After going down 2 games to none in the opening round of the NBA playoffs to the Bulls, the Celtics went on to win 4 straight and take the series. The Celtics faced off against the Wizards in Game 1 of the second round yesterday. This series is going to be an intense series considering the opposing backcourt of both John Wall and Bradley Beal.
The Wizard came out firing in Game 1, the Wizards were able to jump out to a 16-point lead (16-0). This had a lot of Celtics fans worried that they were going to drop another home playoff game. However, point guard Isaiah Thomas put the team on his back and carried his team to a 123 – 111 victory. Thomas had 33 points and 9 assists. Another man who was huge for Boston was Al Horford. Horford has been playing great these playoffs and he did not slow down yesterday. Horford was 1 assist shy of a triple double (21 PTS, 10 REB, 9 AST).
The Celtics will play Game 2 at home on Tuesday against the Wizards. My prediction is that if the Celtics win Game 2 they will win the series in 5 games. However, if they do lose Game 2 I still think they will win the series just in 6 games instead of 5.
Now that the Second is starting I thought that I would also give my predictions for the other three series.
#2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs #3 Toronto Raptors
Winner: Cleveland Cavaliers, I have always been very on high on the backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. However, with struggles that the Raptors had against the Bucks, I really can’t see Toronto beating Cleveland. I don’t think it will happen but don’t be surprised if LeBron and the Cavs sweep the Raptors.
#1 Golden State Warriors vs #5 Utah Jazz
Winner: Golden State Warriors, Utah played a good series against the Clippers and I was rooting for them to beat Los Angeles, however I don’t see the Jazz beating the Warriors. I think that the Warriors will sweep the Jazz, and if not then they will take it in 5 games.
#2 San Antonio Spurs vs #3 Houston Rockets
Winner: Houston Rockets, In the regular season the Spurs hold the season series 3-1. However, 3 out of those 4 games were only decide by 2 points and the 4th game was only decided by 6 points I’m going to give the edge to James Harden. This is the only upset that I can actually see happening this round. I can easily see this being a long series going 6 or 7 games. This will be the series to watch.