2018 NBA Playoffs: Second-round preview
2018 NBA Playoffs
With the second round under way, let’s dive in straight into the series on hand.
Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers have knocked the Toronto Raptors out of the playoffs the last two years but the Raptors are finally the favored team and hope to play like it when the teams begin their Eastern Conference semifinals matchup.
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers
The Boston Celtics needed everything they had to survive a seven-game, first-round series with the Milwaukee Bucks. Their reward is an Eastern Conference semifinals matchup with one of the hottest teams in the league in the rested Philadelphia 76ers.
Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz
The Jazz vs. Rockets series is a classic matchup. The league’s best offense vs. the league’s best defense.
Golden State Warriors vs New Orleans Pelicans
One team was supposed to be here all along. The other was two regular-season losses away from missing the playoffs and setting into motion a major overhaul that likely would have included firing its coach and front office, and possibly would have stretched into a trade involving one of the league’s best players. But the stunning sweep of Portland by the Pelicans earned them a spot in the conference semifinals for the first time in a decade. It surely saved the job of head coach Alvin Gentry, and likely the job of GM Dell Demps, too. That means teams anticipating a Pels fire sale can cross off Anthony Davis from their wish lists.