If Monday night's NBA games showed anything, it is that teams are not willing to end their season without a fight. Tuesday is certain to feature more of the same.
The Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets both staved off elimination with home wins, while the Atlanta Hawks evened up the series against the Indiana Pacers at two games apiece.
On Tuesday, the Golden State Warriors have a chance to advance to the second round to play the San Antonio Spurs, although the Denver Nuggets will not go down easily. In addition, both the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers will look to gain the edge in a 2-2 series.
There is a lot to focus on these two battles, so here is everything you need to know about the upcoming matchups.
No. 6 Golden State Warriors at No. 3 Denver Nuggets, Western Conference, Game 5
Time: Tuesday, April 30, at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.
Series Record: Warriors 3, Nuggets 1
If you like scoring, you are probably enjoying this series. The matchup between two of the best offenses in the league has averaged 218.5 points per game.
Stephen Curry has been a big part of that, averaging 30 points per game in the last three wins, as his Warriors have taken a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.
However, the Nuggets are much stronger at home, where they return for Game 5. During the regular season, Denver had the best home record in the NBA at 38-3. While the Warriors were able to steal a win in Game 2, it is tough to imagine that happening again.
In addition, Denver has been getting more and more production out of Kenneth Faried, who is a big part of the team's success, especially on defense. He sat out in Game 1 and only played 21 minutes in Game 2, but was able to be in the game for 33 minutes in the most recent loss.
If he is healthy, he will help slow down the opposing team's penetration into the lane, something the Nuggets have been unable to do to this point.
Golden State has seen plenty of players step up since David Lee went down. Jarrett Jack, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes are all picking up the scoring load to help Curry on the offensive end.
Unfortunately, the team is unlikely to clinch the series until at least Game 6.
Prediction: Nuggets 112, Warriors 106
No. 5 Memphis Grizzlies at No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers, Western Conference, Game 5
Time: Tuesday, April 30, at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Series Record: Grizzlies 2, Clippers 2
All four games in this series have been won by the home team. Although it appears that the Grizzlies gained momentum in the matchup after winning the last game by 21 points, that could all change as the teams return to Los Angeles.
In Game 4, the Clippers got very little production outside of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Starters DeAndre Jordan, Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler combined for only two points on the day.
This was a far cry from Game 1, when seven players finished in double figures for the home team.
Of course, Memphis has also been very impressive on both sides of the court in the past two games. The defense is once again displaying the dominance we saw in the regular season, while Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol are stepping up on the offensive end.
Mike Conley Jr. is also averaging 10.7 assists in the last three games, which has helped Memphis keep up on the scoreboard.
If the Grizzlies keep up their defensive intensity, they will be able to continue the winning streak and take the series lead at 3-2. Los Angeles will certainly play better than it did in the last game, but Memphis is too efficient and is playing too well to lose at this stage.
Prediction: Grizzlies 94, Clippers 92
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