The Top Five Most Intriguing Players for the 2018 NBA Playoffs

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Zions Bank has jumped on board as a corporate sponsor for the first time ever to support the Jazz's full playoff run with special City Edition t-shirts, an outdoor fan festival at Vivint Arena plus an appearance by go-to National Basketball Association sneaker designer Salvador "Kickstradomis" Amezcua. In their last 24 games, Philadelphia was 20-2 against everyone other than Miami - and 0-2 against the Heat, including one game where Dwyane Wade hit a game-winning shot. They have done a nice job retooling their roster and increasing the roles of players like Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, and Delon Wright makes them one of the best teams in franchise history.

The 76ers dismantled the Bucks which allowed them to clinch the 3rd seed, which would have been in jeopardy if they lost and the Cavaliers had beaten the Knicks.

New young talent emerging in Philadelphia and Minnesota, stalwarts like LeBron James and James Harden continuing their excellence, and surprising strength from teams in Milwaukee and New Orleans drove the excitement during the regular season. The Jazz won last year's No.4 vs. No.5 matchup in seven games, and they could have a repeat performance this season.

On a side-note, Minnesota's win allowed Atlanta to pick up their third first round draft pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, thanks to the lottery-protected pick they got from the T-Wolves, stipulating that the Hawks could only get the pick if the Wolves made the playoffs.

Neither was the best team in its conference during the regular season - the Cavaliers were only No. 4 in the East - and it's not hard to envision a Houston-to-Toronto trip replacing what's become an annual Oakland, Calif., trip to Cleveland's itinerary. The Rockets blitzed Minnesota four times during the regular season.

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Season series: Warriors, 3-1.

Game 1 between Golden State and San Antonio opens the slate on Saturday at noon - a somewhat unusual time tip-off for the Warriors. Curry is not expected to play in this series, while the Spurs haven't ever ruled out Leonard, but also given no indication he could play. Aldridge had his best season in San Antonio in carrying the Spurs as best as possible without Leonard, and the Warriors' task in trying to limit him probably begins with Green, the Defensive Player of the Year last season and one of the league's best defensive forwards.

Season series: Split, 2-2.

The Pelicans will be hard-pressed to make any real noise in the west since they simply do not have the same firepower other clubs possess, but nevertheless, Davis will be a delight to watch this postseason.

Key matchup: Lillard and CJ McCollum vs. Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday. And Holiday will score quite a bit himself.

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Season series: Thunder, 3-1.

Combine that with the weapons they have on offense; which the likes of Derrick Favors, Joe Ingles, Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio.

In recent years, playoff teams have been hurt on offense by a player who is a non-entity from beyond the three-point line, and it will be interesting to see if Simmons also negatively impacts the 76ers in that way.

Assuming they get past Minnesota, the Rockets could be derailed in the second round by the Oklahoma City Thunder, a perplexing squad that has pretty much spent all season trying to figure out how to mesh the vast talents of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.

Prediction: Thunder in 6.

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