Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 12:58 PM
THE NBA PLAYOFFS - HERE ARE THE SERIES THAT START UP SUNDAY
It's wall-to-wall NBA Playoffs this spring weekend and so let's get you up to snuff with the post-season series that get all revved up beginning on Sunday:
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Now, here's a look at the playoff series that swing into action on Sunday:
MILWAUKEE (44-38) at BOSTON (55-27) - 1:05 ET, TNT
On paper, the 2017-18 Boston Celtics were going to be one of the real "wow" teams in the league with PG Kyrie Irving and G Gordon Hayward added to the mix but the former went down for good after 60 games and the latter never did make it through the season's first 60 minutes and so brilliant boss-man Brad Stevens must go to battle here with a real mix-and-match club (and no Marcus Smart here for the time being) that must keep Giannis Antetokounmpo under wraps as much as possible. Hey. If the so-called "Greek Freak" is getting 10 assists per game to go along with his 27-to-30 ppg, then the Celtics (a - 175 betting fav for the series) will be in trouble.
Here's the 2017-18 regular-season matchups between the Bucks and the Celtics (all home teams in CAPS):
INDIANA (48-34) at CLEVELAND (50-32) - 3:35 p.m. ET, ABC
Don't read too much into the fact the Pacers swiped three-of-four games from the Cavaliers this past regular season: After all, Cleveland's ever-changing roster was in a major state of flux for a chunk of this campaign but LeBron James scored 33, 39, 27 and 26 points in the four tilts against Indiana and now "The King" has had some time to get acclimated to new guys Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr (and don't forget F Kevin Love is rounding back into playoff form). The Pacers deserve an "A+" for their way-better-than-expected season and so head coach Nate McMillan deserves kudos but the $64,000 question is can versatile G Victor Oladipo (23.1 ppg) step up his game to the proverbial next level here?
Here's the 2017-18 regular-season matchups between the Pacers and the Cavaliers (all home teams in CAPS):
UTAH (48-34) at OKLAHOMA CITY (48-34) - 6:35 p.m. ET, TNT
If you go by the Las Vegas price tags here, then expect this to go seven games ... the Thunder's - 135 and that's the shortest fav price among Round One playoff series and keep in mind that the Utah Jazz won 17 of its last 21 regular-season games while cinching the No. 5 seed. Utah's star rookie G Donovan Mitchell (20.5 ppg) isn't afraid of taking things on his shoulders but the Jazz want C Rudy Gobert to steer clear of foul woes and clog up the middle while defending those G Russell Westbrook-to-the-rim drives here. Hey, the Thunder's "dream team" of Westbrook/Paul George/Carmelo Anthony averages nearly 65 ppg but lack of quality depth and the late-year injury to Corey Brewer could come back to haunt Okie City here.
Here's the 2017-18 regular-season matchups between the Jazz and the Thunder (all home teams in CAPS):
|10-21||UTAH||+ 4||Okla City||96-87|
|12-5||OKLA CITY||- 8.5||Utah||100-94|
|12-20||OKLA CITY||- 8||Utah||107-79|
|12-23||Okla City||+ 1.5||UTAH||103-89|
MINNESOTA (47-35) at HOUSTON (65-17) - 9:05 p.m. ET, TNT
Folks, we head into this year's NBA Playoffs with the belief that this here-and-now Houston Rockets team is actually underrated after playing near-.800 ball in the regular season. Consider that MVP-to-be James Harden (30.4 ppg) leads the league's second highest-scoring offense and there's plenty of rock-solid supporting cast members including PG Chris Paul and Sixth Man Eric Gordon (they're averaging nearly 37 ppg between 'em) and yet the all-knowing Las Vegas oddsmakers have second seed Golden State as the favorite to win the West and so Mike D'Antoni's crew seems to be getting the back-of-the-hand slap treatment here ... might the Rockets now take it out on the Timberwolves who barely skimmed into the post-season off that OT win against Denver last Wednesday night? Keep in mind Houston is a huge - 4000 betting favorite for this series - the steepest first-round betting fav of all - and fact is the Rockets still can survive-and-advance even if Minny C Karl-Anthony Towns goes for 30 points/15 boards every game in this series.
Here's the 2017-18 regular-season matchups between the Timberwolves and the Rockets (all home teams in CAPS):
NOTE: Much more NBA Playoff coverage and NFL Draft news straight ahead in coming Jim Sez editions.