2018 NBA Playoffs: The Biggest Questions For Each First-Round Series

It took until the final game of the final night of the regular season, but the 2018 NBA playoff match-ups are finally set.

In the East, No. 1 Toronto will face No. 8 Washington, No. 2 Boston will face No. 7 Milwaukee, No. 3 Philadelphia will face No. 6 Miami, and No. 4 Cleveland will face No. 5 Indiana.

Out West, No. 1 Houston will play No. 8 Minnesota, No. 2 Golden State will play No. 7 San Antonio, No. 3 Portland will play No. 6 New Orleans, and No. 4 Oklahoma City will play No. 5 Utah.

Without further ado, let’s dig into eight burning questions—one for each series—that will shape the upcoming postseason.

1. Will the Raptors live up to their billing as the first round’s biggest favorites?

The first round’s most lopsided series doesn’t involve the Rockets, who led the league in wins and point differential, or the defending champion Warriors. No, it’s the Raptors who enjoy the largest regular-season point differential advantage over their first-round opponent, the Wizards.

2017-18 Net Point Differential Between First-Round Opponents

  • Raptors +7.2 over Wizards
  • Rockets +6.3 over Timberwolves
  • Sixers +4 over Heat
  • Celtics +3.9 over Bucks
  • Warriors +3.1 over Spurs
  • Blazers +1.3

    Article source: https://www.si.com/nba/2018/04/12/2018-nba-playoffs-eight-burning-questions-warriors-rockets-cavaliers

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