The first National Basketball Association postseason contest is under way in Oakland. The Golden State Warriors, without Steph Curry, have dominated the San Antonio Spurs for the first three quarters. If you haven’t started yet it is party time as we say goodbye to the 2018 Association regular season and hello to the playoffs. Updated Odds to Win 2018 NBA Championship (April 14).
The beer is on ice and the Saturday afternoon BBQ’s are red hot, in most areas of the U.S territories. And the National Basketball Association soap-opera is underway. There are a hundred-and-one subplots for the first rounds in the Eastern and Western Conferences. The first four matchups, two from both the East and the West take place today.
The questions about whether the Warriors could escape their March and early April struggles have been answered. We soon enter the realm of getting answers as to whether the Sixers can continue their double-digit winning streak without All Star big Joel Embiid. Philadelphia and Miami take to the hardwood for the early prime time contest in the City of Brotherly Love.
The next contest in the NBA bracket has the Toronto Raptors hosting the Washington Wizards. The Saturday finale pits Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans in the great northwest to tangle with the Portland Trail Blazers.
NBA playoff schedule for Saturday, April 14
All times Eastern
- San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors, 3 p.m. — ABC
- Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors, 5:30 p.m. — ESPN
- Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers, 8 p.m. — ESPN
- New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. — ESPN
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