2018 NBA Season: 1st Round Playoffs April 12, 2018 by Marc Jerbs

The 2018 NBA Season formally ends Wednesday, April 12. Each conference has determined its playoff bound teams as well as their match-ups. On Saturday, the 1st round of the NBA playoffs will begin with four intriguing matches.

Opening the playoffs will be the defending champion Golden State Warriors against 7th seed San Antonio Spurs. Golden State has the home court advantage and game time is set 3PM ET. The second match will follow at 5:30PM ET as the No. 1 seed Toronto Raptors will go up against 8th seed Washington Wizards.

The third match will be played at 8:00PM ET between 3rd seed Philadelphia Sixers and 6th seed Miami Heat. It will be followed by the last playoff match of the day between 3rd seed Portland Blazers and 6th seed New Orleans Pelicans at 10:30PM ET.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed Golden State, Toronto, Philadelphia and Portland as favorites to win Game 1 of their 1st round NBA playoffs matches on Saturday.