Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):
|7:00 PM||Charlotte Bobcats||Miami Heat||Heat|
|8:00 PM||Dallas Mavericks||San Antonio Spurs||Spurs|
|9:30 PM||Portland Trail Blazers||Houston Rockets||Rockets|
Things to Watch For
Will Al Jefferson, who strained his left plantar fascia in the first quarter of Game 1 and needed two painkiller injections just to continue playing the game, suit up for the Bobcats tonight, and if he does, just how effective will he be? If Jefferson plays and is able to perform at a high level, the Bobcats might have a chance at winning their first playoff game in franchise history. However, if Jefferson is unable to suit up, it is highly likely that Charlotte’s 17-game losing streak to the Heat will be extended to 18.
The Spurs will continue to do what they have done all season long—find a way to win. Including its win in Game 1, San Antonio has won 10 straight games against the Mavericks by an average of 13.8 points. The Spurs have not dropped a home game to Dallas since November 26, 2010, and unless the Mavericks can figure out a way to keep Tony Parker from getting to the front of the rim at will there is no reason to expect this trend to end tonight.
Will the Trail Blazers be able to become the second lower seed to win two games on the road? If they can hold Houston to 8-for-35 shooting (22.9 percent) from beyond the three-point arc like they did in Game 1 then the Trail Blazers will have a very good chance of taking a 2-0 series lead home to Portland. But the Rockets shot 35.8 percent from the three-point line during the regular season, so it is unlikely that Houston will shoot below 25 percent from three-point land again tonight.
|Atlanta Hawks 85||Indiana Pacers 101||Pacers||Pacers|
|Brooklyn Nets 95||Toronto Raptors 100||Raptors||Raptors|
|Washington Wizards 101 OT||Chicago Bulls 99||Bulls||Wizards|
Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 2-1
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Playoffs: 8-5
***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.***