The 2021 NBA Playoffs has four games on the schedule for Wednesday night with the second round fast approaching. We’ve got one second-round matchup set after the Brooklyn Nets knocked off the Boston Celtics in Game 5 on Tuesday night. The Nets will face the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the playoffs with Game 1 expected to be this Saturday.
Wizards @ Sixers breakdown (PHI 3-1, Sixers -6.5)
The Sixers will likely be without C Joel Embiid, who left Monday’s Game 4 due to knee soreness and will undergo further evaluation. Philly is still in the driver’s seat in this series but there’s reason for concern if Embiid’s knee is something more serious. The Sixers may feel a bit of deja vu since it always seems one big injury holds them back from advancing deep in the postseason. The Wizards lost Davis Bertans and Russell Westbrook is considered questionable for Game 5.
Hawks @ Knicks breakdown (ATL 3-1, Knicks -1.5)
The Knicks are being favored at home in an elimination game but really don’t deserve this type of respect. We’ll digress for a second to talk about how the Hawks and Knicks have looked in the series. New York has had issues on offense and Julius Randle has had an awful start to his playoff career. Trae Young can’t say the same as he’s been fantastic and will likely relish the opportunity to send the Knicks home in front of the crowd at Madison Square Garden.
Grizzlies @ Jazz breakdown (UTA 3-1, Jazz -9.5)
The Utah Jazz have progressively looked more and more like the No. 1 seed in this series. Each game feels close until the Jazz go on a run and hit a few threes while making strong defensive plays. Donovan Mitchell returned in Game 2 and the Jazz haven’t lost. Utah will look to close out Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
Mavericks @ Clippers breakdown (Series tied 2-2, Clippers -7)
The Los Angeles Clippers have won back-to-back games to tie this series heading to Staples Center. The Clippers struggled on defense in falling behind 2-0 before bouncing back, culminating in a fantastic defensive effort in a win in Game 4, holding the Mavericks to under 20 percent shooting from downtown.
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How to watch Wednesday, June 2nd NBA Playoffs slate
Wizards @ Sixers, 7:00 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass — NBA League Pass
Hawks @ Knicks, 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT — Watch TNT
Grizzlies @ Jazz, 9:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV — NBA TV site
Mavericks @ Clippers, 10:00 p.m. ET, TNT — Watch TNT