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NBA Playoffs: Game 1 thread

Let’s talk some playoff basketball.

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The NBA Playoffs are set to get underway this weekend and of the 16 teams still standing, six feature former Texas Longhorns. On another and far more surprising note, for the first time since the 2004-05 season, none of the teams taking part in the playoffs feature LeBron James, which, in a sense, means the Eastern Conference is wide open. The West, on the other hand, still appears to be the Warriors’ world, thanks in large part to reigning back-to-back NBA Finals MVP, Kevin Durant.

Most expect the Dubs to return to the Finals for the fifth time in as many seasons, and should that come to pass, who will emerge from the East to meet them there? Those questions will begin to be answered this weekend.

Saturday, April 13

  • 6 Brooklyn Nets (Jarrett Allen) @ 3 Philadelphia 76ers — 1:30 p.m. — ESPN
  • 7 Orlando Magic (D.J. Augustin, Mo Bamba) @ 2 Toronto Raptors — 4:00 p.m. — ESPN
  • 8 Los Angeles Clippers @ 1 Golden State Warriors (Kevin Durant) — 7:15 p.m. — ABC
  • 7 San Antonio Spurs (LaMarcus Aldridge) @ 2 Denver Nuggets — 9:30 p.m. — ESPN

Sunday, April 14

  • 5 Indiana Pacers (Myles Turner, Cory Joseph) @ 4 Boston Celtics — 12:00 p.m. — TNT
  • 6 Oklahoma City Thunder @ 3 Portland Trailblazers — 2:30 p.m. — ABC
  • 8 Detroit Pistons @ 1 Milwaukee Bucks — 6:00 p.m. — TNT
  • 5 Utah Jazz @ 4 Houston Rockets (P.J. Tucker) — 8:30 p.m. — TNT

This is your NBA Playoffs Game 1 thread.

**All times Central**