The second round of the 2014 playoffs continues to roll along on Wednesday with two high-octane games set to take place.
League MVP Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will look to draw even with the Los Angeles Clippers while the Indiana Pacers attempt to right the ship against the surging Washington Wizards.
Both the Thunder and Pacers are down 1-0 in their respective series' and have one last home game on Wednesday to draw even before having to play on the road.
Needless to say, the importance of these games to the home teams is immense.
Let's take a look at the current odds for each game and predict how both could potentially shake out.
Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards
Series: Washington leads 1-0
When: Wednesday, May 7
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Odds: Pacers -4.5 (via OddsShark.com)
Game 1 simply didn't go as planned for the Pacers. Although the team received some decent production from Paul George and George Hill, accuracy was a major issue, and the dismal play of Roy Hibbert added to the team's struggles.
The Wizards' depth and athleticism was well on display, as six different players recorded double-digit points, led by Bradley Beal with a game-high 25 points. Marcin Gortat was stellar down low, pulling in 15 boards, as Washington out-rebounded Indiana 53-36.
During a post-game press conference with the Associated Press, via ESPN.com, Beal spoke of his performance and his team's outlook going forward:
The way I think about it, I'm 20 years old, I'm playing in the playoffs, something I've always dreamed of. Why not embrace it?. Why not accept the challenge and have fun with it? That's all I'm doing—having fun.
We won one game here in Indiana, but we still have to get three more. We have to be more desperate each and every game.
Washington's deep roster and athleticism has appeared to be too much to handle for the struggling Pacers. Indiana needs to step up in a big way to win Game 2, but at this point, that seems unlikely.
Wizards 108, Pacers 96
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Series: Los Angeles leads 1-0
When: Wednesday, May 7
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Odds: Thunder -5.5 (via OddsShark.com)
Just how good was Chris Paul in Game 1 of this series? Racking up a game-high 32 points and adding 10 assists, Paul led the Clippers to a 122-105 rout of the Thunder on Monday.
Paul was surrounded by a great supporting cast. Blake Griffin was great in the paint once again, accumulating 23 points, and Jamal Crawford compiled 17 of his own off the bench.
Game 1 didn't go swimmingly for the Thunder. Although Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 54 points, they simply didn't get much help. Aside from Serge Ibaka's 12 points, no other player recorded double-digit points.
That wasn't the team's biggest problem. With 17 turnovers, the Thunder gave way too many scoring opportunities to the Clippers. That must change if Oklahoma City is to even the series.
Things could shift in a big way in Game 2. If the Thunder continue to dominate the boards—they out-rebounded the Clippers 47-31 in Game 1—and cut down on the turnovers, they have the firepower necessary to get the home win. That's exactly what will happen.
Thunder 112, Clippers 106
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