NBA Playoffs 1st Rd Line Report: Sun April 14

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Other short odds to win are the Houston Rockets (+600), the Denver Nuggets (+1400) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (+1400). The three-peat was then secured as the Bulls came from 2-0 down in the Conference Finals against the New York Knicks before MVP Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns were toppled 4-2 in the Finals, in which Jordan averaged a record 41 points per game. It all starts with the eighth seeded Detroit Pistons, whom the Bucks defeated all four times they played this season. Now, everybody hopes there are many more postseason games on Golden State's home floor before the franchise moves across the bay to San Francisco and the new Chase Center later this year.

So, with two National Basketball Association championships after almost three seasons, has being with the Warriors been everything Durant thought it would be?

The Rockets path to the Conference Finals and beyond is now far more hard than it could (and arguably should) have been. The Nuggets will have to step in when it comes to defending the three-pointer.

It's not algae but a dye that has given the Milwaukee River an eye-popping bright green hue to celebrate the Milwaukee Bucks and the team's color as they head into the National Basketball Association playoffs seeded No. 1 in the Eastern Conference.

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Winning 60 games in the regular season was fun, but now it's time to focus on the bigger picture if you're the Milwaukee Bucks. Playoffs have not been exactly the Bucks' strong suit for the last decade and a half but there's a new culture brewing in the cream city. Effort alone can't win a playoff series, but it can give a team like the Celtics some trouble. The Warriors and Clippers played consecutive games under the total to close out the regular season, ending a streak of nine overs. Doc Rivers merits consideration for that achievement alone. If the Rockets can get past the Jazz in the first round, it's a near lock that the Warriors will be waiting for them in the second round, for a rematch of last season's epic series. The defensive specialist returned after missing three straight and played 21 minutes in a 143-137 overtime victory against the Jazz in the regular-season finale Wednesday night. Like Bucks vs Pistons, this series ends in four games.

That is what the sportsbooks are predicting, with the Clippers listed as 55/1 underdogs to win the best-of-seven series at DraftKings Sportsbook ... or to put it another way, the Warriors being listed as -20000 (200/1) to advance to the second round.

A lot of records were produced this season.

When Do All The Games Take Place? Adams could have a field day in his absence, and that could free up Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

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The fact the Boston Celtics winning 49 games and claiming the fourth seed represents underachievement shows you how talented their roster is, on paper at least.

However, the 1989-90 campaign saw Phil Jackson take over as coach and the Bulls suffer their narrowest playoff loss to the Pistons, going down in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals.

If the Bucks reach the NBA Finals, the building will continue to display the message until mid-June.

This season, thanks to the return of Irving and Hayward, Tatum and Hayward had to adjust to different roles and bench stars like Terry Rozier had less opportunity than a year ago. They got players that are ready for the playoffs, so we're looking forward to seeing what our game plan is, looking forward to preparing for this team. Still, this is a team that can make noise with scoring threat Bojan Bogdanovic.

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That will not be enough against the Celtics. I think he plays, but he looked injured in the last game he took the court and after that the Pistons sat him for the final game of the regular season.

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