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Warriors, Pelicans enter series with different expectations

In this Friday, April 3, 2015 file photo, Sacramento Kings forward Derrick Williams, left, tries to stop the drive of New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif. Anthony Davis, who led Kentucky to a national title in 2012, had not just the talent, but also the intangibles to lift a sinking NBA franchise back to playoff contention. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State secured the No. 1 overall seed two weeks ago and has been at the top of the NBA standings all season. New Orleans needed an all-out effort through its last game against San Antonio to claim the Western Conference’s final playoff spot.

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Pacers win tiebreaker with Jazz for better draft odds

NEW YORK (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have won a tiebreaker with the Utah Jazz, giving them slightly better odds at winning the draft lottery.

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Splitter practices for Spurs, unclear if he can play vs LA

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter participated in practice Friday, but the team was unsure if he will play in Sunday night’s playoff series opener against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Raptors seeking to win 7-game series for first time

Toronto Raptors' coach Dwane Casey attends a media availability in Toronto, Thursday, April 16, 2015. The Raptors open the NBA playoffs against the Washington Wizards on Saturday.  (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — They won a second straight Atlantic Division title and set a franchise record with 49 victories. Both reasons to be proud, for sure. But it’s what the Raptors do next, now the playoffs have arrived, that will determine whether this season is a success.

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For Bulls, time to deliver on expectations as Bucks loom

Fans spill their drinks as Milwaukee Bucks' Michael Carter-Williams dives to save a ball from going out of bounds during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Milwaukee. The Celtics won 105-100. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

CHICAGO (AP) — With the return of Derrick Rose and the addition of Pau Gasol, the Chicago Bulls came into the season with soaring expectations.

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