The Baseline dives in on the Western Conference first-round matchups.
Nuggets vs Spurs
Nikola Jokic enters the playoffs for the first time against the seasoned LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan. Will Denver’s inexperience play into San Antonio’s hands?
Clippers vs Warriors
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant welcome DeMarcus Cousins to their team and to the playoffs which could mean disaster for the upstart Clippers led by Lou Williams.
Blazers vs Thunder
Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook are seeking redemption from last year’s early exits. Only one of them will get it.
Jazz vs Rockets
Donovan Mitchell and James Harden headline the series but the battle of the bigs in Clint Capella and Rudy Gobert could make all the difference.