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Sixers in 'wide open' National Basketball Association playoff draw

Sixers in 'wide open' National Basketball Association playoff draw

Sixers in 'wide open' National Basketball Association playoff draw

The most represented countries among the 62 worldwide players on playoff rosters are France and Australia (seven players each), followed by Canada (four players), Spain (four players), Turkey, Croatia, Cameroon and Brazil (three players each). It's hard to say, but here's what this year's first-round matchups would look like if conference affiliation didn't matter...

Don't expect Houston to be seriously challenged until the conference finals. To its credit, IN did a good job defending James during the regular season because the Pacers excel at defending iso, or man-to-man, situations, a staple of James's offense (24 percent of his possessions).

Still, the Rockets didn't dominate throughout the season and best the defending champion Warriors in the race for the top seed just to lose in the first round to Minnesota.

IN went 3-1 against the Cavaliers in the regular season. Or would they elect to face off against the Golden State Warriors with hopes that their injuries actually make them weaker than the Timberwolves? The All-NBA wing has played just nine games this season for San Antonio and has been out since January with a right quadriceps injury. I think the Cavs go up 2-0, then the Pacers win their two home games, then Cleveland just finishes the series out.

Since the 2015-2016 season in the National Basketball Association, when the Golden State Warriors - the reigning champions - passed Michael Jordan's 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls for a seemingly unbreakable record of 73 wins and nine losses in a single season, the National Basketball Association regular season has largely been considered boring and predictable.

Utah's game at Portland will decide the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.

If two teams with the same record meet in a round, standard tiebreaker rules are used. Davis can carry the Pelicans to a few wins, but Lillard has more help with CJ McCollum playing alongside him.

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The Raptors tied the Houston Rockets for the best home record in the league, 34-7. They lost more than 50 games and missed the playoffs both seasons under Hornacek. Utah, meanwhile, might be one of the league's toughest outs.

France and Australia lead the way in global representation in these playoffs, with seven players from each nation making it to the second season.

Toronto's history of coming up short in the playoffs shouldn't be much of a concern against Washington.

"It challenges players to improve their skill level because now if you can hand check and things like that, you really must be fundamentally sound", he said.

If there's going to be a major upset as far as seeding goes, it'll happen in this series. But without Irving? Making the series against the Bucks a close one will probably be an impressive achievement.

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. The different predictions also keep everyone excited, one reason being a 4th match-up between the Warriors and The Cavaliers.

The NBA said in a statement that the season which concluded on Wednesday set all-time records for total attendance, average attendance and highest number of sold-out games. It's also - due to the Celtics' injuries - pretty evenly matched, which can often make for a dramatic series. Other new logos and graphics will be placed throughout the building to monument the franchise's 27th playoff appearance. By winning on the season's final night to ensure each finished alone in third in their respective conferences, the Trail Blazers and 76ers picked up another $64,842 from the NBA's record $20 million playoff pool this season.

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