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Orlando Magic @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Regular Season Records: Orlando 47-35, Cleveland 48-34

Current Series Standings: Orlando 0, Cleveland 0How To WatchWhen: Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 1 p.m. ETWhere: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — Cleveland, OhioTV: ESPNFollow: CBS Sports AppOnline streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)Ticket Cost: $42.66What to Know

The Magic and the Cavaliers had a good regular season, but the real challenge begins now, in the postseason. On Saturday, the Orlando Magic will fight it out against the Cleveland Cavaliers in an Eastern Conference playoff matchup at 1:00 p.m. ET at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Magic are no doubt hoping to put an end to a four-game streak of away losses.

The Magic are headed into this one after the oddsmakers set last week’s over/under low at 215, but even that wound up being too high. They blew past the Bucks 113-88.

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NBA Playoffs: One question for each first-round series

Yaron Weitzman

FOX Sports NBA Writer

Say goodbye to your families because the NBA playoffs have — finally! — arrived.

We have one heavy favorite in each conference, but behind that, a bunch of unknowns. Below is a breakdown of each first-round series featuring one schematic question that will likely impact the results:

How do Kristaps Porzingis‘ post-ups change Boston’s playoff offense?

The real question here should be whether or not the Heat can win a single game? But from the Celtics‘ side of things, it will be interesting to see the answer to the question posed above. 

In last year’s playoffs, the Celtics averaged just three post-up possessions per game (meaning possessions that ended with a shot, assist or turnover), a miniscule mark. It’s also a mark that Porzingis eclipsed by himself this season. And the 1.30 points he produced per post possession was one of the league’s top marks.

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The Celtics have talked all season about how Porzingis’ presence is going to make them more dangerous come playoff time. Now we get to see it. 

Can the Sixers successfully hunt Jalen Brunson on defense?

OK, so the obvious thing is Embiid’s health. The past few games he’s looked like he’s playing on one leg. But past that, there’s how the Sixers will attack Brunson. 

By now everyone knows how good Brunson is. He deserves all his flowers, and to be on MVP ballots. And what we’ve learned, especially since Julius Randle went down, is that there is no stopping him. He’s too good to defend one-on-one, and he and the Knicks have carved up teams that have tried throwing high traps and double-teams at him. 

The one thing you can do, though, is try wearing him down — precisely because of how dependent the Knicks are on him. When he plays, their offense scores at the rate of a top-3 unit; when he sits, that mark drops to one that would have been last in the league this season. Tom Thibodeau knows this, and will likely look to play Brunson about 40 minutes every game.

One way for the Sixers to counteract this is by making Brunson work as hard as he can on defense, both because he’s the team’s weakest defender — not because of his effort but because of his size — and because it can wear him down. Brunson won’t be slotted on Tyrese Maxey, but the Sixers should be throwing him into as many actions as possible involving their All-Star point guard. How successful they are in doing so could very well determine the series. 

Bucks contain the ball?

This is another series where the thing that matters most is the health of a star. If Giannis Antetokounmpo can’t go, the Bucks are cooked.

Past that, though, do they have any answer for Tyrese Haliburton and the Pacers‘ high-octane attack? Because Milwaukee’s defense has been awful all season, particularly on

Following another play-in loss, the Bulls seem stuck on the treadmill of mediocrity

Jamal Collier, ESPNApr 19, 2024, 09:26 PM ET

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ARTURAS KARNISOVAS STOOD on the baseline of the United Center floor, his arms folded as he watched his team warm up for that evening’s game. His 6-foot-8 frame typically towered over the non-players on the floor, but perhaps more so on this day. The Chicago Bulls were at their lowest point of the season on Nov. 30, with a record of 5-14 following a 27-point drubbing by the Boston Celtics.

Aside from the few times the schedule mandates — the beginning and end of the season, and at the trade deadline — Karnisovas, the team’s vice president of basketball operations, rarely makes public comments. But days earlier, Karnisovas had voiced his displeasure during a pregame availability session to a small contingent of local media in Boston.

