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Liberty Ballers’ 2018 NBA Playoffs Open Thread - April 17

As the Philadelphia 76ers head down to South Beach to continue their first-round matchup with the Miami Heat, we have some more playoff basketball to keep us occupied over the next two days.

NBA: Playoffs-Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve got a couple days between now and Game 3 of the Sixers/Heat series, but instead of heading out to Club LIV tonight, let’s hang out in the comment section below and watch some playoff basketball!

(8) Washington Wizards at (1) Toronto Raptors - 7:00 PM ET, NBA TV

For the 22nd straight season, a Toronto Raptors playoff game will be shown on NBA TV. But for the first time in seemingly forever, Toronto is actually leading a postseason series 1-0.

The Wizards are going to need John Wall to be a little less erratic in Game 2 (6-for-20 from the field on Saturday) if they hope to head back to DC with a split. However, if the Raptors are able to replicate their Game 1 shooting performance (16-for-30 from deep), Washington will have their work cut out for them.

(7) Milwaukee Bucks at (2) Boston Celtics - 8:00 PM ET, TNT

Sunday’s Game 1 was almost “The Khris Middleton Game” (the shot he hit at the end of regulation was simply absurd), but 20 turnovers ultimately doomed the Milwaukee Bucks to a 113-107 overtime defeat. Relying on five players for the majority of your scoring (as the Celtics did in Game 1) doesn’t appear to be sustainable, so this series feels like it’ll go at least six games.

(6) New Orleans Pelicans at (4) Portland Trail Blazers - 10:30 PM ET, TNT

New Orleans was the only road team to win on Saturday, and they’ll head back to the Big Easy with a commanding 2-0 if the pull off a victory tonight. Jrue Holiday was the best guard on the floor in Game 1, and Rajon Rondo’s play-making (17 assists) allowed Anthony Davis and Nikola Mirotic to dominate Portland’s bigs. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combining to go 13-for-41 from the floor is probably an aberration, so don’t be surprised if the Trail Blazers even the ledger in Game 2.

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