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Liberty Ballers’ 2018 NBA Playoffs Open Thread - April 28

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The Western Conference semifinals start tonight, but first... we’ll get to find out who the Sixers’ second-round opponent will be.

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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

There are those who want to re-kindle the 76ers/Celtics rivalry, and there are those who’d prefer to play the Bucks since the Sixers would have homecourt advantage. Regardless of who you feel, we’re only a few hours from finding out exactly who Joel Embiid and Co. will face next week. The home team has won every game in this series, so if that holds, let’s make a date for the TD Garden on Monday.

(6) New Orleans Pelicans at (2) Golden State Warriors - 10:30 PM ET, TNT

The New Orleans / Portland first-round matchup was referred to in some circles as the POR/NO series... which is appropriate since what Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis did to the Trail Blazers could be considered indecent in a few states. Can the Pelicans keep that magic going against the defending champion Warriors? Well... that answer depends on the health of Steph Curry’s right ankle and left knee - Golden State’s all-everything guard missed the entire first round, and was just cleared for 5-on-5 action yesterday.