NBA Playoff Odds: Can Anyone Stop The Warriors In The West?

He is only the tenth player to ever average those defensive numbers in the history of the NBA, per Basketball-Reference.

Today at 3pm Eastern Time, the 2017 NBA Playoffs will begin. "We're second seed. It's not like we're eighth seed and we needed a team to win last night to back into the playoffs". The Rockets also have a very unsafe first-round opponent in the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35), led by NBA MVP favorite Russell Westbrook. It's Playoff SZN, everybody-LET'S GET TO IT.

A lot can happen in the playoffs. The Spurs kick off their postseason against the Memphis Grizzlies (+6600), who they swept out of the first round last season with a 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS run. Gobert has been the best interior defender in the league this year, while Jordan was selected to the All-NBA First Team in 2016, and led the league this year in field goal percentage.

The NBA allots 16 playoff spots overall, eight per conference.

No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs.

Overview The Cavaliers struggled late and fell to the No. 2 seed, but there is no reason to panic just yet.

They are yet to get past the First Round under Brad Stevens but the Celtics have vastly improved this year - with All-Star Isaiah Thomas leading the way.

Kevin Durant has returned to form and fitness following his extended injury lay-off, draining 29 points in 27 minutes during a 109-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

The Washington Wizards have gone from finishing outside the Playoffs past year to the fourth seed while the Milwaukee Bucks have improved immensely.

The Cavaliers slipping to the second seed means they will probably have to square off against the Toronto Raptors (51-31) a round earlier than past year, when they met in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost four straight to get to this moment.

As for the Western Conference, it belongs to the Warriors until there is a team in the West who proves they can stop them.

For the Pacers, the high-stakes games started two weeks ago when it looked like they might miss out on the postseason.

In addition to his pursuit of a title, West cites the need to be in a "good basketball culture".

It's time for the rubber match. And the smart money - at least maybe the lazy money - is on a third-straight finals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James versus Steph Curry again. The Warriors could face many different teams in the Western Conference finals and NBA Finals, should they make it that far, and their odds would vary depending on the opposition. In their most recent contest, the Wizards came away with a 104-100 victory and bold claims that they had found their missing "swag". But for James to get there for a seventh consecutive year and for Cleveland to repeat as champions, the Cavs will have to fix a defense that sprung a leak and was among the worst in the league the final six weeks of the season.

And so, we had a date with destiny...

Similar questions remain: Can anyone stop the Golden State Warriors?

So if there is one team that could flip a switch come playoff time, it would be the Cavaliers (51-31).

"We're chasing something - we're not protecting anything this year", Curry said.

Washington won three of four meetings between the teams this season, with the lone loss coming in its first game of the season against an energized Dwight Howard playing in front of his hometown fans in Atlanta for the first time as a member of the Hawks.

THOMPSON: Thank you. By the way, I did not hear your pick.

The problem is exacerbated by the fact that most years, one conference is significantly better than the other.

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