The 2016 NBA Playoffs are finally underway. The Golden State Warriors are the clear favourites to go back-to-back after amassing an unprecedented 73 wins during the regular season, with Steph Curry hitting a record 400 three-pointers!

Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are firing (like they have been for most of the season) at the right time for the Warriors. They have now sealed the opening two games against James Harden’s Rockets and will look to add to that tally when they travel to Houston on Thursday.

In other opening week highlights, the most fancied Eastern Conference team, LeBron James’s Cavaliers, will host Detroit after winning the first game by five points. Back in the West, San Antonio is the clear favourite to win the second match of their seven game series against the Grizzlies.


Thursday, April 21, 10:00am (AEST) @ Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

  • In the first playoff game, the Pistons and Cavs easily covered the overs.
  • Cleveland has won 14 more games than Detroit this season.
  • The Pistons’ over/under record this season is 43/40 and the Cavaliers’ is 42/41.
  • This is the Pistons’ first appearance in the playoffs since 2009.
  • In the first game, the Cavs leader in points was Kyrie Irving with 31; Kevin Love topped the Rebound count with 13 boards and LeBron James provided 11 assists.
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope banked 21 points in the first playoff match, Andre Drummond registered 11 rebounds and Reggie Jackson clocked up 7 assists.

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Friday, April 22, 11:30am (AEST) @ Toyota Center, Houston

  • This is the eighth time this season the Warriors have won at least five consecutive games.
  • The Warriors and Rockets fell well short of the overs in their first battle, combining for just 182 of the required 225, but went overs in game two.
  • Including playoffs matches, the Warriors’ over/under record this season is 46/38 and the Rockets’ is 48/36.
  • The Heat and Celtics have the same record this season with 47 wins and 34 losses.
  • For the Warriors, with Steph Curry injured, Klay Thompson led the scoring in the opening two games with an average of 25 points, Draymond Green 12 rebounds and six assists.
  • James Harden averages the most points for Houston with 22.5 and 6.5 respectively, while big man Dwight Howard is averaging 10.5 boards in the first two playoffs matches.

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Saturday, April 23, 11:30am (AEST) @ FedExForum, Memphis

  • The Grizzlies have won just one of their last five at FedExForum.
  • For the Spurs, Kawhi Leonard scored the most points in the first game of the series with 20, Tim Duncan (11) retrieved the most rebounds and Tony Parker notched up a game-high six assists.
  • For Memphis, veteran Vince Carter posted 16 points, Chris Andersen managed nine rebounds and Xavier Munford provided four assists.
  • San Antonio’s over/under record in 2015-16 is 35/49 and Memphis’ is 45/39.
  • In their only playoffs match-up this year, unders came up trumps with less than 189 points was scored.

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