What an exciting first couple of days to begin the 2020 postseason.
As all 16 teams played their Game 1s, we witnessed a pair of big upsets as the top seeds from both conferences went down, an overtime game between the division rivals in the West, and a scintillating playoff debut by Luka Doncic.
Day 3 is another four-game slate, this time all Game 2s. Here's a rundown of Wednesday's slate and what's at stake in each of the games:
All win probabilities are per FiveThirtyEight's NBA Predictions model. All times in ET.
Brooklyn Nets @ Toronto Raptors - Game 2 @ 1:30 PM
Win probability: Raptors - 88%
For only the second time in their history, the Raptors began their postseason with a win and they did so by breaking multiple records. In their Game 1 win, they set playoff franchise records for points (134) and 3-pointers (22).
Although they eventually won Game 1 comfortably, the Raptors' 33-point first-half lead was brought down to as little as eight late in the third quarter. Expect more of the same in Game 2.
The seventh-seeded Nets, led by Caris LeVert, will battle hard but the defending champions are heavily favoured to extend their series lead to 2-0.
Utah Jazz @ Denver Nuggets - Game 2 @ 4:00 PM
Win probability: Nuggets - 66%
The Nuggets' two stars - Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic - came up big, leading them to a Game 1 win in overtime, despite a career-high 57 points from Donovan Mitchell.
Heading into Game 2, Denver is still favoured to win and extend their series advantage.
For the Jazz, Mike Conley returned to the bubble on Monday night following the birth of his second child and is expected to clear quarantine for Game 3 of this series.
Philadelphia 76ers @ Boston Celtics - Game 2 @ 6:30 PM
Win probability: Celtics - 55%
In Game 1, the 76ers had no answer for Jayson Tatum (32 points, 13 rebounds), who became the youngest Celtic with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds.
Can a more dominant Joel Embiid make a difference in Game 2? He finished with 26 points, 16 rebounds, and five turnovers in Game 1, however, he shot the ball just 15 times. Expect that to change in game 2.
Will the C's perimeter play still hold good even without Gordon Hayward or can the 76ers do just enough to neutralize the threat from the wings? The injury to Hayward makes for a Game 2 where anything can happen.
Dallas Mavericks @ LA Clippers - Game 2 @ 9:00 PM
Win probability: Clippers - 72%
Luka Doncic put on a show in his playoff debut with a record 42 points but couldn't lead his team to victory.
Game 1 between these teams was tight until Kristaps Porzingis was ejected. Can the Mavericks win Game 2 if KP is on the floor for longer or will the Clippers build on the momentum from the win, find their rhythm and go 2-0 up?
Only time will tell but for now, LA are favourites to win Game 2.
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