The NBA playoffs have arrived, and here's 10 things to watch

They are predicted to avenge last year's defeat to win the series 4-1 and regain the title.

Will any team in the Western Conference stop the Golden State Warriors (67-15) from reaching the NBA Finals for the third year in a row?

So yes, that means we're in for an epic third showdown between the Warriors and Cavs for the NBA Finals.

However, this year's Golden State team is different. It's Playoff SZN, everybody-LET'S GET TO IT.

Second round I feel much better about.

Winning an NBA-record 73 games during the regular season previous year was basically rendered irrelevant in the wake of the stunning playoff collapse, and several Warriors players are still reeling from the defeat. This matchup might not be that tight, but expect Bulls star Jimmy Butler and seasoned playoff veterans Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo to make things interesting.

I get that the regular season series between these two teams was tight.

Sure, you see your friends and have a pretty good time, but there's something missing.

THOMPSON: I'm not dismissing the Celtics as much as I am not forgetting that LeBron played for Cleveland. However, other teams are geared up to overthrow the defending champion.

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I seem to be finding it. "But I had confidence that I would have my run", said Englishman Rose . Former champions Adam Scott and Charles Schwartzel are three and four shots back, respectively.

'We have to be locked in for these last remaining games'. The bench goes 11-deep, with midseason acquisitions Deron Williams, Derrick Williams and Kyle Korver adding punch to the reserve corps. IN (41-40) has won four straight games but still could need a fifth straight victory to ensure its ticket to the postseason. Even with George at his best, the Pacers are in over their heads against the Cavs. Considering that, the experts' prediction is Cavaliers in five. However, you can not forget about Rudy Gobert and his 14 points, 13 rebound and 3 blocks per game. Yes, the game slows down in the playoff which might be better for the Hawks, but it seems that after what looked like two years of moving towards being serious contenders in the East, the Hawks moved backwards.

A year after notching an National Basketball Association record-setting 73 regular season wins, the Warriors are once again at the top of the Western Conference.

Boston remained close to full strength, while Milwaukee rested players, including Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Washington was up and down over the past month, closing the season 8-9. Curry led the Warriors with an average of 25.3 points per game while Durant was right behind him with an average of 25.1 points per game. IN came into the final day with a one-game advantage and, holding no tie-breakers over either the eighth-placed Chicago Bulls or ninth-placed Miami Heat, had to win to secure their fate.

Winnings its last five games, IN hasn't lost since falling to the Cavs IN double overtime, 135-130. The Trail Blazers corrected an underwhelming 18-27 start to the season, to finish as the eighth seed in the Western Confernce. Game One will be Saturday at 3 ET in Cleveland. That helped seal the deal for them, win it and have a comeback. The Blazers are thin in the frontcourt and will have a hard time matching baskets with the triple-double threat and the offense powerhouse that is Green and Durant.

Neither team enters the playoffs on a roll. Gobert will give DeAndre Jordan and the Los Angeles Clippers all they can handle in the first round.

Memphis is in the playoffs for the seventh straight season. The Rockets were quite a surprise, though Mike D'Antoni is a great coach. OKLAHOMA CITY: Rockets in six. Adams is the tough guy and defender, and Kanter the rebounder and scorer off the bench. You can't ever say that about any team with LeBron James. They beat Utah in three of their four regular-season meetings. The problem for the Grizzlies is that Tony Allen, their defensive anchor, is going to miss most, if not all, of the series with a strained right calf.

The Celtics also have the least playoff experience (5,461 minutes) of any No. 1 seed since the 2004-05 Phoenix Suns.

Our pick: Clippers in seven.