NBA Gets Two First Round Game Sevens
While several teams in the NBA Playoffs destroyed their opponents in the first round, two series have officially gone the distance, with deciding game sevens upcoming. In the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers will play for the right to move into the second round in a deciding game, as will the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets. The question now is whether or not these games will deliver the entertainment expected from a seventh game.
Low Scoring Affairs
Both of these series have featured low scoring games, but not necessarily in a positive way. While games that feature low scores have the potential to showcase great defenses, some of the games in both of these series have seen a lot of bad offense. The Miami Heat alone have missed enough wide open jump shots to make their series with the Hornets competitive, but watching missed jump shots won't necessarily be compelling television.
Meanwhile, the Pacers and Raptors have taken turns going on unbelievable cold streaks in their series, with the Pacers scoring nine points in a quarter in the fifth game of the series. That's terrible basketball, and has given the Raptors a chance to close out the series at home by simply being less bad than their opponent at an important time. The NBA Playoffs should be about being the better team, not being the least bad team, but here we are.
High Drama Affairs
With all of the negatives associated with these two series, though, odds are that we will get two very exciting game sevens. Teams tend to play more cautiously in game sevens, which results in a slower, more dramatic pace to the game, which will make every possession feel like the most important thing in the world at the time, as anyone who has enjoyed live betting in a game seven can tell you.
Also, there are legitimate stars on every team in these two games, with Toronto's Kyle Lowry and Indiana's Paul George capable of making great things happen in their game. In the other contest, Charlotte's Kemba Walker is having a breakout postseason, while Miami's Dwyane Wade is out to prove that he's still got it.
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