It's playoff time: The NBA's first-round pairings are set

It's playoff time: The NBA's first-round pairings are set

The No. 4 seed Oklahoma City Thunder will match-up against the No. 5 seed Utah Jazz in the First Round of the 2018 NBA Western Conference Playoffs, it was announced today. With a loss though, they would fall all the way to the 8th spot. The victor of that game won't necessarily finish in the 8th spot, however. Eastern Time. The Portland Trail Blazers will host the New Orleans Pelicans at 10:30 p.m.

For the San Antonio Spurs they could finish as high as fifth or as low as eight and most of that is based one what the other teams do.

The Process is finally delivering the expected results and the 76ers are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

As if getting to the playoffs wasn't enough, there's a bit of a financial stake at play for Minnesota and Denver in their finale - the winning team splits $298,485, as part of the NBA's $20 million playoff pool this season.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers hugs Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers after the game at the Wells Fargo Center on April 6, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Rockets went just 3-3 in April, but considering they were 28-1 from January 29-March 30, there is no doubting their abilities.

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With the final day of the National Basketball Association season upon us, there are still a ton of scenarios to play out, and the most important one is the play-in game in the Western Conference.

If Memphis wins in Oklahoma City and San Antonio wins in New Orleans on Wednesday, the Wolves will get the No. 6 seed and face the victor of the Portland-Utah game. Eastern, with TNT providing the telecast. That gives them the prize of the top team overall this season in the first round.

Wednesday's final night of the regular season was well beyond dramatic - an overtime game between Minnesota and Denver to decide the last berth, another overtime game between Miami and Toronto to determine some East fates, a 46-point first quarter by Philadelphia, an absurd 20-rebound, 19-assist night from Russell Westbrook. Many Rockets fans are already predicting a first-round sweep much to the chagrin of Minnesota fans.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, meanwhile, are trending in the opposite direction.

The defending champion Warriors figure to be without star guard Stephen Curry (knee) for the entire first-round series, but considering the Spurs are still without Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps), Golden State will remain a heavy favorite. Golden State finals is right there at +368 and Cavs vs. Rockets finals is at +469 odds for third overall.

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