Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets – Comeback kings in familiar spot

Lakers treating Game 5 against the Nuggets 'like a Game 7' - Los Angeles  Times

The Lakers were given a run for their money in the fourth quarter, but ultimately restored their two-game series advantage vs. the Denver Nuggets. Now, the season’s comeback kings must respond as they have done regularly in Orlando – it’s win or go home time again for Michael Malone’s men. Will Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and co step up in another elimination game here? Or will the Lakers secure their first NBA Finals trip since 2010?  Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics – A big Game 4 in store

Jaylen Brown's play, presence as a leader key Game 3 Celtics win | RSN

Jaylen Brown had 26 points, Jayson Tatum added 25 with 14 rebounds and eight assists as the Boston Celtics finally retained their lead to halve the series deficit against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Now, the onus is on Miami to respond accordingly – so how will Erik Spoelstra’s defiant players respond in an important Game 4? Struggle again or come out firing? Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers – A swift response needed

Anthony Davis buzzer-beater gives Lakers Game 2 win vs. Nuggets - Report  Door

Anthony Davis’ buzzer-beating three broke Denver hearts dramatically at the end of Game 2. Now, the postseason’s comeback kings are down 2-0 to the Los Angeles Lakers and there’s increasing belief this matchup is one step too far for Nikola Jokic and co. After narrowly falling short on Sunday, how will they respond in Game 3 of this year’s Western Conference Finals? Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat – C’s look to level pulsating series

This Ain't Healthy For My Heart": Twitter Erupts as Heat's Star Duo Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo Clinch Game 1 in an OT Thriller - EssentiallySports

Bam Adebayo’s record-shattering block to deny Jayson Tatum proved decisive in overtime, as the Miami Heat drew first blood in an exciting series against the Boston Celtics. Boston need to respond in Game 2, trailing against a determined Heat side continuing to silence their critics, like Denver out West. Will they double their series lead, or will things be tied up at one apiece? Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat – An important Game 1 awaits

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat: 5 things to watch in the Eastern Conference Finals - masslive.com

Game 1 of this season’s Eastern Conference Finals gets underway tonight, as the Boston Celtics face the Miami Heat at the start of a intriguing series. After squeezing past Toronto in the semi-finals, Boston target another impressive start to proceedings against Miami – who made the top seeded Milwaukee Bucks look ordinary in a five-game series which finished early last week. Continue reading

Playoff Preview: LA Lakers vs Houston Rockets – Can D’Antoni’s men extend series?

LeBron James on Caruso's shot: 'He knows I have confidence in him'

Following a ten-point victory on Thursday evening, the Lakers have edged ever closer to their first Western Conference Finals appearance in a decade. They can clinch that in Game 5, against a Houston side who appear genuinely defeated. Will they finish the job once and for all, or can the Rockets extend their stay in Orlando like Denver did against the Clippers overnight?  Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors – A decisive Game 6 awaits

GAME 5 NOTES: Raptors on edge of elimination for first time since Kawhi's magic | Basketball | Sports | Cape Breton Post

Jaylen Brown led the game in scoring with 27 points as the Boston Celtics edged closer to clinching their third Eastern Conference Final in the last four years. They’re just 48 minutes from an intriguing showdown with the Miami Heat, who stunned Milwaukee in a five-game series to seal their progression overnight. Will they join them, or can the defending champions take this to a Game 7? Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers – Game 3 up for grabs

The key to Game 2: Rajon Rondo outplays Russell Westbrook as Lakers tie series - xoonews

Anthony Davis and LeBron James combined for 62 points, 21 rebounds and 13 assists as the Lakers returned to winning ways in Game 2 with a eight-point victory against the Houston Rockets. After making adjustments to the Rockets’ fast-paced style, will the purple and gold replicate their impressive resurgence from the Portland series and cruise to victory here? Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets – Who takes Game 1?

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers odds, picks and best bets

After a stunning Game 7 finale win against the Jazz on Tuesday night, rest is in short supply for Denver as they prepare to face a well-rested Los Angeles Clippers side tonight in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals. Are Michael Malone’s side capable of snatching an early lead in a matchup where the odds are stacked against them? Or will the Clippers prove too strong? Continue reading