Bracket predictions, series picks for first-round matchups

The 2017 NBA playoffs tip off Saturday, and we have picks and predictions for each first-round matchup of the playoff bracket.

The Warriors once again enter the NBA playoffs as the odds-on favorite to reach the Finals, but there are some teams ready to unseat the defending Western Conference champions.

Parity is the name of the game in the Eastern Conference bracket. LeBron James and the Cavaliers lost their No. 1 seed to the Celtics, but the defending champs are still considered favorites to make the Finals.

Let’s take a look at the full NBA playoff bracket, and our playoff picks and predictions for each first-round matchup.

And maybe by the end of this Warriors’ run, Pachulia will finally knock down a 3-pointer. One can dream. In the meantime, he is just soaking in this experience.

Sometimes, he said, you are in a situation where you want to speed up time, but right now this is the opposite. It doesn’t happen a lot in life. I want time to go very slow so I can do this as much as I can. It wasn’t easy, trust me. There were bumps on the road, a lot of tough moments. But look where we are.

It’s not wrong for George to want the last shot, and it’s not right to criticize him for passing it up when the situation calls. Contrast George’s final possession to Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth Joe Johnson’s buzzer-beater against the Clippers. Johnson brought the ball up against an unset defense, got a switch against a subpar defender in Jamal Crawford and drove to the basket unimpeded as Clippers defenders hugged their Cheap Hockey Jerseys assignments (In those moments of the game, guys are not going to help, Johnson said after the game).

No, really, look at Chris Paul literally hugging Gordon Hayward.

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