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17:45  15 may  2019
17:45  15 may  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

NBA playoffs 2019: Kawhi Leonard gets ridiculous bounce in game-winner to top 76ers

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The 2019 NBA Playoffs are nearing the Eastern Conference Finals and we broke down the schedule with the latest info on dates and times, as well as a prediction . As the 2019 NBA Playoffs inch closer to the NBA Finals , we’re getting a clear idea of how the two semifinals matchups could look.

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The Bucks will meet the Raptors with a chance to compete for a championship on the line.

Milwaukee easily advanced to the Eastern Conference finals by defeating the Celtics in its second-round series. Toronto, on the other hand, squeaked past the 76ers when Kawhi Leonard hit a miraculous fourth-quarter buzzer-beater in Game 7, the first of its kind in NBA playoffs history.

The top-seeded Bucks and second-seeded Raptors were the two best teams in the East all season long, and Leonard and Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo are two of the league’s biggest stars. This should be a fun series.

NBA playoffs 2019: Western Conference finals preview, prediction

NBA playoffs 2019: Western Conference finals preview, prediction While the Warriors were expected to make it this far from the start of the season, the Trail Blazers have been a surprise.

The 2019 NBA Playoffs are rolling along and we broke down the Western Conference Finals Obviously, if both matchups wrap up early enough and the same happens in the Eastern Western Conference Finals Prediction & Preview . While it’s hard to bet against the Warriors in any situation

NBA Playoff Schedule: Eastern & Western Conference Finals 2019 . The Bucks and Warriors both enter the conference finals somewhat rested. Portland and Toronto had to pull out Game 7’s in the closing minutes.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals tips off Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET (TNT) in Milwaukee.

No. 1 Bucks vs. No. 2 Raptors

Players to watch: Leonard and Antetokounmpo have shined this postseason, and the individual matchup between the two will be a must-watch. Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is a five-time All-Star but has been inconsistent so far in the playoffs, as he’s averaging 12.4 points while shooting just 28.1% from 3-point range. Toronto will need him to pick it up. Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon returned from a foot injury in Game 5 against the Celtics. His defense and 3-point shooting should have a major impact in this series.

Stat to know: Pascal Siakam has had a breakout season for the Raptors in 2018-19. He increased his scoring average by 9.6 points (16.9 per game), while also posting career highs in rebounds (6.9) and assists (3.1). He shot a respectable 36.9% from 3-point range, as well. Siakam has scored 20.8 points per game in the playoffs and has the potential to be a difference-maker against the Bucks.

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The Warriors will face the Trail Blazers in this year's Western Conference finals . While Golden State was expected to make it this far from the start of the season, Portland has been a surprise. After all, the two-time defending champs have been to the NBA Finals the last four years. This is Portland's first

Hidden storyline: The Bucks and Raptors benches have been trending in opposite directions. Milwaukee can turn to its second unit — led by Ersan Ilyasova, George Hill, Pat Connaughton and Brogdon — for long stretches. The Raptors, meanwhile, have received almost nothing from their reserves, which has forced them to play their starters heavy minutes throughout the playoffs. That fatigue could present a problem in the conference finals.

Odds: Bucks (-300), Raptors (+240)

Prediction: Raptors in seven

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NBA Finals 2019: Raptors' Danny Green plans to 'keep shooting' vs. Warriors despite slump.
“Trust me, I’m going to keep shooting," Green told reporters Monday. "‘Don’t think about it.’ I’m trying not to.” Green has connected on just 31.4% of his attempts from distance during the playoffs, including a 4-for-23 performance against the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals, a series the Raptors won in six games. “I’m not second guessing myself,” Green said. “Whenever I get a look, more so than anything I try to let my defense fuel that side of the floor for me.

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