NBA Regular-Season Ratings Hit 4-Year High

Esther Moore
April 14, 2018

Meanwhile, New Orleans have won five straight - including triumphs versus the Spurs and the Warriors - and will hope power forward Anthony Davis can continue to carry them, having lost DeMarcus Cousins to an Achilles tendon rupture in January.

The Warriors still boast the same core of outstanding players that went all the way to the championship previous year, making them the favourites to go back to back this season. Maybe Gregg Popovich will help the Spurs steal a game at home, but that's all they'll get, considering the Warriors might have the three best players in the series. The Cavaliers are only a No. 4 seed after enduring a season of dysfunction, but the King is ready to take this team on his back.

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Although the Western Conference has been a two-team race, there have been several teams at the heels of the Warriors and Rockets that can only get better.

As for Melas' selection, well, he has one heck of a reason for going with a Rockets-Clippers game from January that was decided by 11 points.

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The Houston Rockets topped the Western Conference followed by the defending champions Golden State Warriors (2nd), Portland Trailblazers (3rd), Oklahoma City Thunder (6th), San Antonio Spurs (7th) and Minnesota Timberwolves (8th).

This year, it makes sense to tune in right from the start. A couple of first-round series are expected to be one-sided, but there are only a handful of matchups in which only one team seemingly has a real chance to advance to the conference semifinals.

Davis is averaging a career-best 28.1 points per game. When Embiid was asked if he might be able to play for Game 1, he told Season head-to-head, 2-2. Jaylen Brown and rookie, Jayson Tatum, will look to stave off the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the surging Jabari Parker. While the Bucks haven't been able to surround him with enough great players, at 23 years old, he will likely be battling Simmons and Irving for the Eastern Conference soon enough.

Lebron James will have his work cut out as he will have to inspire Cleveland Cavaliers who finished fourth against a Victor Oladipo led Indiana Pacers who finished fifth. Between 30-foot three point shots, reverse slam dunks, and some of the best Twitter beefs in the sports world, the National Basketball Association is a big-personality league. In other words, the Eastern Conference isn't the cake-walk it once was, and James won't have such an easy path to the finals in years to come. But with so many young players on the verge of dominating the league, the next regular season might just be exciting again. Over the course of an 82-game season, the league has had to rely on these qualities a bit too much in the past four years.

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