Tonight's first round of NBA Playoffs will feature three games. It has been an unexpected postseason thus far. Two teams will look to finish the series on Monday to advance to the conference semifinals.
Nets Hoping to Stop Celtics Sweep
Tonight's Eastern Conference playoff game will see the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets play Game 4. Preseason favorites for the 2022 NBA title, the Nets are now on the brink of losing their second-ever title.
After Saturday's victory, Boston held a 3-0 series advantage. Jayson Tatum scored 39 points, and had six assists and six steals in Game 3. Jaylen Brown added 23 points and five assists to Boston's Game 3, as they shot half the field.
After a long absence due to a torn meniscus, center Robert Williams returned to the Celtics. The Celtics were completely healthy, with Williams playing only 15 minutes of the game. Ben Simmons was scheduled to make his season debut for Brooklyn and play in Game 4, but he has been sidelined by back pain.
Boston will once again stop Durant and Irving's stifling defense and sweep the series to win the next round.
Can Advance With One More Win
The Philadelphia 76ers are set to play Game 5 against the Toronto Raptors in their Eastern Conference first-round series on Monday night at home. After the Raptors' overtime win on Saturday, Philadelphia is now leading the series 3-1. Toronto's Pascal Siakam won the game, scoring 34 points and taking eight rebounds. Gary Trent Jr. scored 24 points.
After outshooting the Raptors, Philly was unable to complete the sweep. James Harden had 22 points for them, while Joel Embiid scored 21. The Sixers are the most efficient shooting team in the playoffs, with a 49.2% average shooting percentage and a 45.2% shooting percentage from three-point range. Although they are still leading in this series, Toronto seems determined and has the momentum going into this matchup.
To win the series, the Sixers will be victorious on their home court.
Jazz Want Second Straight Victory in Dallas
The Western Conference playoff matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz is tied. Game 5 will be played in Dallas. With their win at home of 100-99 on Saturday, Utah avoided their third consecutive loss in the series. They led by 16 points at halftime before Dallas took the lead in quarter four. Rudy Gobert scored an alley-oop in the final eleven seconds to give Jazz victory and tie the series at two each.
Luka Doncic was out for the Mavericks' first three games. He returned to play on Saturday and scored a game-high 30 points, ten rebounds and four assists. They came up short. Jalen Brunson scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds during Game 4. He has now averaged 29.8 points, 4.8 assists, and 5.3 rebounds since Doncic's departure.
Dallas will win the home game to maintain a 3-2 series lead.