The NBA Playoffs 2015 are in full swing and with Game 1 of every first round playoff series completed, here is a breakdown of how each team fared and predictions for how Game 2 is likely to go in each respective series.
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Atlanta Hawks vs Brooklyn Nets
The Hawks’ ball movement, creative flair and general execution on the offensive end can tear apart the Nets defense, and after the opening encounter it is safe to expect some more heavy scoring with multiple players getting into double figures for Atlanta en route to a win in Game 2.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics
This was always going to be a tough ask for the Celtics, and with Kyrie Irving seemingly brushing off any possible playoff nerves, it looks as though the Cavs will be making quick work of their opening round rivals.
Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks
Coming into the playoffs, Bulls fans knew that a healthy Derrick Rose would be their x-factor. After scoring 23 points in Game 1, it appears the former MVP is relishing being back in the post-season and is ready to go.
Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards
The Raptors need to forget about Paul Pierce and focus on the Wizards. The wily veteran played it beautifully with his “it” comment and drew attention towards him and away from the team in a heated Game 1 meeting. However, expect the Raptors to hit back in Game 2 as this could be a huge early turning point in the series.
Golden State Warriors vs New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis is going to enjoy himself in the playoffs, but it won’t be enough to stop the Warriors. Stephen Curry and Co. have too much talent and depth to get stuck in a war here, and so Golden State will be looking to take a commanding lead in this one with another home game.
Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks
It is time for Houston to get over their playoff hump, and James Harden and Dwight Howard are the men to lead them past the Mavericks who are still looking for it all to come together before it’s too late. Another road loss is on the horizon for the Mavs.
Los Angeles Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin grabbed Game 1 by the neck and willed the Clippers to a victory. However, expect Gregg Popovich to make the necessary adjustments in order to tie up the series in Game 2.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trail Blazers
Portland are missing Wes Matthews and they need Arron Afflalo back sooner rather than later. LaMarcus Aldridge can’t do it all himself, and the Trail Blazers are risking getting ground down and pushed to the brink of elimination after another loss in the next meeting.