“We see what everyone is seeing and are just as frustrated. We’re disappointed,

Coban Porter, brother of Nuggets star, sentenced

Myron Medcalf, ESPN Staff WriterApr 19, 2024, 04:08 PM ET

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Coban Porter, the younger brother of Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr., was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed a woman in Colorado last year.

The January 2023 crash in Denver killed Kathy Limon Rothman and seriously injured her passenger. Porter, who caused the crash after he ran a red light and slammed into the other vehicle, received an additional two-year sentence for the passenger’s injuries that he will serve concurrently.

According to The Denver Post, prosecutors on Friday said Porter was speeding and had a blood alcohol level of .19, more than twice the legal limit of .08.

Porter had pleaded guilty in February to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault as part of a plea agreement

'Inspiring' Bam, Heat shift focus from Bulls to C's

Israel Gutierrez, ESPN Staff WriterApr 19, 2024, 09:44 PM ET

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MIAMI — The atypical 8-seed is back.

The Miami Heat, who last year ran through the Eastern Conference playoffs as the lowest seed, earned the eighth spot again after beating the Chicago Bulls, the same team Miami defeated to earn last season’s final playoff berth.

The victory sets up a first-round clash with the 64-win Boston Celtics, the team Miami beat in seven games in last year’s Eastern finals and the one it has faced in three of the past four conference finals.

The 2023-24 regular season is complete and the postseason has arrived. We’ve got everything you need to get ready for another epic title chase.

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LeBron extols 'great' Jokic with matchup looming

Dave McMenamin, ESPN Staff WriterApr 19, 2024, 09:29 PM ET

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DENVER — On the eve of the start of his third playoff series against Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic in the past five years, LeBron James heaped praise on the two-time MVP, who is considered to be a front-runner to win the award a third time this season.

“He’s one of the best players to ever play this game,” James said after the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice Friday afternoon at Ball Arena. “It’s that simple.”

James has tangled with his fair share of greats in past postseasons: four straight NBA Finals against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors; three Finals against Tim Duncan

Brunson using season-ending turnover as fuel

Tim Bontemps, ESPNApr 19, 2024, 03:47 PM ET

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Ahead of the Knicks‘ playoff opener Saturday night at Madison Square Garden against the Philadelphia 76ers, star Jalen Brunson admitted he spent all summer thinking about his turnover in the closing moments of New York’s Game 6 loss to the Miami Heat last spring.

“A lot more than you would think,” Brunson said, when asked how much he has thought about that turnover, which came with under 20 seconds to go in the game and New York trailing by two.

Rather than getting up a potential game-tying — or go-ahead — shot, Brunson got stuck in a double-team on the baseline and wound up trying to force a pass to a cutting Julius Randle coming down the lane, which was stolen by Miami. And, instead of New York possibly sending

Lillard practices fully, Giannis still out of live drills

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MILWAUKEE — Damian Lillard practiced fully but Giannis Antetokounmpo remained out of live drills Friday as the Milwaukee Bucks continued getting ready for Sunday’s playoff opener against the Indiana Pacers.

Lillard is dealing with a sore adductor that limited him the last weekend of the regular season, while Antetokounmpo missed the Bucks’ final three regular-season games with a strained left calf. Although Bucks president Peter Feigin told Milwaukee radio station WKLH that Antetokounmpo “definitely will not be back for Sunday,” coach Doc Rivers said he isn’t ready to rule the two-time MVP out for the start of the series.

“I don’t know yet,” Rivers said Friday. “We’re still hoping. He hasn’t done anything. Would we throw him out there? Yeah, we would. For us, still we’re not sure.”

Rivers said Antetokounmpo was in the gym Friday and did “walk-through stuff, but didn’t do anything

Jonas Valanciunas is the top scorer in Play-In Tournament history

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Larry Nance Jr. on Jonas Valanciunas, who has played in all 84 New Orleans games this season: “JV is one of my favorite teammates I’ve ever had. He puts his hard hat on every night.” – 12:36 AM Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Jonas Valanciunas is making his presence felt all over the floor in a fourth quarter.
Feels like it’s been too long, but he’s picked a great night. – 11:38 PM Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
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