Great basketball action will be coming your way tonight as the NBA has served up two mouth-watering playoff games that will definitely whet your hoops appetite. Opening festivities tonight is the Game 4 showdown between the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks.
Following shortly thereafter is the much-anticipated Game 4 clash between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers. Read on below for a quick breakdown of these two pivotal games and while you’re at it, you can check out our Game 5 preview of Toronto vs. Milwaukee.
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Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks (8:00 PM ET)
Expect fireworks to erupt later tonight when the Wizards and the Hawks collide in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round clash. Markieff Morris called Paul Millsap a crybaby after Atlanta’s 116-98 victory in Game 3. That didn’t sit well with Millsap who replied “It definitely got personal now.” Millsap had a monster performance on Saturday, scoring 29 points and grabbing 14 boards. It was Atlanta’s defense that spelled the difference, however, as the Hawks limited the Wizards to just 24.1 percent shooting from downtown.
One guy who needs to step up for Washington in Game 4 is Bradley Beal. He struggled mightily in Game 3, scoring just 12 points on 6-of-20 shooting from the field. Beal missed all of his six attempts from beyond the arc. That was quite surprising considering Beal averaged 26.5 points in the opening two games of this series.
The Hawks are 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 home games against the Wizards.
Atlanta (-2.5) knots the series at two games apiece with a 106-99 win.
Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 PM ET)
The Golden State Warriors will look to complete the series sweep when they lock horns with the Portland Trail Blazers later tonight. The Warriors once again displayed their tremendous depth in Game 3, pulling off the comeback victory sans Kevin Durant and head coach Steve Kerr. Stephen Curry scored a game-high 34 points for the Warriors who battled back from a 16-point second-half deficit.
Not even the return of Jusuf Nurkic can rescue Portland who once again collapsed under the bright lights of the NBA Playoffs. For the Blazers to grab the all-important victory tonight, they will need Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum to step up their play tonight. They combined for 63 points in the Game 3 loss to Golden State. Portland’s other starters, however, will need to contribute as well if they are to extend the series against the Dubs. Maurice Harkless and Nurkic combined for just three points on Saturday.
The Warriors are 9-0 in their last nine games against the Blazers.
Portland (+7) extends the series with a gritty 105-101 win.
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