NBA Playoff Bracket 2018: Predictions for Remainder of Postseason Picture

He started in 62 games during the regular season and started in his postseason game on Saturday afternoon. Absolutely. There's nothing more unsafe than a team that has nothing to lose and that's exactly what this Celtics team is.

From the top seeds in Houston and Toronto, to the old stalwarts in Golden State and Cleveland, to the brash up-and-comers in Philadelphia and Minnesota, there are potential storylines galore and no real way to predict how it all may shake out. Last season's playoffs were characterized by utter domination by the Cavs and Warriors in their respective conferences, but that might not be the case this year. Yes, only a chance-Kevin Durant could take over any series and has a talented enough team to win without Curry.

In the first round they'll face the daunting San Antonito Spurs. The Warriors are likely to be without Steph Curry for the opening series against the Spurs with the Spurs themselves without their superstar, Kawhi Leonard. Plus, he's never lost a first round playoff match-up. They should have Joel Embiid back at full strength here, and he will be a big problem for the duo of Aron Baynes and Greg Monroe. They should start with less of Green, and more Nance and Osman. But under the leadership of Simmons the 76er's have done the opposite.

What were the biggest surprises from the opening weekend of the 2018 National Basketball Association playoffs? He also broke the all-time 3-pointers record made by a rookie.

BC-BKN-NBA Playoff Capsules, 310 Heat snap 76ers 17-game winning streak, even up seriesAP Photo PACS109Eds: With AP Photos. They are losing games and not getting the performances out of their key players. Furthermore, it has ultimately resulted in plenty of regular season success.

This might be the most interesting matchup in the first round, as these two teams appear to be the most evenly matched.

Without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, would it be that much of a surprise to see the young starting trio Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier engineer a run to the NBA Finals? But if the Thunder want to get out of the first round, Westbrook is going to have to trust the talent around him. Chris Paul added two free throws after that for Houston, but a tip-in by Karl-Anthony Towns got Minnesota back within 3.

The Cavaliers have had more drama than an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians. Toronto will be the favorites in this series indefinitely, and, 888 Sport has them up at 1.33, while the Wizards are at 3.45.

He kept up the strong play all game long, coming up with a few huge plays down the stretch, as the Heat held off a furious comeback attempt by the Sixers.

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Could this be the last postseason for LeBron James in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform?

James has been to the finals seven years in a row — four times with the Heat, three more since returning to Cleveland. That being said, this year seems different.

Check back for predictions, odds and more from CBS News and CBS Sports.

With two huge shots in the final seconds of regulation and big performances all around, Game 1 of this first-round series was an instant classic. It was his first playoff game with the Thunder since being acquired in a trade with in in the offseason.

If the new comers shrink on the King's stage, then they might be performing solo come next season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (34 points), Khris Middleton (31 points) and Malcolm Brogdon (16 points) were excellent for the Bucks, but the rest of the team shot 11-of-29 from the field.

It's hard to see Cleveland struggling that much on the offensive end again, but the Pacers are very capable of performing at a similar level. And we can't wait to see what hoodie you wear for Game 1. - A.C.

Playing without injured All-Star center Joel Embiid for the 10th straight game, the Sixers almost pulled off an epic comeback and rallied from 16 down to just two points late in the fourth.



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