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NBA Playoff Schedule 2013: Complete Overview of Important Info for Round 1

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NBA Playoff Schedule 2013: Complete Overview of Important Info for Round 1
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We've seen some exciting action thus far in the 2012-13 NBA playoffs, but a few teams won't be around for long.

Whether it's a defending champion outmatching a No. 8 seed in virtually every area or a former champion stalling without its leading scorer, here's a look at the teams I see getting swept in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs.

*Complete schedule can be found at below and at NBA.com. Stats via ESPN.com and TeamRankings.com.


Indiana Pacers (vs. Atlanta Hawks)

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The Pacers defeated the Hawks in Game 1 despite Atlanta shooting 50 percent from the floor.

Why?

Because the Pacers owned the Hawks on the glass. They out-rebounded the Hawks in Game 1, 48-32. That included 15 offensive rebounds. 

It's no fluke, either. The Pacers rank first in the NBA in rebounding rate this season, while the Hawks rank 28th in the category. That's not just an obstacle for Atlanta to get past—it's a mountain.

Add the balance that Indiana possesses and it's going to be a rough series for Atlanta. Six different Pacers scored in double figures in Game 1, including Most Improved Player Paul George, who racked up 23 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds.

 

Miami Heat (vs. Milwaukee Bucks)

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It's a sad state of affairs for the Bucks. Backcourt mates Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings combine for 48 points and the Bucks still lose Game 1, 110-87. Milwaukee's No. 3 and No. 4 scorers, Ersan Ilyasova and J.J. Redick, combined to shoot 2-of-13 from the field in Game 1.

That's not the worst of it, though. The Heat, despite ranking 23rd in the NBA in rebounding rate, out-rebounded the Bucks on Sunday, 46-31 (including 11 offensive rebounds). In the Bucks' last regular-season game against the Heat, they were out-rebounded, 49-37.

When you can't even beat the defending champions in their worst area, you have little to no chance of even making it a series.

 

San Antonio Spurs (vs. Los Angeles Lakers)

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Will the Spurs sweep the Lakers?

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I know everybody is scared to say a franchise as historic as the Lakers would get swept in the first round of the playoffs, but these aren't your normal, historic Lakers. When you lose a player like Kobe Bryant, you can't expect to simply move on as if nothing happened.

Case in point: The Lakers scored 79 points in their Game 1 loss to the Spurs without Bryant, despite averaging 102.2 points during the regular season (sixth in the NBA).

That's no fluke, folks. The Lakers don't have much depth. They've been reduced to starting point guard Steve Blake alongside Steve Nash in the playoffs. Blake has gone a combined 11-of-33 in his last two games (including Game 1, where he went 5-of-13). Nash hadn't played since March 30 before starting on Sunday. It's inevitable that he will show some rust in the early going of the series.

Beyond Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, it's dicey on offense for the Lakers, unless a switch flips for Nash. 

2013 NBA Playoff Schedule for Round 1 (courtesy of NBA.com)

Tuesday, April 23
Matchup Time (ET) Channel
Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat (Game 2) 7:30 p.m. NBATV
Boston Celtics at New York Knicks (Game 2) 8 p.m. TNT
Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets (Game 2) 10:30 p.m. TNT
     
Wednesday, April 24
Matchup Time (ET) Channel
Houston Rockets at OKC Thunder (Game 2)

7 p.m.

TNT
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (Game 2) 7:30 p.m. NBATV
L.A. Lakers at San Antonio Spurs (Game 2) 9:30 p.m. TNT
     
Thursday, April 25
Matchup Time (ET) Channel
Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks (Game 3) 7 p.m. TNT
Brooklyn Nets at Chicago Bulls (Game 3) 8:30 p.m. NBATV
L.A. Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies (Game 3) 9:30 p.m. TNT
     
Friday, April 26
Matchup Time (ET) Channel
New York Knicks at Boston Celtics (Game 3) 8 p.m. ESPN
San Antonio Spurs at L.A. Lakers (Game 3) 10:30 p.m. ESPN
Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors (Game 3) 10:30 p.m. ESPN2
     
Saturday, April 27
Matchup Time (ET) Channel
Brooklyn Nets at Chicago Bulls (Game 4) 2 p.m. TNT
L.A. Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies (Game 4) 4:30 p.m. TNT
Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks (Game 3) 7 p.m. ESPN
OKC Thunder at Houston Rockets (Game 3) 9:30 p.m. ESPN
     
Sunday, April 28
Matchup Time (ET) Channel
New York Knicks at Boston Celtics (Game 4) 1 p.m. ABC
Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks (Game 4) 3:30 p.m. ABC
San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers (Game 4) 7 p.m. TNT
Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors (Game 4) 9:30 p.m. TNT
     
Monday, April 29  
Matchup Time (ET)  Channel 
Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets (Game 4) TBD TBD
Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets (Game 5)* TBD TBD
Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks (Game 4) TBD TBD
     
Tuesday, April 30  
Matchup Time (ET) Channel
L.A. Lakers at San Antonio Spurs (Game 5)* TBD TBD
Golden State Warriors at Denver Nuggets (Game 5)* TBD TBD
Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat (Game 5)* TBD TBD
Memphis Grizzlies at L.A. Clippers (Game 5)* TBD TBD
     
Wednesday, May 1
Matchup Time (ET) Channel
Houston Rockets at OKC Thunder (Game 5)* TBD TBD
Boston Celtics at New York Knicks (Game 5)* TBD TBD
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (Game 5)* TBD TBD
     
Thursday, May 2  
Matchup Time (ET) Channel
San Antonio Spurs at L.A. Lakers (Game 6)* TBD TBD
Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors (Game 6)* TBD TBD
Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks (Game 6)* TBD TBD
Brooklyn Nets at Chicago Bulls (Game 6)* TBD TBD
     
Friday, May 3
Matchup Time (ET) Channel
OKC Thunder at Houston Rockets (Game 6)* TBD TBD
New York Knicks at Boston Celtics (Game 6)* TBD TBD
L.A. Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies (Game 6)* TBD TBD
Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks (Game 6)* TBD TBD
     
Saturday, May 4
Matchup Time (ET) Channel
Golden State Warriors at Denver Nuggets (Game 7)* TBD TBD
L.A. Lakers at San Antonio Spurs (Game 7)* TBD TBD
Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat (Game 7)* TBD TBD
Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets (Game 7)* TBD TBD
     
Sunday, May 5
Matchup Time (ET) Channel
Houston Rockets at OKC Thunder (Game 7)* TBD TBD
Boston Celtics at New York Knicks (Game 7)* TBD TBD
Memphis Grizzlies at L.A. Clippers (Game 7)* TBD TBD
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (Game 7)* TBD TBD

 

*if necessary. 

 

 

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