Who Will Win The Larry O’Brien Trophy?

Published on April 16, 2019

The opening rounds of the NBA playoffs has already brought excitement and upsets. The most important question is whether or not we will have another Golden State Warriors Championship?

Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics were able to come out on top with wins in the Eastern Conference, and Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets took wins in the Western Conference on Sunday.

Monday was interesting with the biggest upset thus far in the playoffs—eighth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers overcame a 31-point deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors 135-131.

Philadelphia 76ers also made history putting up a 51-point quarter in a 145-123 win over Brooklyn Nets, which tied the series at 1-1.

Here’s a look at the 2019 NBA Playoff Bracket:

First Round Recap Thus Far

  • Milwaukee Bucks (1) currently lead 1-0 over Detroit Pistons (8) winning Game 1, 121-86 in Milwaukee. Game 2 will be Wednesday, April 17, in Milwaukee at 8:00 PM ET.
  • Orlando Magic (7) currently lead the series 1-0 after defeating Toronto Raptors (2) in Game 1, 104-101 in Toronto. Game 2 is set for Tuesday, April 16, at 8:00 PM ET in Toronto.
  • Philadelphia 76ers (3) and Brooklyn Nets (6) are currently tied in the series 1-1 as Brooklyn took Game 1 111-102, and Philadelphia grabbed Game 2 145-123, both games played in Philadelphia. Game 3 is on Thursday, April 18, at 8:00 PM ET in Brooklyn.
  • Boston Celtics (4) lead 1-0 in the series over Indiana Pacers (5) with an 84-74 victory in Game 1, in Boston. Game 2 will be held Wednesday, April 17, at 7:00 PM ET in Boston.
  • Golden State Warriors (1) are tied with Los Angeles Clippers (8) 1-1 as Golden State won Game 1, 121-104. Los Angeles however was able to steal Game 2 with a come from behind win 135-131, both games played at Golden State. Game 3 will be Thursday, April 18, at 10:30 PM ET in Los Angeles.
  • Denver Nuggets (2) leads the series 1-0 against San Antonio Spurs (7) winning Game 1 101-96 in Denver. Game 2 will be held Tuesday, April 16, at 9:00 PM ET in Denver.
  • Portland Trail Blazers (3) lead 1-0 against Oklahoma City Thunder (6) taking away Game 1 104-99 in Portland. Game 2 is set Tuesday, April 16, at 10:30 PM ET in Portland.
  • Houston Rockets (4) lead 1-0 against Utah Jazz (5) winning Game 1 122-90 in Houston. Game 2 is Wednesday, April 17, at 9:30 PM ET in Houston.

Power Rankings

  1. Milwaukee Bucks
  2. Golden State Warriors
  3. Toronto Raptors
  4. Houston Rockets
  5. Boston Celtics

Taylor Lee is a former Sports Editor at Grit Daily. With over ten years of experience in the business realm including an MBA from Grand Canyon University, Taylor focuses his writing in the fields of sports, music, and business. His other interest include being outdoors, cigars, and fine bourbons.

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