|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThis weekend and going into early next week, a lot of questions will be answered in the NBA Playoffs as we go through Game Three and Game Four for many of the teams.
After two games, a couple series are tied, one favorite is winning easier than expected, and one underdog is dominating. But with one game, a series can turn around and momentum shifts can easily take place.
Starting with the top of the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls are tied with the Atlanta Hawks one game each. The Bulls play amazing defense, which allows them to shut down most teams. But they are playing like a high school team on offense, running down the court, throwing up a terrible shot, and hoping for the best. Good thing for Chicago is that they are a powerhouse rebounding team, an aspect of their game the Hawks could not deal with in Game Two.
The Miami Heat, on the other hand, are playing well enough on both ends of the court to have taken a 2-0 lead on the Boston Celtics. The C's look old and injured, missing easy shots and getting outrun in the open court, while the Heat are executing and playing together. It's hard to see the Heat sweeping the Celtics out of the playoffs, but it is probably a safe bet that Boston will be going home early while Miami advances to the Eastern Conference finals.
In the Western Conference, the Dallas Mavericks have manhandled the Los Angeles Lakers in two games so far. While the Lakers can still play brilliantly at times, this year may not see them making a championship run. They have to win four of the next five games, with three of the next four on the road in Dallas. Getting two wins over the Mavericks to even the series will be their first goal, and it will not be an easy one. Although they might pull it off, look for Phil Jackson to head to retirement a little early.
The Memphis Grizzlies-Oklahoma City Thunder series is an intriguing one. No one expected the Grizzlies to make it this far, and they stole Game One in OKC. The Thunder have the series tied at 1-1, and they are a little younger and more athletic than the San Antonio Spurs were. The Grizzlies rolled over the Spurs, but are better matched against the Thunder. While this series could still go either way, I would expect the Thunder to prevail in six or seven games.