DAY EIGHT - Four games on tap today as the Pistons looks to sweep the Magic, Cavs look to go up 0-3 on the Wizards, Nuggets and Spurs each look to take control of the series, and the Jazz try to even things up with Houston.
Pistons at Magic, 3:00 PM, TNT
Thoughts: If the Magic haven't won a game by now, they won't be pulling one out to save their playoff lives today. The Magic have been over matched and out played on every front. They've been demoralized and thoroughly beaten. I honestly expected a little more from them and while it would be nice to them put up a fight today, I doubt we'll see it. The Pistons go on being efficient as always and close out in a sweep.
Cavaliers at Wizards, 5:30 PM, TNT
Thoughts: Some part of me really wants to say the Wizards are going to win, if only because I think Cleveland has it in them to lose one game, more than Washington has it in them to win one game. Nevertheless, the Washington comeback at the end of game two was a nice spurt, but probably as close as the Wizards will come. Washington is struggling to find someone to step up and help Antawn Jamison carry the load and until they do, they keep losing. Cavs win.
Spurs at Nuggets, 8:00 PM, ESPN
Thoughts: Make no mistake about it, Denver will come out energized at home. But San Antonio is a poised veteran team that seems to thrive on the road. The Spurs are 27-14 on the road, a better record than Denver's 23-18 at home. Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker all seemed to have gotten back on track in game two and so long as none of them falls off the face of the earth, the Spurs will be in a good position. Iverson and Anthony will try to up their shooting percentages after sub-par shooting nights for the both of them, but remember San Antonio's defense has been known for disrupting star scorers. I expect a close game, but down the stretch the Spurs will make the stops and the big plays. Spurs win.
Rockets at Jazz, 10:30 PM, ESPN
Thoughts: I have to admit, I didn't expect Houston to get out a 2-0 start in this series, but I still expect this series to get close and be tied up tonight. Game two showed everyone the problem I highlighted in my first round playoff predictions, while the Rockets have a tremendous tandem in McGrady and Yao, they have little else for support on offense. McGrady and Yao combined for 50 points in game two, but their teammates only managed to chip in 17 for a sparse team total of 67. Utah is simply a more balanced team and Carlos Boozer is stepping up as a solid number one option. Utah ties it up tonight at home. Jazz win.
* all times Eastern
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