The 2013 NBA playoffs are back in full swing on Monday with two pivotal Game 4 matchups. The Miami Heat square off against the Chicago Bulls, and the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Memphis Grizzlies.
It’s going to be tough to top the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs Mother’s Day battle that spilled into overtime, but—as we've seen so far in this postseason—anything is possible.
You aren't going to want to miss a single minute of this pair of thrilling contests, which is why I put together this quick guide that reveals where and when you can watch the games, a preview for the action and a prediction on the final scores.
Without further ado, let’s take a look.
Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls, Game 4, Eastern Conference Semifinals
When: Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. ET
Where: United Center, Chicago, Ill.
Series Record: Heat 2, Bulls 1
Chicago shocked the world in Game 1 with a surprising victory on the road in Miami.
Unfortunately, instead of heralding in a series that could go either way, that win simply awoke a sleeping giant. The Heat were listless after a sweep of the Bucks in the first round and an eight-day wait to start the conference semifinals.
Now it seems that the end of this best-of-seven series is just two games away, as Miami prepares to finish off this pesky Bulls squad.
Which team will win Game 4?
Despite the heroics of Nate Robinson, Joakim Noah and the rest of the Chicago roster, they are just no match for reigning MVP LeBron James, superstar sidekick Dwyane Wade and the other members of this battle-tested Heat lineup.
The last two games have proved that the Bulls need Derrick Rose to seriously contend, which means we could see an epic showdown between these two foes in next year’s postseason.
Prediction: Heat 98 – Bulls 84
Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies, Game 4, Western Conference Semifinals
When: Monday, May 13, at 9:30 p.m. ET
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tenn.
Series Record: Grizzlies 2, Thunder 1
The Thunder put up a valiant effort to open the series but have since been proven one-dimensional while being picked apart by coach Lionel Hollins’ veteran Grizzlies defense.
Russell Westbrook’s absence is a significant obstacle that it seems OKC will not be able to overcome, as Mike Conley Jr. is running rampant in the backcourt, and the tandem of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol is having their way down in the paint.
Kevin Durant is doing his best to score at a high level, assume the role of facilitator, scrap for boards and more. He’s performing well, but that is just not enough to get it done against an elite Memphis defensive unit.
With a hostile crowd against them, the Thunder will cave under the pressure and slip down into an insurmountable 3-1 deficit on Monday.
Prediction: Grizzlies 99 – Thunder 96