Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

The field is set: National Basketball Association matchups for 2019 playoffs finalized

The field is set: National Basketball Association matchups for 2019 playoffs finalized

They begin a quest to become the first team in 50 years to win four titles in five years when they host the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers (48-34) today.

The bottom three teams in the West's playoff race have waited till the last day of the National Basketball Association season to finalize their seed.

Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey is unsure if All-Star power forward Blake Griffin will be healthy for Game 1 of the first round against the Milwaukee Bucks.

That doesn't mean Houston will suffer a shock first-round exit. Harden scored at least 30 points in 32-straight games, including a 60 point, 15 rebound and five assist show against the New York Knicks. His status for the playoff opener has yet to be determined, coach Dwane Casey told reporters after the victory.

The 2018-19 National Basketball Association regular season is closing up within a week, but the victor of Most Valuable Player (MVP) this year remains debatable.

The Rockets path to the Conference Finals and beyond is now far more hard than it could (and arguably should) have been.

We saw this matchup in the second round last season, and the Rockets won in 5.

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No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. But since Durant signed with Golden State, he's been the one that's made the biggest playoff shots for the Warriors and carried the team when they've found themselves in trouble.

The NBA playoffs consist of eight teams from the Eastern Conference and eight teams from the Western Conference to make 16 in total.

Brook Lopez has been the iron man and two-way anchor for injury-riddled Bucks this season: Also of the Journal Sentinel, Matt Velazquez touched on the stabilizing presence Brook Lopez has been for the Bucks throughout the season as well as providing some other news and notes heading into the team's final game of the regular season.

Sure, the Celtics had their problems during the regular season, but the postseason offers them a fresh start. That is, of course, winning a playoff series. Doc Rivers merits consideration for that achievement alone.

The Bucks have numerous activities planned for the first round, including watch parties on the plaza in front of Fiserv Forum.

Although they claimed the third seed in the West, injuries and an terrible recent playoff history leave the Portland Trail Blazers looking vulnerable to an upset at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 82-regular season is officially over with the playoff seeds all set. But Philly has just two series wins since 2003.

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San Antonio is in the postseason for a record-tying 22nd consecutive season. But just last season, the Raptors had to put him on the bench in crunch time against Cleveland.

Moreover, the strength and physicality of Thunder guard Russell Westbrook guarantee Lillard will face a tough task getting his points. However, this organization hasn't won a first round series since 2001. The Magic have gone 11-2 in their last 13 games to surge into the seventh seed. Paul Millsap's experience will help a young roster, and they are also aided by not having to worry about the Warriors until the Conference Finals.

COUSINS' CHANCE: DeMarcus Cousins makes his playoff debut after a nine-year wait, and after returning from a devastating injury - he missed almost a year recovering from surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon suffered last season with New Orleans.

The Warriors finished the season with a true shooting percentage of 59.6%, more than a full percentage point better than any other team.

Regular-season play is fun to watch, but it's the pressure-filled moments of the postseason that really count.

That will not be enough against the Celtics. The Rockets shoot threes at an unprecedented rate, while Utah is the best in the league at limiting 3-point attempts. Giannis and Harden both had quality game performances throughout the season, and both of them have strong reasons for winning the MVP.

Yahoo Sports NBA playoff predictions.

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