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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

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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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The NBA playoffs tip off today. Check out our experts' first-round picks in today's edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Toronto's pumped for playoff basketball

The fans at Maple Leaf Square appear fired up for Raptors basketball. Watch it on ESPN/WatchESPN

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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
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Will the Bucks' lack of playoff experience hurt them? Can LeBron James make it a perfect 10-0 in first-round series?

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What to expect in the West
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Whose hot streak will come to an end first in the Clippers-Spurs series? Can Portland go deep in the playoffs without Wesley Matthews?

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John Wall with the block
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Kyle Lowry thought he'd end the first quarter with an extra two points but the Wizards PG had other ideas.

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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

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Raptors GM responds to Pierce
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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.

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Ugly early in Wizards-Raptors
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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

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'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

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Watch: Raptors vs. Wizards, 12:30 p.m. ET
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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

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Drake (Coachella) out for Raptors game
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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.

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Noah: 'No restrictions' on minutes
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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).

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Happy playoffs, folks. If the postseason lives up to the regular season, we're all in for a treat.

Saturday's tip-offs
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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
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