The NBA Playoffs are here! After an incredible and historic season, the playoffs are back and we’re ready to go with all new WinView tournaments!
While the regular season was dominated by Russell Westbrook’s historic triple double season, James Harden’s dynamic play elevating the Rockets and the battle of the unicorns – Giannis, Porzingis and Embiid, the focus is now back on the Cavs and Warriors. Will they make it three straight finals in a row? We’ve got 3 rounds to find out!
This year, WinView is layering 5,000 Ticket Tournaments for the first two rounds and $300 Cash Tournaments for the Conference Finals and NBA Finals, with a few high paying surprises. So keep racking up those tickets…come the Finals, you’ll need them!
(Note: To register for a tournament, open the app and select the Tournament Registration banner from the Lobby screen. Tournament registration closes 15 minutes after the start of each game.)
[2:30 pm PT on 4/14/2017]
Unlike other years, the 1st round of the playoffs is filled with fantastic matchups nearly every day of the schedule. Here are a few of our favorites:
(4) Clippers vs (5) Jazz
CP3’s Clippers started the season as the hottest team in the league but have cooled down considerably as injuries (to Griffin and Paul) mounted and their defensive intensity waned. Meanwhile, the Jazz have one of the league’s best young teams and top defenses, anchored by the “Stifle Tower” Rudy Gobert, a young French center who is already drawing comparisons to NBA legend Bill Russell. Will this be the Clippers’ last chance before they blow things up? Will the Jazz make the leap to contender?
Our Prediction: Jazz in 6
(3) Rockets vs (6) Thunder
James Harden and Russell Westbrook are the two leading contenders for NBA MVP this season, so this first round matchup is a fitting epilogue to their season-long battle. The styles of play could not be more different. Houston is run by the “Moreyball” ideology – 3 pointers, free throws, spacing and pace. Oklahoma City is a throwback to the old school, with iso-play by a dominant scorer and single-minded personality Westbrook, who set the NBA record in usage rate on his way to a triple double season. Can he pull off the impossible for a first round upset or will Harden’s efficient play reign supreme?
Our Prediction: Rockets in 6
(4) Wizards vs (5) Hawks
Nobody expected the Wizards to be this good this year. They had just signed injury-ridden guard Bradley Beal to a questionable $300MM extension and were constantly plagued by inner turmoil. Then at some point in December everything clicked. Suddenly they were powered by the league’s most dominant backcourt and a balanced team from top to bottom. The Hawks were supposed to finish in the lottery, but Coach Budenholzer refused to let them die. In the ultimate example of team ball, they weathered the loss of Jeff Teague and Al Horford, plugging in new players into the system and building a head of steam as the season closed. With two wins in a row against the Cavs, they are now one of the hottest teams in the East.
Our Prediction: Hawks in 7
(3) Raptors vs (6) Bucks
Toronto is hard to predict these days. They lost their star point guard Kyle Lowry for a few months and used that time to integrate new acquisition Serge Ibaka into the fold. Demar Derozan started the season at an MVP-level but has cooled off since. With Lowry back in the fold and the Raptors overcoming a midseason lull, which team will show up? As unpredictable as they might be, nobody knows what to make of the Bucks. Led by 6’11 Giannis “The Greek Freak” Antetokuompo, who was moved to point guard by Coach Jason Kidd this year (!!), they have more defensive length in their backcourt than any other team. While they lost star forward Jabari Parker, they got sharpshooter Khris Middleton back from injury midseason. If any team can get hot and pull off the upset, it’s Milwaukee.
Our Prediction: Raptors in 5
When and where can I watch?
Starting on Saturday, there are games every single day for the 1st round. Just check out our lobby schedule for a list of WinView games and tune into ESPN, TNT, ABC and NBATV to play along with live NBA Playoff action!