Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):
|12:30 PM||Brooklyn Nets||Toronto Raptors||Nets|
|3:30 PM||Golden State Warriors||Los Angeles Clippers||Clippers|
|7:00 PM||Atlanta Hawks||Indiana Pacers||Pacers|
|9:30 PM||Memphis Grizzlies||Oklahoma City Thunder||Thunder|
Things to Watch For
In the Nets-Raptors matchup look for Kevin Garnett to do something—set a hard screen, give a subtle elbow, get in someone’s face, or possibly all three—early in the game to show the young Raptors that the intensity of the playoffs is totally and completely different than anything they have ever encountered before.
What will Mark Jackson do to adjust to Andrew Bogut’s absence in Game 1 of the Warriors-Clippers series? Will he go small and move David Lee to center and insert either Harrison Barnes or Draymond Green into the starting lineup, or will he start the 35-year old Jermaine O’Neal? Another thing to look out for is just how cleanly Stephen Curry will be able to come off of screens without Bogut in the lineup.
Look for the Pacers to try to prove to themselves—and the other 15 playoff teams—that their late season struggles are behind them and that they are a force to be reckoned with this postseason.
This is the third time in four years that the Thunder and Grizzlies will meet in the postseason and the core of each team has been present for all three previous matchups. These teams are quite familiar with one another. So instead of the customary feeling out process that goes on in Game 1s, I expect these teams get after one another right from the opening tip in an effort to gain any kind of upper hand that they can sooner rather than later.
|Indiana Pacers 101||Orlando Magic 86||Magic||Pacers|
|Utah Jazz 136 2OT||Minnesota Timberwolves 130||Timberwolves||Jazz|
|Atlanta Hawks 111||Milwaukee Bucks 103||Hawks||Hawks|
|Los Angeles Lakers 113||San Antonio Spurs 100||Lakers||Lakers|
|Houston Rockets 100||New Orleans Pelicans 105||Rockets||Pelicans|
|Dallas Mavericks 105||Memphis Grizzlies 106 OT||Grizzlies||Grizzlies|
|Detroit Pistons 111||Oklahoma City Thunder 112||Thunder||Thunder|
|Chicago Bulls 86||Charlotte Bobcats 91 OT||Bulls||Bobcats|
|Toronto Raptors 92||New York Knicks 95||Knicks||Knicks|
|Washington Wizards 118||Boston Celtics 102||Celtics||Wizards|
|Brooklyn Nets 85||Cleveland Cavaliers 114||Cavaliers||Cavaliers|
|Philadelphia 76ers 100||Miami Heat 87||Heat||76ers|
|Golden State Warriors 116||Denver Nuggets 112||Warriors||Warriors|
|Phoenix Suns 104||Sacramento Kings 99||Suns||Suns|
|Los Angeles Clippers 104||Portland Trail Blazers 110||Trail Blazers||Trail Blazers|
Random NBA Fan’s Record in Wednesday’s Games: 9-6
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Complete Regular Season: 747-483
***Unlike my regular-season game-by-game predictions, which are made well before the beginning of the season, my game-by-game playoff predictions will be made day-by-day as the playoffs progress. This is mainly to avoid the mess that will be made whenever one of my predictions goes awry.***