National Basketball Association playoff wrap 2019: 76ers, Trail Blazers force Game 7s

National Basketball Association playoff wrap 2019: 76ers, Trail Blazers force Game 7s

The Trail Blazers will face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals with Game 1 set for Tuesday, May 14th at Oracle Arena in Oakland at 9:00p.m. ET on ESPN.

The Raptors were tied against the Philadelphia 76ers with mere seconds left in regular time of game seven.

Evan Turner scored 14 points, but more importantly was eight of nine from the free-throw line, including several big ones down the stretch for Portland.

Seth Curry's 3-pointer gave the Blazers a 101-88 lead with 7:24 left.

The second-round series between the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers all comes down to Sunday night.

Part of the reason the Bucks made quick and easy work of the Celtics was because of the production from their bench: Milwaukee's second unit outscored the Boston's in four of the five games in the series.

Against San Antonio, Denver relied on their defense to close out Game 7, as the Spurs shot just 36.5 per cent from the field and 26.1 per cent from three.

Jimmy Butler scored 25 points in a 112-101 victory for the Sixers to force a seventh game, with the victor set to face the Milwaukee Bucks. Both teams have stolen one game on the road.

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Game seven was a microcosm of the wildly-unpredictable series with each team taking turns making runs or being inept until the biggest twist of all from Leonard finished it off in dramatic style. And after former Raptor/Drake shoutout recipient Lou "6 Man" Williams commented "this pic hard", Drake took the opportunity to tease his fans with a potential new track, inspired by Leonard's shot. If we're all out there just being friendly, it ain't gonna look like nobody's trying to win, huh? "Shout-out to Philly. They played a great series". Lillard has scored 30 or more points 15 times in the playoffs. This series should be wildly competitive with some fantastic star power involved. The Trail Blazers won the previous meeting 119-108. What's more, consensus bets also reveal the Blazers are the public's bet to win straight up with 57% banking on the outright upset.

The good news for the Raptors is that Game 1 isn't until Wednesday. So far, the Nuggets haven't had any defensive answer for Hood, who is suddenly averaging 16.2 points per contest in this series after being a non-factor in the OKC match-up.

In its only other conference finals, Toronto lost to LeBron James and Cleveland in six games in 2016.

By all statistical and analytical measures, the Nuggets have played better basketball in this series.

It's unlikely there are changes to Portland's starting lineup Sunday, but Denver is nearly certain to see a heavy dose of the Blazers' bench, particularly guard Rodney Hood and forward Zach Collins.

Had the Nuggets had more playoff experience, this series would have likely been over and not even went to a game 6.

"I play to win", Butler said.

The Joker in Denver's wins is averaging 27.7 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 7.7 APG, .533 3P%,.567 FG%,.944 FT%. He's also posted an average usage rate of 33.3%, so he's managed to maintain elite efficiency despite commanding a large workload. After the game, Jokic took a moment to recognize his former teammate.

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