Warriors now betting favorite for title
Golden State has overtaken the Cavs, according to the latest odds from Westgate.
- Warriors 7-4
- Cavaliers 12-5
- Spurs 5-1
- Hawks 12-1
- Bulls 14-1
Noah: 'No restrictions' on minutes
Joakim Noah, who missed the last two games, told reporters that he won't be limited for Game 1 tonight against the Bucks (7 p.m. ET on ESPN).
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The NBA postseason is here, with things tipping off up north:
- Wizards at Raptors, 12:30 ET, ESPN
- Pelicans at Warriors, 3:30 ET, ABC
- Bucks at Bulls, 7 ET, ESPN
- Mavericks at Rockets, 9:30 ET, ESPN
What to expect in the East
Will the Bucks' lack of playoff experience hurt them? Can LeBron James make it a perfect 10-0 in first-round series?
What to expect in the West
Whose hot streak will come to an end first in the Clippers-Spurs series? Can Portland go deep in the playoffs without Wesley Matthews?
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The Raptors have a 61% chance to beat the Wizards in the 1st Round according to BPI. Game 1 at 12:30 ET on ESPN.
Chandler Parsons understands the boos
The guard left Houston to join the Mavs last offseason, and the former Magic season-ticket holder said he can relate to the boos: "That's just how the world works. ... I booed Shaq when he came back. I booed T-Mac when he came back." The Mavs plays the Rockets in Game 1 tonight at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN. (via ESPN Dallas)
David Lee to miss today's Game 1
The Warriors F, who had been listed as questionable, has a strained lower back that also kept him out of the regular-season finale. James Michael McAdoo and Brandon Rush will be active for the playoff opener against the Pelicans.
Does net efficiency = title?
Over the last 30 years, having the best net efficiency in the regular season has resulted in an NBA title. Can the Warriors maintain that streak?
Rockets not bothered by Cuban comment
Despite Mavs owner Mark Cuban saying, "James Harden, I think, is the MVP because that's not a very good team over there," in a Grantland interview, the Rockets aren't concerned. Said Trevor Ariza: "We feel we're capable of being a championship-contending team and that's all that matters."
NBA playoffs begin today
One of the highlights on the slate? The 67-win Warriors hosting the Pelicans and the NBA playoff debut of Anthony Davis. The Warriors are the 10th team in NBA history to win at least 67 games in a season. Seven of the previous 9 went on to win the title.
NBA playoffs have arrived
Will Steph Curry and the Splash Brothers reign? Can King James regain the crown he lost last year? Or will the ageless Tim Duncan match Michael Jordan with a sixth ring? Those questions begin to get answered Saturday. Experts' picks
Brad Stevens praises LeBron
Said the Celtics coach: "But clearly LeBron is -- I don't think anyone would argue -- he's the best player in the game. You can argue who the MVP of the season is, I guess, but I kinda always go back to who's the best player in the game. He's the best one."
Abdul-Jabbar undergoes heart surgery
Thursday, on his 68th birthday, Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery. The hospital released a statement that said the surgery was successful and Abdul-Jabbar is expected to make a full recovery.