Story line: It was the best regular season in Toronto history and its first time going into the playoffs as a No. 1 seed, but the Raptors know it's the playoff result that will determine if 2017-18 was a success. The system being proposed would eliminate seeds being fixed to face corresponding seeds. All rounds are best-of-seven series; the team that has four wins advances to the next round.
The NBA champion will claim at least $4,782,438; the runner-up, at least $3,587,489.
No. 1 Toronto vs. The Timberwolves had to win their final three games, including a play-in showdown with the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, just to get into the playoff field.
For the past couple of years, the Milwaukee Bucks have been penciled in as one of the most risky teams in the Eastern Conference but always seem to fall short. That's unless someone steps up as the No. 2 scorer and delivers an unforeseen game - like Rudy Gay scoring more than 22 points (his season-high).
As impressive as their season has been; as impressive as their winning streak late in the year has been; without Joel Embiid, this team might not be good enough to make it out of the first round, especially against the Heat. Don't be surprised if the Milwaukee Bucks, who own the #7 seed, to upend the Boston Celtics, and make a run deep into the playoffs. On the flip side, they were just 5-7 in games decided by three points or fewer, so perhaps you should avoid making a close-decision prop bet on Toronto. Kyrie Irving missed most of the end of the year with knee injuries, and Hayward - who broke his ankle in the season-opener - did not even play a full game. If they can hang with Cleveland into the latter stages of the game, you'll likely get great odds on a Pacers live bet; consider, as well, that IN was a flawless 3-0 IN overtime games this season.
This will be a tiresome series with Philadelphia winning in four games.
Then again, the Warriors could be as unsafe as ever once Curry returns from a knee injury that could have him back for the second round.
Only a fool would dismiss the Cavs' chances as long as LeBron is around. A potential meeting with Houston looms, and they'll need all the firepower they can get. There are four games on the schedule highlighted by the San Antonio Spurs taking on the suddenly vulnerable Golden State Warriors at 3:00 PM Eastern on ABC. San Antonio is without Kawhi Leonard. His Spurs had the fourth-best defensive rating this season. This figure broke the record of 17,884 that was set past year.
Season series: Warriors, 3-1.
No. 3 PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (49-33) vs. I do think the inexperience of the Sixers might hurt them a little to where they lose a couple games, but I don't think they'll struggle to win this series. Portland, which had the league's ninth-best defensive rating this season, will have all it can handle with the way Pelicans star Anthony Davis has been playing (a league-leading 30.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game since DeMarcus Cousins' season-ending Achilles injury January 26).
"It's definitely a different world to be a part of those who are doing the deciding, instead of those that are being decided upon", said longtime referee Monty McCutchen, who left the floor this season to become an National Basketball Association vice president.
Digital rights advocates have, however, raised concerns, suggesting the new law will "hinder online freedom of expression". The indictment Monday said it was implausible for Backpage .com to contend such ads were offering lawful escort services.
President Donald Trump hailed the University of Alabama football team's "win for the ages" in their latest championship season. Alabama is certainly happy things didn't work out for the 66-year-old in the NFL, as it's won five national titles since 2009.
Poroshenko also noted that Ukraine's transit pipeline for Russian gas was "much cheaper and can be modernized cheaply and easily". We also discussed this situation with the Russian president and communicated Ukraine's concern about the issue.
Transport Minister Govind Thakur and all other members of the state Cabinet have also condoled the death of school children . People helping to rescue injured after a private school bus falls into a deep gorge in Nurpur, India , on April 9, 2018.
Later that month, McArthur was charged with the first-degree murder of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick. Police are also waiting for warmer weather to investigate other properties associated with McArthur, Idsinga said. -Sgt.
The Egyptian netted his 39th goal of an incredible season in the second-half of the encounter between the Premier League rivals. As well as banging them in during the league season, Salah has been on top form in the Champions League, too.
The Cleveland Cavaliers power forward was met with boos by Cavs fans during their game against the NY Knicks. Thompson seemingly cheated on Kardashian after he was filmed Saturday at New York City's PH-D Lounge.
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Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO ) Chairman K Sivan described the mission as a success and congratulated the scientists. IRNSS-1L is the 9th satellite in the navigation satellite by Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).
Now attention turns to who faces who in the semi-finals and you can find out below everything you need to know on the draw. The first legs of the semifinal matches will take place on Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25.
On Tuesday, the only tribute left on the fence was a teddy bear containing an emotional note from Mr Vincent's children. It comes after Scotland Yard issued an appeal for Billy Jeeves, who is wanted in connection with the burglary.
Afghan District Governor Among Those Killed In Taliban Attack
The center of Khwaja Omari district is 10kms far from Ghazni City and shares a border with Jaghato district of Wardak province. Fighting went on for about three hours until fresh troops were deployed to the district and the Taliban escaped from the area.
House Speaker Paul Ryan leaving Congress
The house speaker announced his plans at a closed-door meeting of Republican lawmakers Wednesday morning. He will probably compete with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise , of Louisiana, for the job.
Yvonne Staples of The Staple Singers Dies at 80
The group could have been Yvonne's runway to stardom, and it was one that Mavis used to become a national R&B treasure herself. Mavis Staples , Pops Staples, Cleotha Staples and Yvonne Staples of " The Staple Singers " pose for a portrait in 1977.
Trump talks with Britain's May on Syria
Trump's secretary of defense, James Mattis , said on Wednesday that the USA was still assessing what exactly happened in Douma. During one speech, he said, "We must as a nation be more unpredictable".