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National Basketball Association playoff matchups and schedule

14 April 2018

They clinched the eighth and final spot in the West on Wednesday with a 112-106 win over the Denver Nuggets.

The Jazz-Blazers game was the 1,230th and final regular-season matchup of the season.

Quin Snyder doesn't seem to be at the top of many lists.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey is not giving his most important starters the night off in a finale that means nothing standings-wise to the Raptors.

We're counting down each of the 16 playoff teams by how much you should want to jump on their bandwagon. This Milwaukee team might be the worse team to make the playoffs. Rookie of the Year candidate Donovan Mitchell is a big-time scorer, and the Thunder's defense has been unimpressive since Andre Roberson went down for the year with an injury. Not every coach is willing to do that. If he ever truly commits to the other end of the court-and the Wolves really need it from Wiggins just to keep from getting swept-the Canadian product has beast potential.

This was the toughest decision for me.

Texas guard Ariel Atkins taken in first round by WNBA's Mystics
After placing on the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2015, she developed into an all-conference player during her senior campaign. After all, her father Roscoe said, all this hoopla has become part of the territory for the 6-foot-5 superstar.

The Philadelphia 76ers have been without their dominate big man, Joel Embiid, since March 28th.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this is going to be an upset. The Raptors not only have the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference wrapped up, but they'll also finish with the NBA's second-best record behind Houston. The broadcast network's coverage was up a strong 17 percent, besting TNT (up 13 percent), ESPN (up 4 percent) and NBA TV (relatively steady, improved 1 percent). So what does the playoff picture look like this year? John Wall has played in just four games since January 27, and the Wizards have oddly looked better without the star point guard.

Here's a look at the average age of each National Basketball Association playoff team, sorted from youngest to oldest. Well, he does now. He's barely been challenged before the second round during his string of seven straight NBA Finals appearances, and this year should be no different. After signing with the Lakers and making more than half of his entire G League annual salary in three days in the NBA, Ingram did not disappoint.

Houston Rockets - Right now? Here you go. Also: Chris Paul needs a ring.

It's true beauty lies in its thoughtful "subtlety" as even the sleeves got plastered.

LeBron James might have had his best National Basketball Association season yet - at age 33, no less. That doesn't factor into my pick for MVP. They're scrappy, and while the lack of talent will catch up to them at some point, it might just be later than everyone thinks. - Z.F.

Beaten Pep Guardiola must be sick of the sight of Jürgen Klopp
The Premier League trophy will still be won — within weeks given City's 13-point lead — to go with the League Cup that is already in the Etihad Stadium trophy cabinet.

Nunez: Call me insane, but the Washington Wizards versus Toronto Raptors matchup poses the most legitimate shot at an upset in the first round. San Antonio can't be that team if Leonard isn't on the court, and there's no indication he'll be returning anytime soon.

Of course, it's not all about stats.

There are also individual milestones and team records on the line. The future Hall of Famer posted his highest scoring average (27.5) since 2009-'10 while setting career highs in assists (9.1) and rebounds (8.6); all while leading the league in minutes played. I don't think the games in Houston will be close for the most part.

Meanwhile, James had to dig his team out of "Strugglesville".

The Western Conference playoff picture could change dramatically by Wednesday's completion, but if the hoops gods give us this series, just give thanks and cherish it.

Trust me, LeBron-haters. I was you for many years.

Greater expectations for Merrill golf in 2018 — SPRING SPORTS
Maximillian Mehles was UK's second best performer as he finished seven-under par, good enough to finish tied for third. The other captains are senior Teagan Townsend and junior Rachel Anderson, who played some on the varsity last season .