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Milwaukee faces the Detroit Pistons in first round action.

In today's edition of Milwaukee Bucks Daily, we get a detailed look into Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo's pre-game routine, the Bucks roll out their itinerary and fan giveaways for the first round of this year's NBA Playoffs, and much more. If the Rockets can get past the Jazz in the first round, it's a near lock that the Warriors will be waiting for them in the second round, for a rematch of last season's epic series. I'm not sure who in the National Basketball Association can stop Giannis, but it's not the Pistons.

One would expect a different result against a stout Toronto defense playing at home, but the Magic have been relatively hot this season against the Raptors.

The NBA playoffs are here.

But Pascal Siakam has been unreal.

What's more impressive for Orlando is the offense.

After being stuck in what most would call basketball purgatory for the better part of the past two decades, one of the most defining moments of the franchise came during the 2013 draft when they took a seemingly unknown unicorn by the name of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Nets have covered six of their previous seven road games and 10 of their previous 14 divisional games. With all five starters capable of pouring in buckets on any given night, Philadelphia clearly has the advantage in terms of pure star talent. And I haven't even mentioned Joel Embiid's knee injury, which is holding him out for at least one game and could swing this series.

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Man, I love this Pacers team so much. The Celtics have floundered all season, struggling to establish locker room chemistry, shoot the three ball and incorporate players such as Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown. Without Oladipo the squad depends on the depth and balance of Myles Turner, Thaddeus Young and Domantas Sabonis.

Marcus Smart's injury leaves them minus a key defensive cog in the early rounds, but the combative guard should be back if Boston makes it all the way to the NBA Finals. Luckily for Boston, its roster has historically stepped it up during the playoffs.

The Golden State Warriors are seeking their fifth consecutive Western Conference title this postseason.

This matchup is a certified snoozer.

Despite trading their best player, Tobias Harris, in the middle of the season, the Los Angeles Clippers ended the regular season with a 48-32 record and a playoff berth. While their starting five looks great on paper, it starts looking a little thin when you look at their bench. That'll change this weekend when he and Golden State play host to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of a Western Conference first-round series. They are simply too skilled and too focused to lose.

San Antonio and Denver is a matchup between two teams that enter the playoffs with a number of categories that point to the under. There's nothing the Nuggets can do to them that the Spurs haven't seen before. Also, you can't discount the experience of Coach Pop. Just the postgame interview of the last Spurs-Nuggets game should be enough of a preview.

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Teams get an additional $384,930 for winning a first-round series. The other no-brainer series will be the Toronto Raptors topping the Orlando Magic. Adams could have a field day in his absence, and that could free up Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Chicago held off the Indiana Pacers in seven games in the Conference Finals, and Jordan tallied 45 points and hit a now iconic 20-foot jump shot in the final seconds in Game 6 in Utah to make it six titles in eight years. The gifted center is a focal point for Mike Malone's team, taking plenty of the playmaking responsibilities away from whichever combination of guards are out on the court alongside him.

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