NBA Playoffs: Top rookie performances through Game 1

2018 NBA Playoffs

NBA playoff match-ups set

They are destroying teams just like they did at the end of the regular season.

THE NBA Playoffs Challenge has been launched on the league's official website, in the hope of generating more interest from fans all over the world. James-led teams have won an awesome seven straight Eastern Conference titles. Don't be surprised if there are no sweeps in the first round as even the 8th seeds in both conferences have stars like John Wall, Bradley Beal, Jimmy Butler, and Karl Anthony-Towns. Hopefully we will see the Houston Rockets, and Golden State Warriors go to game seven in the Western Conference Finals, and see who holds the best team to challenge James and his royalty title of "The King". The Warriors should at least make it back to the conference final, where chances are either the Rockets or OKC will be waiting.

On ESPN's analytical side, Kevin Pelton ranked the eight playoff series by which are most likely to produce an upset. Still, Terry Rozier has stepped up in the lead guard role.

No active players have appeared in more regular-season games without any getting any postseason run than Casspi and Cousins.

The seed lucky enough to draw the injury-ravaged Celtics is Milwaukee.

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"I feel pretty ready", Toronto guard Kyle Lowry said. But at 43-39 on the year, this team has the worst record among 2018 playoff teams. Both Draymond Green (12 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds) and Kevin Durant (24 points, eight rebounds, seven assists) almost recorded triple-doubles, and Golden State fired on all cylinders.

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Oladipo said it best postgame: "We're fully aware of LeBron. and we realize it's not going to be easy, but that doesn't mean we're going to come in here and just fold". Look for both teams to crack triple figures in every game of the series, which Houston will win in five.

The NBA has been stressing better relationships between referees and players for months, and teams do provide some of the feedback that goes into the evaluation process for choosing which officials make the playoffs. They had never won an opening game, but that is now behind them.

But the 2016 National Basketball Association champion Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a shell of their former selves while falling hard to the Indiana Pacers to open their series.

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The Thunder have been a middle-of-the-road defensive team since losing Andre Roberson in January, and that figures to make the difference here - the Rockets will shoot 35-40 3-pointers per game against OKC, a team that has allowed opponents to make 39.1 percent of their 3s over their final 25 games.

So are 15 other teams.

Then we have No. 3 seed, Portland Trail Blazers.

Things could not have worked out much better for the Sixers in the East playoff bracket.

Portland has too much firepower especially in the backcourt and with the injury of DeMarcus Cousins, the Trailblazers should emerge the victors in six games. If Game 1 is any indicator, this series could be one for the ages. Not only has Davis stepped up since Cousins went down, but Jrue Holiday and the rest of the Pels have started to gel as the season came to a close. Cleveland had no rhythm offensively and finished shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from beyond the arc in Game 1. "If he missed foul shots in one of our games, he would punish himself by going home and shooting 500 free throws in his backyard". User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. I think he delivers in the biggest way.

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