Thunder will play Jazz or Rockets in first round of National Basketball Association playoffs

2018 NBA Playoffs: First-round schedule, initial thoughts on each series

SAN ANTONIO SPURS ANNOUNCE BROADCAST SCHEDULE FOR FIRST ROUND OF THE 2018 NBA PLAYOFFS

Cleveland will host IN at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, as LeBron James tries to lead the Cavs to its fourth straight NBA Finals appearance.

Nuggets and Timberwolves: Denver and Minnesota face off Wednesday with the final spot in the Western Conference top-8 on the line, but either could finish as high as sixth. Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo all rank in the 70th percentile or better in terms of points allowed per possession and as a team the Pacers rank No. 4 overall (0.84 points per possession). Westbrook always likes a good competition, and a good competition we will get.

No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. They have great players like DeRozan, and Lowry, and although they proven themselves by being the first seed on the east, but it may not be enough when it comes to playing any dominating West conference team.

Bucks 3. 76ers vs. 6.

The Celtics are locked in the No. 2 seed.

The 76ers wrapped this up by walloping the Bucks in the season finale.

Miami also owns the tiebreaker over the Wizards because they have a better "divisional winning percentage" (DWP) at.687 (11-5) compared to the Wizards'.533 DWP (8-7), which is subject to change but will not exceed the Heat's DWP. San Antonio will capture No. 6 with a win and a Trail Blazers win and a Thunder win.

The Timberwolves will get the No. 7 seed with a win and a Thunder win and a Spurs victory.

Miami got this spot by outlasting the Raptors in overtime and watching the Bucks decide not to show up against the 76ers. John Wall and Otto Porter didn't play, but still.

If you'd like the Jazz to face off against the Pelicans, then you have to cheer for New Orleans to defeat the Spurs, but unfortunately you also have to cheer for the Jazz to lose to the Blazers. A lot had to go right to get here.

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It all begins with the Thunder beating the Grizzlies on Wednesday night, though. The Thunder were swept by Portland this year, but won three of four against Utah.

Portland can finish no lower than fifth, and both of the scenarios in which that could happen involve Memphis upsetting Oklahoma City, combined with a San Antonio win over New Orleans.

But just in case it does take place, let's take a closer stab at what other situations Jazz fans should be pulling for.

Washington has a shot to move from eight to seven with a win over the Magic and a Heat loss to the Raptors, and they will get the C's in the first round.

We start with a close look a this season's title favorite, and it's not the Warriors or Cavaliers.

Blazers: No. 3 with a win, but could finish behind the Spurs or Thunder with a loss.

San Antonio lost badly to the Pelicans in New Orleans and saw their seed drop when Oklahoma City beat Memphis as expected.

Despite how hot they've been of late, the next matchup that I feel would be most favorable would be against the Denver Nuggets.

The Warriors, most likely without Steph Curry, will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Denver Nuggets (2/8 of scenarios).

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