What to watch: NBA, NHL playoffs begin, Royals home opener


NBA Playoffs

Although the teams and seeds within the 2017 NBA Playoffs are still to be determined, what has been determined is the start date. The playoffs will begin this Saturday. There are a variety of different teams in the NBA whose fate has yet to be decided.

The Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers are fighting for the first seed within the Eastern Conference. Each team has one game remaining.

The Cavaliers will host the Toronto Raptors (50-31) on Wednesday to finish out their season, which happens to be the last game for any NBA team’s regular season. The Celtics will also be playing at home as they will take on the Milwaukee Bucks (41-39).

As for the bottom of the Eastern Conference looking to take on either of these teams, the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat are all fighting for the No. 7 and 8 seeds.

On Wednesday, the Heat will host the Washington Wizards. The Bulls will host the Brooklyn Nets. Finally, at 7 p.m. on ESPN, the Pacers will host the Atlanta Hawks. Only two of the three teams will make it, the other will head into a long offseason. The tight race in the Eastern Conference will make for an exciting playoff series.

The Western Conference, on the other hand, is set with the Golden State Warriors at the No. 1 spot, followed by the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets.

NHL Playoffs

The NHL playoffs are set to start Tuesday and Wednesday for the first-round action.

On Wednesday, the St. Louis Blues (46-29-7) will take on the Minnesota Wild (49-25-8) at 9:30 p.m. on NBCSN. These two teams have met five times during the regular season, of which the Blues took three.

Then at 8 p.m. on Thursday, also on NBCSN, the Chicago Blackhawks (50-23-9) will welcome the Nashville Predators (41-29-12). The Blackhawks have dominated them this regular season with a 4-1 record. However, as the past has told, in the playoffs Nashville always seems to give Chicago problems in the postseason.

Kansas City Royals

A long-awaited home opener for the Kansas City Royals hit off yesterday, in Kauffman Stadium, where the series with the Oakland A’s began.

The Royals began an eight-game home stand, which was much needed after a shaky 2-4 start, losing their first three games and getting out-scored by a 21-4 margin. However, the Royals picked up the slack in their series against Houston taking two of the three games. Their loss happened to be in extra innings, losing on a walk with the bases loaded.

Kansas City will have their next game at 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.