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It’s always one of the most-anticipated times of the sports year … the start of the NBA Playoffs.

As we pointed out in yesterday’s edition of Jim Sez, the “Odds to Win it All” would suggest strongly that we’re headed towards yet another Golden State Warriors versus Cleveland Cavaliers showdown in the NBA Finals – Golden State’s priced at – 275 (to $100) to win it all while Cleveland’s listed as + 225 – but the free-for-all nonetheless starts this spring weekend and so let’s get right to it with a look at the NBA Playoffs first-round series that tip off here on this Easter Sunday:

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE –

#5 ATLANTA (43-39) at #4 WASHINGTON (49-33) – 1 p.m. ET, TNT

Let’s just say these teams were driven by differing philosophies this past 2016-17 regular season as the Washington Wizards worked super-hard to pull things together after a rag-tag start under head coach Scott Brooks while the Atlanta Hawks were dealing away (or attempting to deal away) many of its “name” players and yet here they go head-to-head in a first-round matchup where D.C. backcourt stars Bradley Beal and John Wall (they each averaged 23.1 ppg this season) look to push the pace against a Hawks bunch that ranks a respectable 10th in the league in scoring defense (104 ppg). Hey, Atlanta could “steal” this best-of-seven series providing the F Paul Millsap/PG Dennis Schroder tandem plays above/beyond their normal numbers.

 

(Note all home teams below in charts are in CAPS):

DATE    WINNER     SPREAD      LOSER         SCORE

10-27   ATLANTA   - 3.5      Washington    114-99

11-4     WASH         - 1.5      Atlanta              95-92

1-27     Washington  + 3.5 ATLANTA         112-86

3-22     WASH                - 7.5  Atlanta        104-100

 

 

#8 CHICAGO (41-41) at #1 BOSTON (53-29) – 6:30 p.m. ET, TNT

Everyone’s favorite “overachievers” – a/k/a the Boston Celtics – know that this has been a special hoops year in Beantown but G Isaiah Thomas (28.9 ppg) and mates can’t sleep on this series ‘cause Chicago’s veteran players (see Dwyane Wade and former Celt Rajon Rondo) know their way ‘round the post-season. Maybe the Celtics would be wise to make this a back-and-forth tilt right here in Games #1 and 2 in Boston and thus wear down the depth-shy Bulls here … just don’t see Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, Wade and Rondo being able to go 40-or-so minutes every night. If there’s an X-factor for Brad Stevens’ Boston bunch it’s energy man Jae Crowder who leads the team with a 40 percent accuracy rate from beyond the three-point arc – he could be open for lots of standstill triple tries here.

 

(Note all home teams below in charts are in CAPS):

DATE    WINNER     SPREAD      LOSER         SCORE

10-27     CHICAGO       - 1                   Boston           105-99

11-2        BOSTON         - 3                   Chicago          107-100

2-16        CHICAGO       + 1                   Boston           104-103

3-12        BOSTON         - 7.5                        Chicago          100-80

 

 

 

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In other NBA Playoff first-round series openers on Sunday, it’s …

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE –

#8 PORTLAND (41-41) at #1 GOLDEN STATE (67-15) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

As you can see from our accompanying game-by-game chart below, the G-State Warriors hammered Portland twice this year and wound up winning the four games played between these teams by a per-game margin of 19.5 points an outing. Geez, if Game 1 is a major landslide win – note the Warriors are a 14.5-point favorite (and growing) – than Steve Kerr’s guys might actually get bored although we do foresee a competitive game or two chucked into the mix providing Golden State triple shooters Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant go cold for a quarter or two. Yes, we know that Portland backcourt is special with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum (averaging a combined 50 ppg this year) but where else will the Blazers get their points?

 

(Note all home teams below in charts are in CAPS):

DATE    WINNER     SPREAD      LOSER         SCORE

11-1        Golden State         - 5.5                PORTLAND    127-104

12-17     GOLDEN STATE    - 14         Portland         135-90

1-4          GOLDEN STATE    - 16.5      Portland         125-117

1-29        Golden State         - 6           PORTLAND    113-111

 

 

#6 OKLAHOMA CITY (47-35) at #3 HOUSTON (55-27) – 9 p.m. ET, TNT

Maybe the NBA figures they’d leave the best for last this holiday weekend when it comes to the marquee matchups in Round One … no doubt that league die-hards are super-geeked for this “MVP Bowl” as Houston’s James Harden (29.1 ppg and 11.2 rpg) matches up with old Thunder buddy Russell Westbrook (31.6 ppg, 10.7 rpg and 10.4 apg) but – assuming this personal showdown is a “wash” – than how the heck does Okie City think it’s gonna win considering there’s lots more pop/power on the Rockets’ side?

No question Westbrook must be a bit more efficient with his shots (shooting just 42.5 pct this year) plus the likes of G Victor Oladipo and big man Enes Kanter must step up their games on the road against a Houston crew that won 30 times in its own yard. Harden’s gonna handle the ball 80 percent of the time here in both Game 1 and this entire series but it’s what the Rockets do when sixth man star Eric Gordon and friends do with the ball that likely determines this series.    

 

(Note all home teams below in charts are in CAPS):

DATE    WINNER     SPREAD      LOSER         SCORE

11-16     OKLA CITY             - 2.5                Houston         105-103

12-9        Houston                 - 1           OKLA CITY     102-99

1-5          HOUSTON             - 8           Okla City        118-116

3-26        HOUSTON             - 5.5                Okla City        137-125

 

 

NOTE: More NBA Playoff News/Notes in the next edition of Jim Sez plus there’s NFL Draft and MLB Notes too all next week right here … have yourself a great sports weekend!

 

 

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