Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

NBA Western Conference Odds 4/12/19, Warriors favored to win again

NBA Western Conference Odds 4/12/19, Warriors favored to win again

I haven't even mentioned guys like Eric Bledsoe and first time All-Star Khris Middleton, who will look to replicate his performance against Boston in last year's playoffs. Griffin missed 4 of the final 7 games of the regular season. But before we get too ahead of ourselves. What a insane run for Milwaukee, can we take a moment to appreciate that?

On Saturday night the 2019 edition of the NBA Playoffs will get underway with the Brooklyn Nets hosting the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round opener.

Credit to Mike Budenholzer, and, of course, Giannis.

Giannis would have clinched the MVP title already if there was no Harden.

Here are the biggest things to watch heading into the series. This Clippers season was so much fun, but sinking to the 8th spot will turn out to be their downfall. That's why he came to the Warriors as a free agent. Last season, it was Russell Westbrook - and the Jazz won that series to get into the second round against Harden and these Rockets. The winners will face Golden State. All-Star center Nikola Vucevic and forward Aaron Gordon helped power the Magic to the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12.

"Just play basketball, that's what we're out on the court to do", Curry said. The Bucks have the best record in the National Basketball Association. Join the Blue Man Hoop team! I still can't believe they are where they are after losing Victor Oladipo. I've been roaming my whole life. Houston posted a 31-10 mark at home and a 22-19 mark on the road.

How Did The Regular Season Go?

Key matchup: Nuggets coach Michael Malone vs. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. But first, they will have to get there. The Association postseason seeds are set. But despite that, these teams split the regular season series. This will be the most important playoff appearance to date.

One of his biggest frustrations, however, is trying to prove he is all-in for the Warriors this season. "I plan on taking full advantage of it". The x-factor in this series will be DeMar DeRozan.

The cities of Denver and San Antonio will witness a battle of two well-constructed teams. This is why I think the Nets will upset the Sixers.

Where Can I Watch In Ireland? Let's break this down. We know D'Angelo's story very well. Look, Beverley isn't going to "win" this matchup in a statistical sense. And Jimmy Butler has been a great closer for Philly in the 4th quarter. There's one series that could end quickly, but even that one could be compelling.

Elsewhere, the Warriors' pair of Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are well used to leading their side to titles having won the last two while Boston and Philadelphia both have star-studded line ups with the likes of Kyrie Irving and Joel Embiid on show.

Or Toronto, humiliated by the Cavaliers in the last two years but armed now with a former NBA Finals MVP in Kawhi Leonard. They've become the blue collar workhorse team of L.A. Their ability to scrap will annoy the Warriors. Not to mention Donovan Mitchell has been on another level.

What's more impressive for Orlando is the offense. However, James Harden has been absolutely nuts this year, as has been well documented, and I'm not really sure who on Utah guards him. Their 15-1 playoff record was the best in league history until the Warriors went 16-1 in their triumphant 2016-17 campaign. The Celtics have floundered all season, struggling to establish locker room chemistry, shoot the three ball and incorporate players such as Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown. We'll see what he'll do this year. On the other hand, Oklahoma City is one of the league's most confusing teams. You can find the first round games here. Enes Kanter will serve as the x-factor. Their major struggle comes against the pick and roll. I'm gonna end up picking OKC, but I don't feel great about it, and this series gets my vote for the most exciting one. Expect the Raptors to win, but don't expect the Magic to fold too easily.

Thanks for reading, and I can't wait to see how the playoffs unfold.

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