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Thursday’s NBA Playoff Match Ups
(Celtics @ Bulls Game 3, Spurs @ Mavs Game 3, Lakers @ Jazz Game 3)
Things are starting to get interesting now, especially in the East with the Bulls and the Celtics battling back and forth. Not only is Derrick Rose emerging as a legitimate superstar point guard for Chicago, but Ben Gordon has also proved that he is as clutch as they come hitting big shot after big shot when the game was on the line in game 2.
Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls Game 3
The series may be knotted up at a 1-1, but the Bulls have without a doubt stolen the show from the defending champs in this first round series. Coming into this series no one predicted the Bulls to do anything but lose in five or six games, but only after the first two games we all get the feeling this series has the potential to be a classic and go the distance.
Derrick Rose is playing amazing and Ben Gordon has just been on fire! As if Rose’s game one performance wasn’t impressive enough, Gordon comes out in game two and scores 42 points nailing every shot in the closing minutes keeping the Bulls in the game.
Like all classic playoff match ups game two came down to a last second shot and who better to take the shot on the Celtics than sharp shooting Ray Allen. With the sweetest jumper in the game Allen just rolled off a screen, went back out to the three point line and with Joakim Noah in his face Allen nailed the game winning three.
In game three the series will shift to Chicago where the windy city faithful are no stranger to a playoff atmosphere. Without really having a good team to root for since the Jordan days you better believe the deprived Bulls fans will be ready for this game. I think after seeing the first two games that the Bulls will win this series starting by getting the series lead in game three.
San Antonio Spurs @ Dallas Mavericks Game 3
Well, we all knew it was going to happen, but personally I wasn’t sure it would be in game two. The Spurs put the Mavs back in their place in game two with a blowout victory at home winning by a convincing 21 points and lead by Tony Parker’s 38.
In my opinion, the Mavs can win this series. The series will probably have to go the full seven games in order for Dirk Nowitzki and company to pull it off, but it is very possible that the Mavs could advance to round two.
Dallas did what they set out to do and win at least one game in San Antonio and now the series shifts to Dallas where the Mavs can take full control of this series with a couple wins on their home floor before going back to San Antonio.
Although Parker picked up the scoring load in game two the Spurs will really start to miss Manu Ginobili’s scoring ability as the series presses on. I see the Mavs winning game three in Dallas.
Los Angeles Lakers @ Utah Jazz Game 3
Well, game two wasn’t exactly the blowout that was predicted, but the Lakers did put up 41 points in the first quarter. The Jazz were never really in the game even with Deron Williams being virtually unstoppable on the offensive end of the floor.
Game three will definitely have a different feel to in Utah as the Jazz should play better, but I think we will see the same result as both games one and two. Okur might be back in the lineup for the Jazz which would definitely improve Utah’s chances of winning game three, but the Lakers are by far the superior team of the two and should sweep the Jazz in for games.
The spread in this game will favor the Lakers, but it will not be by 10+ points like in the previous two games. I expect a close game in the first of two in Utah and the Lakers to come out on top for the third straight game in the series.
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