Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

NBA Regular-Season Ratings Hit 4-Year High

NBA Regular-Season Ratings Hit 4-Year High

The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs get things going in a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals at 3:00 p.m. Eastern — a somewhat unusual noon local time tip-off for the Warriors. Eastern, followed by the Washington Wizards at the Torontot Raptors, the Philadelphia 76'ers hosting the Miami Heat and the Portland Trail Blazers entertaining the New Orleans Pelicans.

Across the four networks with broadcast rights for the National Basketball Association, coverage was up an average 8 percent for the 2017-18 season - pulling almost 1.3 million viewers to each game.

Game 3s start Thursday, and all Game 7s — if necessary — would be on April 28 and 29.

By an average of almost half of a year, the Portland Trail Blazers have the youngest squad competing in the 2018 NBA Playoffs. Every basket seems to matter that much more to the players, and it is must watch.

Here is a look at the final Western Conference seeds before a quick prediction for each series.

While Thunder-Jazz feels like it's going to be a brawl, Blazers-Pelicans projects more like a lovely basketball ballet, with Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday and CJ McCollum awing crowds with crafty displays of finesse and skill, outperforming their opponents more than overpowering them.

The Jazz-Blazers game was the 1,230th and final regular-season matchup of the season.

It's fair to say the East is still Lebron's conference but this might be the year where the Toronto Raptors surprise everyone and prevent Lebron from making his eighth straight final appearance.

For the first time in the past four seasons, the favorites to win the championship this year are not the Golden State Warriors, winners of two of the last three finals and the Cleveland Cavaliers, victors in 2016 but losers in 2015 and 2017.

Minnesota is in the playoffs.

As if that weren't enough drama, the do-or-die game went into overtime before the Timberwolves scored the final seven points of the contest to clinch the 112-106 win and a spot in the playoffs.

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"Jeff is a true professional who has worked tirelessly for this organization the last two seasons", Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry said in a statement.

Once your brackets are done, you will be automatically a part of the official NBA Playoffs Bracket Challenge Philippine league. At one point the Wolves even held a top 4 seed around All-Star break. Besides that, they have locked up home-court advantage for the entire playoffs and have won over 80% of their games at home this season, giving them a huge advantage against any team they play.

Also in the east, Boston's Marcus Morris (2009-11) will have the No. 2-seed Celtics taking on No. 7 Milwaukee.

All the Game 1s will be Saturday or Sunday, at the lower seed.

For starters, it puts weight behind the regular season, which many argue is too long and drawn out. Despite that, Houston will face one of the toughest eight-seeds of all time in the Minnesota Timberwolves. Overall, if there was to be a 4th match-up between the two teams, I believe that more people will be rooting for the Warriors than the Cavs due to the fact that people hate to see Lebron win.

The 76ers routed Milwaukee 130-95 on Wednesday night to wrap up the No. 3 seed on the East bracket, and that meant No. 4 Cleveland will face No. 5 IN when the playoffs open this weekend.

Philadelphia is the hottest team in the postseason, winning its final 16 games to finish 52-30. Bettors should note that Philly was the second-best first-quarter team in the league, both in terms of points (29.4) and margin (plus-3.4).

No. 3 Philadelphia vs.

While Cleveland has been a disappointment all year, James has been outstanding. He finished with 10 points in just over 10 minutes.

This could end up being the best series in the first round. But if the Thunder want to get out of the first round, Westbrook is going to have to trust the talent around him.

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