Fight For Survival in the 2018 NBA Playoffs
So, the NBA playoffs started, and the whole world is waiting to see what is going to happen. Are the Warriors capable of repeating the success from the last year? Or will another team emerge and make a huge sensation. Don't forget the Cavs, they are aiming for a title as well.
At this stage, we could see that everything goes according to most of the expectations, except in the matchup between Pelicans and Blazers, where Anthony Davis and the boys got a 0-2 lead before heading back for Big Eazy.
Warriors are doing their part of the job well, and when Steph Curry comes back, they will still be the No.1 contender for the title. Houston has a two win advantage over T-Wolves, but does CP# and James Harden capable of standing up to the Warriors, who are pretty confident even without their best player? OKC has a tough matchup against the Jazz, and they will have to put a lot of energy in it to advance further. Just last night in game two, the Thunder couldn't seem to find an answer to the sensational rookie Donovan Mitchall as the the series tied at 1-1. Still, the Oklahoma is a team with three superstars, and you never know when they can explode. They can be very nasty in the semifinals.
Eastern Conference is much more interesting. Pacers snapped one win in Cleveland, but couldn't claim a repeat in game two with LeBron putting on a 46 point show to clutch the W. You can bet that more sparks will fly this Friday as they head back to Indiana for game three. We also see that the Celtics have maintained the level of their performance, and it appears that Tatum and Brown are getting along very well in these playoffs. Of course it is still early, and we need to see how are they going to reach to the away games, but anyway, it is our prediction that Celtics are going to advance here in 5 games.
The Toronto Raptors are the real enigma here. They have won both of their first two games against the Washington Wizards, and by doing so, have created the most exciting match of the whole first round which might possibly go on to seven games. The team's friendly duo Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan are boosting confidence that they will take their Conference Title and quite possibly the Championship as well. Philadelphia vs Miami is our next big matchup. If Embiid doesn't come back until game 4, 76ers will be having a hard time making it to the semis. At the current moment, even with out Embiid, the two teams are at a tied 1-1 series with their next game going into Miami territory. Will Ben Simmons and the rest of the 76ers be able to bring down Dwyane Wade and the Heat? We will surely know soon enough.
To summarize, there are no clear favorites on who is coming out to the playoffs. With great matchups like the Thunder vs Jazz, Cavs vs Pacers, and the 76ers vs the Heat, it's literally anyones ball game. Sure, there are some outcomes that look pretty well determined, The Rockets and Golden State are making light work out of their opponents, but surviving the first round and winning the conference are two completely different challenges. Things will most definitely get more interesting as this weeks games unfold and we see which team can make it to round two of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.