How 76ers leapfrogging Cavaliers might impact Raptors in playoffs

LeBron on matchup with Sixers'They've been playing some good ball

Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers talk after the game on March 1, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Roughly halfway through the second quarter, the Sixers have seen their lead balloon to almost 30 points and have been dominating James and the Cavaliers in every possible way.

James would not have to play an insane amount of minutes and can lead these young superstars on and off the floor.

The biggest game of the season yet-the 76ers vs Cleveland Cavaliers-was also a complicated one for Sixers fans. The Mavericks are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Philadelphia and I think that trend continues as the 76ers stay hot with a double-digit win here. "We are playing well".

Buoyed by a huge first quarter and rookie Malik Monk, Charlotte hammered host Orlando as Monk scored a career-high 26 points off the bench and reserve Frank Kaminsky poured in 21 points. After missing the second, James purposely missed the third.

The Philadelphia 76ers are beating teams into the ground during this 10-game winning streak, but they're still without their best player, and when these teams met a couple of weeks ago, the Nets only lost by four points. It was certainly a nervy finish for the 76ers who improve to 49-30 overall which is good for third place in the Eastern Conference.

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Toronto Raptors clinched the No.1 seed in the east after their 92-73 rout of the fifth-placed Indiana Pacers. Embiid tops in rebounds with 11.0 while Simmons tops in assists. They shot poorly from the outset on Friday and never got untracked against the Raptors.

Jimmy Butler returned from right knee surgery and scored 18 points, while teammate Jeff Teague furnished 25 points and eight assists in Minnesota's 113-96 victory over the Lakers.

In its 111-104 win over the Chicago on Friday night, Boston showed that at the very least it has a remaining group of players eager to step up and contribute to its injury-torn rotation. James had 44 points (17-of-29 shooting), 11 assists and 11 rebounds, bringing the Cavaliers to the brink of an epic comeback.

Jaylen Brown finished with a career-high 32 points for the Celtics, who will be the east's second seed in the playoffs.

With Al Horford and Jayson Tatum given the night off to rest, Boston went deep into its bench against a Chicago team that's one of the worst in the National Basketball Association.

The Kings pulled out a 94-93 win over the Grizzlies on Bogdan Bogdanovic's 16-footer with one second to play.

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