NBA Playoff Schedule 2014: Monday's TV Info and Bracket Picks

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NBA Playoff Schedule 2014: Monday's TV Info and Bracket Picks
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It's been a wild ride so far.

The 2014 NBA playoffs have been chock full of thrilling, down-to-the-wire finishes, Game 7s and a couple of upset victories.

Only the Miami Heat got out of the first round without suffering a loss—a feat that should not be expected to be duplicated by any team going forward.

Monday kicks off the second round of playoff action, as the Oklahoma City Thunder face the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Indiana Pacers take on the Washington Wizards.

As the postseason intensifies, so should your need to watch every moment of the action.

Let's take a look at the full viewing information for Monday's matchups and predict the outcomes of each crucial Game 1.

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards

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When: Monday, May 5

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana

Time: 7 p.m. ET

Channel: TNT

 

Prediction

It's no secret the Pacers haven't exactly looked like a top-seeded team lately. However, Indiana rallied in Game 7 against the Atlanta Hawks to come away with a decisive victory.

Paul George was absolutely electric, recording a double-double with 30 points and 11 rebounds. The Pacers were dominant on the boards, out-rebounding the Hawks 55-38.

They remained stout defensively as well, allowing Atlanta to shoot just 30.4 percent from the field.

The Wizards put together a very impressive series against the Bulls.

Led by John Wall, this well-rounded team was far too much to handle for Joakim Noah and Co.

John Wall has been extremely fun to watch. He continues to dominate down low, and that was on display in the team's Game 5 victory against the Bulls, as Wall put up a game-high 24 points and added seven rebounds and four assists.

The Wizards have also displayed some strong defense, out-rebounding the Bulls 49-43 and holding Chicago to just 33.3 percent shooting from the field.

After the game, Bradley Beal spoke of his team's growth during a press conference with the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:

"It just shows our continued growth. We played great basketball in this series and we can only continue to get better and better."

The Wizards have been extremely consistent; however, one question must be addressed: Which Indiana Pacers team will show up on Monday?

Washington has looked good on the road recently, and if the Pacers aren't in top form, they'll struggle early against such a deep team.

Wizards 93, Pacers 86

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers

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When: Monday, May 5

Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Time: 9:30 p.m. ET

Channel: TNT

 

Prediction

The Clippers were given everything they could handle against the Stephen Curry-led Golden State Warriors in Round 1.

Los Angeles survived Game 7 on its depth. With six different players—including all five starters—scoring double-digit points, this team proved to be extremely well rounded.

Chris Paul's versatility, DeAndre Jordan's dominance in the paint and Blake Griffin's strength make this team very scary moving forward. The Clippers may not be extremely sound on the defensive end of the court, but they sure can light up the scoreboard.

The same can be said of the Thunder.

Kevin Durant racked up 33 points in Game 7 to defeat a hobbled Memphis Grizzlies team; however, it was the play of Russell Westbrook that stood out above the rest.

Westbrook has seemed to find his groove lately, posting a triple-double against the Grizzlies, scoring 27 points while adding 10 rebounds and 16 assists.

We all know what Durant can do in any given game. Although, if Westbrook can keep up this kind of production, this team will be extremely difficult to beat going forward.

Expect a high-octane shootout on Monday between these two powerhouses. This game could absolutely come down to which team rattles off the last shot. In that situation, it's incredibly difficult to bet against Durant.

Thunder 110, Clippers 108

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