NBA Playoffs Bracket 2014: Full Schedule and Predictions for Sunday's Games

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NBA Playoffs Bracket 2014: Full Schedule and Predictions for Sunday's Games
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Six of the eight teams comprising Round 2 of the 2014 NBA playoffs have already been determined.

While the Miami Heat, Washington Wizards and Portland Trail Blazers moved on with relative ease, the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers had to survive crucial Game 7s.

Now, only two Round 1 games remain.

The San Antonio Spurs will face the Dallas Mavericks, and the Toronto Raptors will square off against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday to determine the final two teams to move on to the next round.

Both of these series have been extremely intense to this point. Sunday's action figures to intensify even further.

These two games should not be missed.

Let's take a look at the full schedule for each game and determine which teams have what it takes to continue moving toward a coveted NBA championship.

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets

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When: Sunday, May 4

Where: Toronto

Time: 1 p.m. ET

Channel: ABC

Prediction

This series has been all over the place.

Throughout six games, neither team has really been able to establish any kind of momentum. Sure, we've seen some close games, but a few blowout victories have been sprinkled in here as well.

Will we see another shootout, or will we see a defensive struggle? Each game in this series seems to take on a different tone and pace.

The Nets are a streaky team and rather difficult to predict. Joe Johnson continues to be Brooklyn's strongest cog; however, he will need some help to defeat a Raptors team that is very good when playing at home.

Johnson put up an impressive 32 points in Game 5 in Toronto, but the Nets also allowed Kyle Lowry to accumulate a game-high 36 points in the team's 115-113 loss.

During Game 6 in Brooklyn, the Nets only afforded Lowry 11 points in more of a defensive struggle, winning 97-83 on the strong performance of Deron Williams.

Game 7 could really go either way here.

The determining factor here will be home-court advantage. Each of these teams will be looking for the competitive edge on Sunday, and it will be the Raptors who get it.

Toronto is 48-34 on its home court this season, while Brooklyn is 16-25 away. Expect a close contest but an eventual Raptors victory.

Raptors 101, Nets 98

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks

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When: Sunday, May 4

Where: San Antonio

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Channel: ABC

Prediction

After watching this series through six games, it almost comes as no surprise that the Mavericks pushed the Spurs to seven games.

Dallas has flourished from behind the arc and is looking stout on defense, while San Antonio has very little answer for Monta Ellis.

Simply put, the Mavericks are highly athletic—something that appears to be the Achilles' heel of the Spurs.

Ellis put up a game-high 29 points against the aging Spurs in Game 6 of this series. His recent production, combined with the steadfast play of Dirk Nowitzki, gives this team the ability to make buckets from all over the court.

San Antonio does have a very well-rounded team.

Despite losing 113-111 in Game 6, all five of the team's starters recorded double-digit points and connected on 53.3 percent of their shots from the field.

These teams continue to be evenly matched, and it will be the little things that influence Game 7's outcome.

San Antonio has been a far superior team from the foul line, and that will be the difference-maker in a game where every single point counts in a big way. Dallas only connected on 15 of 24 attempts from the foul line in Game 6, and that lack of production will haunt it going forward.

Spurs 105, Mavericks 101

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