Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

National Basketball Association playoffs 2018: Predictions, picks for Warriors vs. Spurs first-round series

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But those two teams - those matchup nightmares and worst-case scenarios for the Warriors - can't face Golden State until the Western Conference Finals, should they advance past Houston, who themselves will face a full-strength Minnesota team that stands a chance of making things a bit interesting in the first round.

109.9. In their last 10 games of the season, the Warriors' defense unraveled, allowing 109.9 points per 100 possessions, which ranked 28th in the league in that span.

"I was talking to several coaches and execs from teams in the West morass from 3-9 - the fear factor for the Warriors without Curry does not exist", Lowe said.

The Nuggets and the Timberwolves played for a berth in the playoffs, and the Jazz, Blazers, Thunder, and Spurs were all fighting for a better seed going into the last day.

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The Warriors will be without Stephen Curry, who is recovering after knee surgery, and that's an obvious blow to their offense. "Well, the last two years, it made sense to do the one-year deal".

Curry, the engine of the Warriors, whose skill set helps generate the entire offense, apparently changes that.

The NBA playoffs begin this Saturday with the Golden State Warriors tied with the Houston Rockets with the best odds to win the title. But the Spurs have bigger problems, having been without Kawhi Leonard for the bulk of the year as he has pulled himself from the floor with a mysterious quadriceps injury.

Most in the National Basketball Association world believe the answer is yes, mainly because the Warriors have noted all season long that this year would be a grind as they wait for the playoffs, their true season, to begin. He has added a defensive element to his game this year making him one of, if not the best two-way player in the National Basketball Association.

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