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

08:25  12 april  2018
08:25  12 april  2018 Source:   ap.org

Kings clinch playoff spot with Blues' loss to Blackhawks

  Kings clinch playoff spot with Blues' loss to Blackhawks The Los Angeles Kings clinched a playoff berth following the St. Louis Blues' loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Hey @LAKings fans!

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs. It ' s playoff time : The NBA ' s first - round pairings There are some rematches from the 2017 playoffs already waiting. Cleveland swept Indiana in the first round last year, and Boston needed seven

- Chris Paul , who has often been the best basketball player for either team on the floor, is out for Game 6. Uh, oh, Houston, we've got a problem. Not James Harden , Chris Paul is out. This is the luckiest team in the world. Think about this. Let' s go back to 2015. They meet the Cavs in the finals.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich disputes a call with referee Mike Callahan (24) in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld) © The Associated Press San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich disputes a call with referee Mike Callahan (24) in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)

MIAMI — The brackets for the NBA playoffs are set, with all eight first-round matchups decided on the very last night of the regular season.

Portland beat Utah in the final game on the schedule. The Trail Blazers earned the No. 3 seed and will play No. 6 New Orleans, while Oklahoma City climbed into the No. 4 spot and will take on the fifth-seeded Jazz.

No. 1 Houston plays No. 8 Minnesota in another West quarterfinal, and defending NBA champion Golden State — the No. 2 seed in the West — meets No. 7 San Antonio.

In the East, No. 1 Toronto will play No. 8 Washington, No. 2 Boston meets No. 7 Milwaukee, No. 3 Philadelphia faces No. 6 Miami and No. 4 Cleveland opens against No. 5 Indiana.

Maple Leafs hope for new ending in Game 7 against Bruins .
The Toronto Maple Leafs are back in another Game 7 against the Boston Bruins.After beating the Bruins in back-to-back elimination games to force their first-round playoff series to the limit — just like they did in 2013 — the Maple Leafs are hoping to finish the job on Wednesday in Game 7 in Boston.

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