Halftime: Wizards 46, Raptors 42
Washington came alive in the second quarter, as Paul Pierce has 10 points and Nene Hilario has 8 points and 7 rebounds. The Wizards have a 4-point edge at the break. Watch live
The Truth is hurting Toronto
At one point, Paul Pierce went on a run and scored 10 of 14 points for the Wizards, who have a slight lead over Toronto. Pierce has scored double figures in every opening game of the playoffs he's ever played in. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN
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Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Toronto's pumped for playoff basketball
The fans at Maple Leaf Square appear fired up for Raptors basketball. Watch it on ESPN/WatchESPN
Warriors now betting favorite for title
Golden State has overtaken the Cavs, according to the latest odds from Westgate.
- Warriors 7-4
- Cavaliers 12-5
- Spurs 5-1
- Hawks 12-1
- Bulls 14-1
What to expect in the East
Will the Bucks' lack of playoff experience hurt them? Can LeBron James make it a perfect 10-0 in first-round series?
What to expect in the West
Whose hot streak will come to an end first in the Clippers-Spurs series? Can Portland go deep in the playoffs without Wesley Matthews?
John Wall with the block
Kyle Lowry thought he'd end the first quarter with an extra two points but the Wizards PG had other ideas.
End of 1Q in Raptors-Wizards
John Wall finished off the first quarter by blocking Kyle Lowry. The point guards have just two points each in this first-round series. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN
Raptors GM responds to Pierce
At a pregame rally, Masai Ujiri told thousands of fans that "I don't give a s--- about it," referencing Paul Pierce's recent ESPN interview saying Toronto was lacking the "it" factor.
Ugly early in Wizards-Raptors
The two teams are shooting a combined 4-21 (19%) from the field in the early going. The Raptors have a 7-5 lead. Watch live
'Pitch Perfect' playoffs are here
The regular season is over, so what better way to tip off an aca-awesome postseason than with Raptors star Kyle Lowry and the Barden Bellas from Universal's "Pitch Perfect 2" (in theaters May 15). Watch the promo
Watch: Raptors vs. Wizards, 12:30 p.m. ET
The 4-seed Raptors haven't advanced in the postseason since 2001, and even though they won all three meetings with the 5-seed Wizards this season, the Raptors are 0-6 all-time in Game 1s in the first round. Live on ESPN and WatchESPN
Drake (Coachella) out for Raptors game
Rapper and Raptors team ambassador Drake is not expected to be present for Game 1 today at 12:30 ET (on ESPN/WatchESPN) due to a performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. He's probable for Game 2.
Noah: 'No restrictions' on minutes
Joakim Noah, who missed the last two games, told reporters that he won't be limited for Game 1 tonight against the Bucks (7 p.m. ET on ESPN).
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
The Raptors won a franchise-record 49 games this season. They take on the Wizards in the 1st Round at 12:30 ET on ESPN.
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Happy playoffs, folks. If the postseason lives up to the regular season, we're all in for a treat.
The NBA postseason is here, with things tipping off up north:
- Wizards at Raptors, 12:30 ET, ESPN
- Pelicans at Warriors, 3:30 ET, ABC
- Bucks at Bulls, 7 ET, ESPN
- Mavericks at Rockets, 9:30 ET, ESPN
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Thibs says Hinrich is out tonight. Everybody else is good to go.