When higher stakes mix with a new-found sense of hope, the result is an exciting second round of NBA playoff basketball.
The first group of winners, a little over a quarter of the league's total teams, face off to further separate the elite from the very good. Sometimes that difference is evident, and other times, it's nearly indecipherable.
The four matchups we have in this year's second round are each intriguing in their own way, and here, to accompany the excitement, are eight bold predictions—two from each series—to look out for as all the action unfolds.
All that's certain is four teams are headed home, and four will soon be moving on.
All statistics in this article were used from Basketball-Reference and NBA.com/Stats