T'Wolves @ Mavericks: Garnett and Nowitzki are as all the time the showcases of this match-up. If both Dallas or Minnesota needs success in June, they'll need assistance from the supporting solid. Josh Howard is again for Dallas, as is Troy Hudson for Minnesota. Szczerbiak is the T'Wolves # 2 man, however Dallas has an enigma with Terry, Howard and Daniels all producing sporadically.
Rockets @ Lakers: This was all the time the sport the place Yao Ming would breakout for a 30-pt efficiency. With Shaq gone and Chris Mihm in, is Yao going to return and play? McGrady and Kobe present maybe the one one-on-one match-up within the NBA the place each gamers are assured to attain 30+ factors.
Spurs @ Hornets: Western groups are all the time going to provide their finest towards the Spurs, however even then it doesn’t translate to a W. The Warriors had been in the same spot earlier this 12 months and misplaced at residence by 30. The Hornets have needed to journey between Baton Rouge and Oklahoma Metropolis only for residence video games, so dealing with the Spurs isn't a lot of a break. How lengthy can the Hornets proceed play laborious earlier than they crack just like the Saints did?
Pistons @ Grizzlies: Two of the most effective defensive groups within the NBA face off in Memphis. Stoudamire and Jones have added veteran management on protection, one thing that Jason Williams and Bonzi Wells didn’t have the persistence for. Detroit wins all their shut video games, so Pau Gasol should step up (once more) to provide Memphis a win.
Warriors @ Celtics: These are two groups which may miss out on the playoffs solely due to inexperience. Solely Fisher, Davis and Calbert Cheney have been within the playoffs for Golden State. Boston isn't significantly better and doesn't have a participant who has been to the Finals. Golden State has a slight benefit, since Delonte West may have points masking Baron Davis.
Raptors @ Magic: Toronto's willingness to play laborious has begun to waver. Jalen Rose is now on the bench for a severe lack of manufacturing. Jose Calderon is injured, which suggests there's loads of standing round. With Grant Hill again, Orlando's offense is extra fluent and shouldn't battle to make the most of the Raptors weaker D.
Sonics @ Suns: Final 12 months, the Sonics had been the one group to win in San Antonio, Phoenix, Dallas and Miami. This 12 months the Supersonics can't even preserve their residence court docket. Phoenix is higher model of Seattle; nonetheless the 2 groups play precisely the identical means. Count on no defensive strain on this one. Each groups are prolific scorers and torpid defenders.
Spurs @ Bucks: Each groups rely closely on their supporting solid, significantly Milwaukee. The Bucks want Ford, Redd, Simmons, Magloire and Bogut to all produce. The three-pter goes to be robust for Milwaukee; They lead the League in 3-pt taking pictures, however San Antonio is without doubt one of the finest groups by way of defending the skin shot. Simmons and Bogut should get factors within the paint for a Bucks win.
Hawks @ Warmth: Provided that Shaq and Wade don't strive in any respect; That's the one means this isn't a 30-pt blowout by halftime. Zaza Pachulia and Al Harrington are far too undersized to make a dent in Shaq's field rating. Joe Johnson needs to be a celebrity however will get a impolite awakening when he faces Dwyane Wade. If Miami is something near Detroit, they'll put this recreation away after the first quarter.