While traditionally there's no place like home when it comes to the NBA playoffs, the road teams have made some early statements this postseason, none louder than the Washington Wizards and Portland Trail Blazers, who lead their respective series 2-0 despite opening on the road.
But the Wizards and Blazers aren't alone when it comes to playoff surprises. The Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have all produced stunning results early in these playoffs.
But what will the rest of Round 1 spotlight?
Here, we'll get you up to speed with the updated postseason bracket and broadcast information for the remainder of the first round.
2014 NBA Playoff Bracket (as of Thursday, April 24 at 8 a.m. ET)
|First Round||Conf. Semis||Conf. Finals||NBA Finals|
|(1) Indiana Pacers (Series tied 1-1)|
|(8) Atlanta Hawks|
|(4) Chicago Bulls|
|(5) Washington Wizards (Lead 2-0)|
|(3) Toronto Raptors (Series tied 1-1)|
|(6) Brooklyn Nets|
|(2) Miami Heat (Lead 2-0)|
|(7) Charlotte Bobcats|
|(1) San Antonio Spurs (Series tied 1-1)|
|(8) Dallas Mavericks|
|(4) Houston Rockets|
|(5) Portland Trail Blazers (Lead 2-0)|
|(3) Los Angeles Clippers (Series tied 1-1)|
|(6) Golden State Warriors|
|(2) Oklahoma City Thunder (Series tied 1-1)|
|(7) Memphis Grizzlies|
|Thu, April 24||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV|
|Game 3: Pacers at Hawks||7 p.m.||NBATV|
|Game 3: Thunder at Grizzlies||8 p.m.||TNT|
|Game 3: Clippers at Warriors||10:30 p.m.||TNT|
|Fri, April 25||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV|
|Game 3: Raptors at Nets||7 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Game 3: Bulls at Wizards||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|Game 3: Rockets at Trail Blazers||10:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sat, April 26||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV|
|Game 4: Pacers at Hawks||2 p.m.||TNT|
|Game 3: Spurs at Mavericks||4:30 p.m.||TNT|
|Game 3: Heat at Bobcats||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Game 4: Thunder at Grizzlies||9:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sun, April 27||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV|
|Game 4: Bulls at Wizards||1 p.m.||ABC|
|Game 4: Clippers at Warriors||3:30 p.m.||ABC|
|Game 4: Raptors at Nets||7 p.m.||TNT|
|Game 4: Rockets at Trail Blazers||9:30 p.m.||TNT|
|Mon, April 28||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV|
|Game 4: Heat at Bobcats||7 p.m.||TNT|
|Game 5: Hawks at Pacers||8 p.m.||NBATV|
|Game 4: Spurs at Mavericks||9:30 p.m.||TNT|
|Tue, April 29||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV|
|Game 5: Grizzlies at Thunder||TBD||TBD|
|Game 5: Wizards at Bulls*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 5: Warriors at Clippers||10:30 p.m.||TNT|
|Wed, April 30||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV|
|Game 5: Mavericks at Spurs||TBD||TBD|
|Game 5: Bobcats at Heat*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 5: Nets at Raptors||TBD||TBD|
|Game 5: Trail Blazers at Rockets*||TBD||TBD|
|Thu, May 1||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV|
|Game 6: Pacers at Hawks*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 6: Thunder at Grizzlies*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 6: Clippers at Warriors*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 6: Bulls at Wizards*||TBD||TBD|
|Fri, May 2||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV|
|Game 6: Spurs at Mavericks*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 6: Heat at Bobcats*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 6: Raptors at Nets*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 6: Rockets at Trail Blazers*||TBD||TBD|
|Sat, May 3||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV|
|Game 7: Hawks at Pacers*||TBD||TNT|
|Game 7: Grizzlies at Thunder*||TBD||TNT|
|Game 7: Warriors at Clippers*||TBD||TNT|
|Game 7: Wizards at Bulls*||TBD||TNT|
|Sun, May 4||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV|
|Game 7: Mavericks at Spurs*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 7: Bobcats at Heat*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 7: Nets at Raptors*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 7: Trail Blazers at Rockets*||TBD||TBD|
*if necessary. Info via NBA.com
Pacers Look to Reclaim Home-Court Advantage in Atlanta, 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV
The No. 1 vs. No. 8 matchup in the Eastern Conference will shift to Atlanta on Thursday night, where the top-seeded Indiana Pacers will look to pick up a hard-fought road win and reclaim home-court advantage in the series after dropping Game 1.
According to OddsShark.com, the Pacers will be two-point favorites on the road in this game.
But despite an impressive second-half run in Game 2 that blew open the game and ultimately tied the series at one game apiece, not everyone is convinced the Pacers are poised for a deep postseason run, including CBS Sports' Jim Rome:
That beatdown the Pacers laid on the Hawks doesn't make them right. They still don't look anything like a one seed.— Jim Rome (@jimrome) April 23, 2014
Although the Pacers appear to have some of their swagger back after Tuesday's blowout win, keep in mind that Indiana went 21-20 on the road during the regular season.
Paul George and company will be favored in Game 3, but they'll need to bring the same defensive intensity they did in Game 2 in order to have a chance against a dangerous Hawks team that will execute even better at home.
Thunder, Grizzlies Battle for Series Edge in Memphis, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
The 2014 NBA playoffs mark the third time in four years that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies have met in the postseason, making it one of the top rivalries in today's game.
On Thursday night, the series shifts from Oklahoma City to Memphis, where the Thunder will attempt to avenge Monday's Game 2 overtime loss. But even though Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder will be slight favorites on the road, don't expect anything to come easy for the visitors, who have not only had trouble scoring on the Grizzlies, but also slowing them on the other end, as pointed out by ESPN NBA writer Brian Windhorst:
Grizzlies have 10 turnovers in 7 quarters in this series. That's remarkable against any team, against Thunder it's unbelievable.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) April 22, 2014
Memphis won 27 home games during the regular season and is a reigning Western Conference finalist. So don't let the No. 7 seed next to its name fool you.
Clippers and Warriors Renew Rivalry in Pivotal Game 3, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
The L.A. Clippers and Golden State Warriors don't share the playoff history that the Grizzlies and Thunder do, but the two Pacific Division rivals have become must-see television nonetheless.
And following a 40-point beatdown in Game 2, Golden State's Game 1 triumph seems like ancient history. Warriors head coach Mark Jackson swiftly summed up the dismal result, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com): "We were awful. They disrupted us with their intensity. That was a desperate basketball team we played against."
But the desperation will be on Golden State's side of the court on Thursday night as a loss at the Oracle would award home-court advantage right back to L.A. and put all of the pressure on the Warriors in Sunday's Game 4.
On the flip side, a Warriors win on Thursday would restore Golden State's confidence and create doubt in the Clippers' collective mind. Will it be Lob City with a 2-1 advantage or the Splash Brothers pulling the Warriors within two wins of the conference semifinals?
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