NBA Playoffs Begin This Weekend

2017 NBA Playoff Predictions: Breaking down each series

The Stack is back on this Friday and it is now time to split up our watching duties and make sure we are following the NBA Playoffs as well as the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They will work Turner Sports' playoff coverage on TNT - it's the network's 33rd consecutive year of National Basketball Association coverage. According to NBA 2K17, the Warriors will breeze into the NBA Finals, besting the Portland Trailblazers, LA Clippers, and Houston Rockets without much trouble.

"‎Obviously you're ready to get back to that point and try to win a championship - that's always the goal - so that's always in your mind". Kevin Durant got hurt and the Cavs suddenly look like a mediocre team, leaving a lot of room for surprises in this playoff field. Other times, teams use more unconventional tactics like leaving back sweat on the floor for someone to slip on or intentionally disrespecting someone by stepping over them as they lay on the court.

Prediction: Golden State defeats Portland in four games.

No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. The Cavaliers check in with the second best odds at 7-2, while the Spurs are third at 9-1.

The pesky Indiana Pacers will hang around for some fiercely competitive games, but they'll fall in five contests.

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

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

How far will Dwyane Wade and the Bulls go?: Despite finishing with the same regular-season record as Miami, Chicago made it to the playoffs as the Eastern Conference's eighth seed due to a head-to-head tiebreaker. Now, the question will be what they can do with the homecourt advantage through the East Conference finals.

No rookie played a bigger role for a playoff team than Brodgon, which is why many voters will have the Bucks guard atop their Rookie of the Year ballot, ahead of both Philadelphia first year players, 31-game superstar Joel Embiid or late-blooming Dario Saric.

Mills is the only one still with the same team and, while no one would completely count out the Spurs doing it again, they face an uphill battle to get past the Warriors just to win the Western Conference Championship.

These types of video game simulations tend to produce some fairly accurate results, but, of course, they can't really account for intangibles like momentum, team mental state, or the general randomness of the universe. "We need to stay humble, stay edgy and remember why we're playing better lately".

It's time for the rubber match.

"Golden State is predicted to meet Cleveland in the NBA Finals for the third straight year".

The Cavs took the season series from the Pacers, 3-1.

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

GREENE: This is one of the regular season games between those two you're talking about. SEVEN straight games of physicality.

No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs.

Do you agree with Microsoft, or will a different team become the champions?

"We know what level we need to play at", George said. Teague notched double-digit assists in three of the four contests and got 20 or more points in half of the games.

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

First up, the Eastern Conference. The feature enables gamers to start building up their deck and collect cards of their favorite players.