Posted March 08, 2019 04:22:10 The NBA Finals have arrived, and it seems like there’s no stopping it.
And if you’re not watching, it’s time to stop.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski takes a look at the NBA’s first round matchups and whether the NBA is overrated or underrated.
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ET (7 p.ms.
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If you haven’t yet, tune in to ESPN to see all the action.
The NBA will start with a pair of semifinals: the first of which features the reigning champion Cavaliers, who have won five straight games to claim their third title in five years.
LeBron James and Kevin Love will square off against the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, Jabari Parker.
Here’s a look back at the best matchups and best storylines from the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
The Cavs, who won the NBA title last year, have been in the finals for eight straight years and are the only team in the playoffs to win eight straight seasons.
They are the first team to win 10 straight seasons in the postseason since the Los Angeles Lakers in 1998-99.
LeBron is coming off his second championship and fifth NBA Finals MVP award, while Love is one of the best guards in the league.
The Cavaliers will face off against a Warriors team that has been struggling, but has won eight straight games and is coming into the playoffs with the best record in the Western Conference.
The Warriors have the second-best record in NBA history, with a winning percentage of .649.
But the Warriors also have some tough matchups, as they will face the Houston Rockets in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals.
The Rockets are coming off a win over the Golden State Warriors in the first-round series.
The Houston Rockets, who defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the 2017 NBA Finals, have won seven straight games.
The second-year Rockets guard Patrick Beverley has been one of their best players.
But they have struggled to find success this year, as their record is tied with the Lakers for the worst.
The Cavs are a better team and will face a tougher opponent, with James Harden.
Harden, a former All-Star, has had a solid start to the season, averaging 21.4 points and shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 48.5 percent from three-point range in his first 11 games.
His defense has been top-notch, but he has also scored 21 or more points in only two of his previous 10 games.
He’s shooting 50 percent from long range and 32.5 from the foul line.
Houston is also the only game in the series in which the Cavs have won at home.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, led by Kevin Love, are the defending NBA champions.
Love has been the best player in the game this season, leading the league in scoring, assists and steals.
The NBA MVP has averaged 21.8 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.5 blocks this season.
The Warriors, who are trying to stay in the playoff picture, have the league’s worst record.
Their offense is a mess and they are averaging 109.6 points, which is third-worst in the East, behind the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.
Golden State has been in a losing streak of eight games or more.
The most important player on the team, Draymond Green, is out with a sprained right ankle.
They will be without Kevin Durant, who has missed the past five games with a sore left ankle.
The Rockets, led in the second round by Houston’s Drayton.
Jarrett Jack, who is the reigning Rookie of the Year and the NBA Rookie of The Year, is averaging 14.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in his past five appearances.
He is shooting 44.5-percent from the floor and 43.5 against the 3-point line.
The Bucks, who lost to the Rockets in the 2016 Finals, are a team that’s struggled mightily this season and they will be looking to build on their win in Game 2 against the Warriors.
Milwaukee will be playing its third straight Game 2 in Philadelphia.
The Sixers, who finished with a record of 11-22 last year and were eliminated in the quarterfinals, lost their first three games.
But that will change against the defending champions, who will be coming off their fourth straight loss and will have lost two straight games overall.
The Lakers are the best team in basketball and they have the best defense.