Official 2019 NBA Playoff Bracket released

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Official 2019 NBA Playoff Bracket released

NBA playoff time is here. Check out this year’s exhilarating first round matchups.

Eastern Conference

#1 Milwaukee Bucks (60-22) v. Detroit Pistons (41-41)

The NBA-best Milwaukee Bucks take on Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin and the lackluster Pistons in the first round. Look for MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo to have a battle down low with Detroit's bigs in this series.

#2 Toronto Raptors (58-24) v. Orlando Magic (42-40)

The Raptors have looked like a Championship caliber team at times this season, mostly due to the all-around skillset of Kawhi Leonard. Expect the Raptors to cruise in this first round matchup.  

#3 Philadelphia 76ers (51-31) v. Brooklyn Nets (42-40)

With one of the strongest starting fives (when healthy), the 76ers are a popular sleeper pick to win it all this season. The postseason will show us if Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are ready to take their team to the next level.

#4 Boston Celtics (49-33) v. Indiana Pacers (48-34)

In what could be the best matchup in the East, the Celtics and Pacers face off in the first round. The Pacers are overachieving their preseason standards, while Boston is falling well short of where many expected them to be at this point of the season.

Western Conference

#1 Golden State Warriors (57-25) v. #8 Los Angeles Clippers (48-34)

The Warriors are looking to make it three years in a row with a Championship, and will kick off their postseason with a matchup against an impressive Clippers side.

#2 Denver Nuggets (54-28) v. #7 San Antonio Spurs (48-34)

DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, and the Spurs have the potential to pull a first round upset over the young and inexperienced Denver Nuggets. Nikola Jokic and co. have slipped in the final part of the season, losing 5 of their last 10 games.

#3 Portland Trail Blazers (53-29) v. #6 Oklahoma City Thunder (49-33)

After slipping down the rankings in March, the Thunder picked it up at the end of the regular season. OKC won their last five games, and will relish the chance to play Portland in the first round. The Thunder are 4-0 against the Trail Blazers this season.

#4 Houston Rockets (53-29) v. #5 Utah Jazz

James Harden and Donovan Mitchell will go head to head in this mouthwatering 4-5 matchup. Harden finished the season averaging 36.1 points per game, and will be the player to watch this postseason.

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