The most thrilling time for basketball fans is finally here as the NBA playoffs are set to start on the 17th of August. A team’s form during the regular season doesn’t mean much once the playoffs begin. Low-performing players can be transformed into All-Stars, defences are getting tougher, and teamwork becomes more important.
The Warriors and the Lakers are at opposite ends of the NBA’s Western Conference, with Golden State rock bottom and 32 wins behind the table toppers. Los Angeles have prevailed in both previous meetings this term and there is little evidence to suggest they won’t come out on top again at Chase Center.
Utah will aim to end a recent barren run in front of their own fans when they host Boston at Vivint Smart Home Arena, but the Celtics may scupper those hopes. The Jazz had a superb record at this venue, but they have slipped from second to fifth in the Western Conference after falling to 20-8 in Salt Lake City.