Round 2 of the 2013 NBA playoffs has been nothing short of incredible with two series—New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies—being evened up at one game apiece on Tuesday night.
Things should be even more exciting on Wednesday when the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls get ready for the next matchup in their seven-game series that looks ready to go the distance. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors are looking to steal a game on the road against the San Antonio Spurs.
You won’t want to miss a single minute of the action. Keep reading to find out when and where to watch it all, read a short preview for each game, catch a prediction on the final scores and more.
Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls, Game 2, Eastern Conference Semifinals
When: Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. ET
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
Series Record: Bulls 1, Miami 0
The Bulls pulled off the most surprising victory thus far of this postseason when they came out with an undermanned lineup and manhandled the Heat down the stretch for a big 93-86 victory.
It was another example of this team using its massive heart, incredible defensive abilities and indomitable will to vanquish an opponent that—on paper—should win every time.
Now the question is, will Chicago pull off that feat for a second straight game in South Beach?
The answer is no. Too many factors that went into the outcome of that game are correctable on Miami’s end.
All the missed wide-open shots will eventually start falling and the sluggish pace that negatively impacted the Heat’s performance will pick up in Game 2.
The defending champs were lazy and listless from an eight-day resting period that followed their sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks in Round 1.
Prediction: Heat 97 – Bulls 85
San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors, Game 2, Western Conference Semifinals
When: Wednesday, May 8, at 9:30 p.m. ET
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio
Series Record: Spurs 1, Warriors 0
Game 1 of this series is perhaps the most thrilling NBA contest to have been played during the 2012-13 campaign.
It had everything, including an epic comeback in the waning minutes of regulation, a back-and-forth battle in overtime, another improbable barrage of points to put the Warriors ahead with barely any time left on the clock and a game-winning three-pointer from Manu Ginobili that will enter the pantheon of clutch shots.
While that game may be hard to top, no one should doubt that the Dubs or Spurs will somehow find a way to make Game 2 just as interesting as the opening salvo of this series.
Golden State is going to lean heavily on Stephen Curry, who has to be in the conversation as a top-10 player in the NBA today.
He continued his scintillating 2012-13 effort with a 44-point, 11-assist showing on Monday and will look to add to those figures and—more importantly—earn a road win on Wednesday evening.
Tony Parker will have to do his best to keep Curry in check while also providing the fuel that makes the aging Spurs’ creaky engine still run. During an all-around effort in Game 1, the Frenchman chipped in 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Make sure you tune in to catch this awesome individual battle that should take center stage in the war between these two Western Conference rivals.
Prediction: Warriors 104 – Spurs 100
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