 minutes. The best players on each team, and while they may not go head to head all that much, Oladipo surely knows he has to be fantastic in this series.

Tom Van Arsdale (929) is the record-holder for most regular-season games without seeing postseason play, followed by Otto Moore (682), Nate Williams (642), Sebastian Telfair (564), then Casspi and Cousins. Especially considering LeBron has never played particularly well in Indianapolis.

As for Melas' selection, well, he has one heck of a reason for going with a Rockets-Clippers game from January that was decided by 11 points. If Steph is 100% or close to it I still think they get past the Rockets.

Story line: Two of the NBA's top scorers lead their teams into what could be a high-scoring shootout in the first round. Both should finish in the top five of the MVP voting and both could easily carry his squad to next round, although Lillard undoubtedly has the better supporting cast.

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Mohamed Salah has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 39 goals while assisting 11 in 44 games across all competitions. I'm thinking about each game, ' he said. 'I know Harry, he's fantastic player and looks like a good guy too.

To my eyes, the most significant change is two-fold. It was the NBA's first winner-gets-in, loser-goes-home game since 1997. When Embiid was asked if he might be able to play for Game 1, he told Season head-to-head, 2-2. Plus Embiid should be back and ready. They were virtually unbeatable in the regular season when James Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela played at the same time. Although in October I didn't think Paul would have a big impact, it turned out he did. The Raptors are the only National Basketball Association team that has a top-five offense and a top-five defense. But like his teammate, show us some legit commitment to defense, please. However, a few trades, injuries and losing streaks later, here we are.

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He was also ego-less enough to let No. 13 pick rookie Donovan Mitchell take the reigns early and establish himself as the go-to guy for the Jazz. The Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo will be looking to advance past the first round for the first time (he's 0-for-2 thus far). Although "The Process" got the best of them and moved ahead in the standings at the last second, you'd be out of your mind to count out James and the Cavaliers during the playoffs.

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