Three games are scheduled on Thursday as the NBA first round playoff continues. Two powerful teams are seeking a 3-0 advantage over their counterparts while the other game breaks the 1-1 tie.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to dismantle the Indiana Pacers as LeBron James and his teammates found their way for a separation in Game 2 after a narrow victory in Game 1. While the series will be played in Indiana, the Cavaliers know how to win on the road and they understand the necessity of closing down the series early. James is averaging 28.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.0 assists per game in the postseason. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving is averaging 30.0 points per game while Kevin Love also increases his production with 28.5 points per game. Tristan Thompson elevates his performance in the playoffs with his 11.5 rebounds per game.
For the Pacers, Paul George is playing superbly in the first two games averaging 30.5t points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game. With the big numbers of George, he also has to guard James in most of the fourth quarters so far. In a surprising manner, Lance Stephenson is helping the Pacers with his 14.5 points per game average. Indiana has to play four quarters and they should give themselves a chance to win in the fourth quarter especially that they playing at home. A win for the Pacers would keep the series close but a defeat would mean a possible sweep for the Cavs. Cavs vs Pacers Game 3 is televised on TNT at 7:00 PM ET.
The first two games of the Spurs-Grizzlies series were not even a contest. The Spurs defense had limited the Grizzlies offense so far that Game 3 would be hard to fathom how the Griz would come up winning. However, everybody believes that the Grizzlies have enough to upset the Spurs.
Kawhi Leonard has possessed big numbers in the postseason so far with 34.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Leonard has leaped into becoming the face of the Spurs and that the team’s success is hugely dependent on him. To solidify the offense, Tony Parkers is scoring 16.5 points while LaMarcus Aldridge is making 15.5 points per game. In the wake of having a strong roster, Paul Gasol is at the right place at the right time in his contribution to maintain the toughness inside.
For the Grizzlies, the passion to win remains in their veins and that they should find a way to win Game 3. Marc Gasol is averaging 22.0 points per game but he is grabbing only 5.5 rebounds per game. Mike Conley is playing great with his 18.5 points, 7.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Moreover, Zach Randolph is also a part of the offense and defense. Randolph has to be able to dislodge his defenders in the post. Spurs vs Grizzlies is televised on TNT, start time at 9:30 ET.
One of the tied series so far is the Bucks vs Raptors as they will be playing with hight notes. The Raptors bounced back in Game 2, 106-100. Though the Raptors are favored to win the series, the Bucks have let the world knew that they have all the weapons to deal with their nemesis.
DeMar DeRozan is averaging 25.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. However, Kyle Lowry is averaging only 13.0 points per game in comparison to his 22.4 points per game in the regular season. If the Raptors will have to win the series, Lowry must produce like they he used to. Thanks to Serge Ibaka’s 17.5t points and 10.5 rebounds production per game in the series. Ibaka’s experience is highly helping the Raptors.
It’s just normal to see the numbers of Giannis Antetokounmpo with 26.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. Antetokounmpo is the player significantly making the Bucks pulling a possible series upset. Greg Monroe is also contributing with 16.0 points while Khris Middleton is averaging 15.0 points per game. If the Bucks defense will again be on top over the Raptors’ “Big Two”, then they will win Game 3. Bucks vs Raptors Gem 3 starts at 8:00 PM and is broadcasted on NBATV.