Here is a rundown of the Eastern Conference Playoff Matchups updating with the results Wednesday.
Indiana Pacers (1) vs. Atlanta Hawks (eight)
Analysis: The Pacers have struggled headed into the playoffs and split the season series 2-2 with the Hawks. The Hawks truly completed with a constructive web rating after their final blowout win in Atlanta.
But the matchups nonetheless favor the Pacers. If Al Horford was playing it will be an entire totally different collection. One factor to keep watch over? Small ball lineups featuring rookie Pero Antic at middle, stretching the floor and forcing Roy Hibbert out of his comfort zone.
Miami Warmth (2) vs. Charlotte Bobcats (7)
The Warmth gained the season sequence 4-zero, and have been +10.5 per game vs. Charlotte. Most notably, LeBron James dropped 62 on the Bobcats' defense. Do not think the Bobcats are a pushover, although. They play nice defense, grind, and have a top-stage interior participant in Al Jefferson.
They will wrestle to score, although, and the Heat's entice on Kemba Walker should give the Heat guard issues. Guarding Chris Bosh from range will probably show problematic, and the Bobcats' youthful gamers may have points with nerves in opposition to the champs. Greatest case for Charlotte, a tough, laborious-nosed six-game series that offers them one thing to build on. Worst-case: Miami hits the jets and leaves them in a mud to be swept away.
Toronto Raptors (3) vs. Brooklyn Nets (6)
The Nets tanked down to grab this matchup, so that they got what they needed. The Nets and Raptors cut up the season sequence 2-2, with the Raptors finishing with a +2.8 level differential within the four video games.
It's an intriguing matchup of youth vs. expertise. The Nets can grind it out and have veteran players with playoff expertise. The Raptors have been the better staff and have youth and a deeper talent pool. It needs to be a fascinating first spherical matchup.
Chicago Bulls (4) vs. Washington Wizards (5)
The Wizards had been caught between the Bulls and the Warmth. They chose properly. There are some interesting matchups going on here. We're speaking John Wall vs. D.J. Augustin and Nene vs. Carlos Boozer. The Bulls cannot shoot, the Wizards are inconsistent throughout. Marcin Gortat is huge and versatile but Joakim Noah is a tank.
The Bulls should win this sequence with execution and savvy, however don't be surprised if the Wizards make some noise.
Western Convention Matchups right here.