Minnesota is trying to get into the playoffs for the first time since 2004 - the longest current drought in the National Basketball Association.
The defending champions will nearly certainly be without the injured Stephen Curry for the duration of the series, which will give the Thunders hope to cause a major upset, but they will need Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to provide Russell Westbrook with the kind of support they have only seldom offered in the regular season. The Timberwolves had to win their final three games, including a play-in showdown with the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, just to get into the playoff field. That game is followed by the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors, hosting the No. 8 Washington Wizards at 5:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors NBA Finals, as Odds Shark reported it is the favorite on the sportsbooks at a +345 moneyline price.
"We're one of 16 teams that have a chance to win a championship", James said. Fans will remember the controversial closeout from Zaza Pachulia that hurt Kawhi Leonard in Game 1, resulting in a blown lead for the Spurs and a series sweep for the Warriors, who went on to win the 2017 NBA Finals.
The Rockets waived Tim Quarterman Wednesday and replaced him with Aaron Jackson, who has spent the last seven seasons playing overseas. The Rockets go into the playoffs with their best ever record. The Oklahoma City Thunder face the tanking Memphis Grizzlies, so it'd be pretty stunning if they lose that game.
Yes, that was the number Quarterman wore in his stint with the Rockets, and the team just didn't have time to get Jackson's name plate sewed on. Our postseason probabilities are based on the win rates that fuel our weekly power rankings and take into account a team's actual win-loss record; its expected win-loss record based on points scored and allowed, also known as its Pythagorean winning percentage; and its regressed win-loss record to account for a small sample size of only 82 games played. The teams split their four-game regular-season series.
There is on Golden State. Eastern Time game against No. 6 Miami at 8 p.m.