NBA week 24 update: playoff prediction

JERRIUS CAMPBELL, Sports Writer

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Will this year’s Finals feature Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers again?

It may be too early to rule out James Harden and the red-hot Houston Rockets.

James Harden currently averages the most points per game (PPG) in the league at 30 points.

The Rockets are currently on a 10 game win-streak, leading their division with a clinched playoff spot in the west.

Former teammate Russell Westbrook has been carrying the Oklahoma City Thunder to the playoffs for several seasons.

Since the arrival of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, the Thunder have had no problem competing in the West.

The playoff picture for both the East and West have not been officially set just yet.

After a rough start for the Cavaliers, it seems things are finally beginning to fall into place just as the playoffs approach.

James is having another great season, averaging 27 points a game and eight assists, including some of the most spectacular no look, through the legs and behind the back passes you could imagine.

The biggest question with the Cavaliers is whether or not Kevin Love will stay healthy through the playoffs.

If not, James may struggle to carry the Cavaliers all the way to the Championship. The 76ers are one game back from playing the Cavaliers and are currently on a sevengame win streak.

The 76ers have not made the playoffs since the 2011-2012 season, but Joel Embid and Ben Simmons have been proving why they were rightly selected higher up on the draft charts.

Embid has put the 76ers on his back and has a season average of 21 points and 11 rebounds a game.

It is worth mentioning that Embid did miss two seasons and since then, has become a major impact player for the 76ers.

The Timberwolves have made their presence known with the fourth spot in the west. They pretty much  have guaranteed playoff hopes.

With younger talents such as Karl Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins, the west may be in for a surprise come the playoffs.

Towns currently averages 20 points and 12 rebounds a game. Will the young talented Timberwolves be able to take down the Rockets in the playoffs?

Do Curry and Kevin Durant have what it takes to make a repeat of last season?

It seems that this year’s playoffs will truly be one for the records books.

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