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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/18/14

NBA Player Updates 4/18: Checking Out the Playoff Matchups, Tomorrow's TV Schedule and More

April 18, 2014

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Just one more day to wait until the NBA postseason gets going, and the anticipation is running high. In the lead-up to tomorrow’s games there’s plenty to talk about, so with that said let’s take our daily stroll around the league and check out what’s to come this weekend. Here’s the latest.

Western Conference Matchups: Let’s take a quick look at each of the matchups in the first round of the playoffs, starting with the West.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/18/14

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Spurs and Mavericks: San Antonio went 4-0 against Dallas in the regular season, so they’ll obviously be heavy favorites here. Dirk Nowitzki may have other ideas, though. Game 1 is Sunday at 1:00 ET on TNT.

Rockets and Trail Blazers: This should be a pretty good series. Portland started out hot but has since cooled, and Houston has a ton of offensive talent. We should see some high-scoring games here. Game 1 is Sunday at 9:30 ET on TNT.

Thunder and Grizzlies: Kevin Durant seems flat-out unstoppable at times, so Memphis will have their hands full with him. These teams met up last year and gave us a good series, so expect the same here. Game 1 is tomorrow at 9:30 ET on ESPN.

Clippers and Warriors: The electric Blake Griffin will be the focal point of the Clippers’ attack, while Stephen Curry will try and push the Warriors ahead with his long-range sniping. We’ll see plenty of bad blood--and an entertaining series--here. Game 1 is tomorrow at 3:30 ET on ABC.

Eastern Conference Matchups: Now let’s head over to the East and check out those series.

Pacers and Hawks: The Pacers have dropped off considerably from their early-season exploits, so they need a good showing against a Hawks team that only made the postseason by a couple of games. Game 1 is tomorrow at 7:00 ET on ESPN.

Raptors and Nets: With Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan breaking out this season, Toronto is a team on the rise. Meanwhile, Brooklyn is looking to make all that leadership and experience pay off. This one could go seven. Game 1 is tomorrow at 12:30 on ESPN.

Heat and Bobcats: The two-time defending champs are still the team to beat in the East, and they’ll start by going through Charlotte, who has been a pleasant surprise this season. The Big Three will be getting back into the swing of things in this series. Game 1 is Sunday at 3:30 on ABC.

Bulls and Wizards: Chicago rode fierce defense and teamwork to a No. 4 seed in the East, and they’ll be a tough out for any team. The Wizards will test their young lineup in Chicago as they continue to improve after years of letdowns. Game 1 is Sunday at 7:00 ET on TNT.

NBA Daily Schedule: Now that all the playoff matchups have been decided, the postseason will officially kick off on Saturday. Here’s a look at the complete schedule for the first day, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

12:30 PM ET:
Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors (ESPN)

3:30 PM ET:
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers (ABC)

7:00 PM ET:
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (ESPN)

9:30 PM ET:
Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder (ESPN)

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