NBA podcasts du jour: Playoffs previews, Knicks coaching job and more

NBA podcasts du jour: Playoffs previews, Knicks coaching job and more

Sunday's NBA Playoffs schedule brings four more games.

Golden State Warriors (2) vs. San Antonio Spurs (7) - This is a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals in name alone, as Golden State is without two-time MVP Stephen Curry this time around and the Spurs' franchise missing marquee player, Kawhi Leonard, remains out after playing just nine games this season. Eastern, followed by the Washington Wizards at the Torontot Raptors, the Philadelphia 76'ers hosting the Miami Heat and the Portland Trail Blazers entertaining the New Orleans Pelicans.

No. 3 Portland vs.

The NBA said in a statement that the season which concluded on Wednesday set all-time records for total attendance, average attendance and highest number of sold-out games.

The NBA regular season felt like an eternity, however, unlike past year this postseason is shaping up to be one of the best.

As with every postseason, there are a few players who become more interesting within the playoff setting.

"The idea that there is a super-team out there in the Golden State Warriors and a half-dozen franchises trying to dethrone them, creates a narrative that makes people want to watch", Marc Ganis, president of the marketing firm Sportscorp, told The Hollywood Reporter earlier in the National Basketball Association season. With Joel Embiid out for at least Game 1 - which gives the Heat a chance to steal a game in Philly - the legit feud between Embiid and Hassan Whiteside that figures to explode at some point once Embiid gets back and the suddenly vast pressure on the Sixers to live up to the expectations they've created for themselves, we have all the makings for a dramatic series.

Philadelphia beats Miami in six games: The hottest team in the league with a insane and rabid fan base is in for a treat this spring.

The Warriors are listed as -1250 favorites against the seventh-seeded San Antonio Spurs (47-35), who are +850 underdogs and won a tiebreaker with the Timberwolves. That coupled with the pressure of achieving what for many of these men has been a lifelong dream creates a drama you do not see in a regular season contest.

Equal Pay Day emphasizes inequity in gender pay
Equal Pay Day is here raising awareness on the pay gap between men and women throughout the United States and around the world. Even though there is progress being made - thanks in part to the Equal Pay Act passed in 1963 - we still have a long way to go.

Washington has struggled as of late, losing seven of their last 10 games. Along with a sneaky good second-unit that features, Jae Crowder, Royce O'Neale, and Dante Exum, one must like the Jazz's chance of beating the Thunder.

What the playoff seeding really does for Golden State is give time for players such as Curry, Andre Iguodala and Pat McCaw to heal from various injuries and get them healthy to defend their throne.

NBA All-Star Joel Embiid (2013-14) has helped lead No. 3 Philadelphia to its first NBA playoff appearance since 2012. Kyrie Irving missed most of the end of the year with knee injuries, and Hayward - who broke his ankle in the season-opener - did not even play a full game.

The team fired coach Jeff Hornacek early Thursday, making the decision shortly after beating Cleveland on Wednesday night to finish a 29-53 season.

There is perhaps one statistical nugget that the Raptors are chasing: With a victory, Toronto would get to 60 wins on the season.

The Sacramento Kings once again failed to make the playoffs. No. 8 Minnesota: No one is giving the Wolves much of a chance to win this one, and it's hard to blame them.

No. 3 Philadelphia vs.

Playoff teams split payouts from the pool, often toward bonuses for players and staff. Milwaukee's star forward, Giannis Antetokounmpo, was slowed by an ankle injury the past week.