Apr 16, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (8) shoots over Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the second quarter in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs Preview: Game 2 of First Round

The NBA playoffs are underway with teams yearning to win Game 2 of the first round. Tonight on April 18th, three games are taking place between Milwaukee and Toronto, Chicago against Boston, and Utah versus Los Angeles.

Game 2 Essentials:

  • 7:00 PM-The Milwaukee Bucks versus the Tornoto Raptors at the Air Canada Center
  • 8:00 PM– The Chicago Bulls versus the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden
  • 10:30 PM– The Utah Jazz versus the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center

Game Previews

Milwaukee vs. Toronto

With Game 1 finishing with a loss for the Raptors of 83-97, nothing has changed–The Raptors continue to lose in Game 1 since being coached under Dwane Casey. If the Raptors want a shot at winning tonight’s game, they need to take down Giannis Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo shot an all-time high with 28 points. Not only does Toronto need to shut down Antetokounmpo, but they also need to keep their energy up. In the second half of Game 1, Toronto was outscored 51-32. The Raptors offense was off. Toronto Raptors Guard Kyle Lowry failed to score double points for the first time since January 3rd at San Antonio. While the Bucks were playing good defense, the Raptors should be coming back for revenge and more energy in tonight’s game.

Chicago vs. Boston

The top-seeded Boston Celtics are back in action tonight and are hungry for a win tonight after suffering from a loss of 106-102 to the eight-seeded Chicago Bulls. The Bulls may have taken this win, but they have not won two games in a row against the Celtics since January of 2015. The Celtics were playing well offensively with point guard Isaiah Thomas scoring 33 points in Game 1, but they need to keep up their defense. Bulls small forward Jimmy Butler showed the Celtics what they were missing out on by scoring 30 points. Let’s see if Boston can pick up the slack and take home a win tonight.

Utah vs. Los Angeles

In Game 1, the Clippers ended with a surprising loss of 97-95 at their home court, but they are bringing back the energy tonight for a win. The winning point was scored by small forward Joe Johnson as the time expired. The one thing that Clippers have in their favor tonight is the players that are injured for Utah. Center Rudy Gobert will not be playing in Game 2 due to a hyperextended left knee injury after colliding into Clippers forward Mbah a Moute. The Clippers also need to see more offensive play from their team. Although point guard Chris Paul scored 25 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in Game 1, shooting guard J.J. Reddick scored only seven points. Among the Clippers competitiveness, their advantage due to Utah’s injured players, and a little more offensive play, the Clippers have a great shot at making a comeback in Game 2.


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