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NBA Playoffs April 25 open thread

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Four games on the schedule tonight, and the Bulls and Warriors could close out their series and advance to the second round.

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Take your mind off that Game 3 debacle by watching some other series today. Four games going on, an Eastern Conference double header on TNT that has already started followed by a Western Conference double header on ESPN.

Atlanta Hawks at Brooklyn Nets, 12:00 PM, TNT -- Hawks lead series 2-0

The Hawks won 60 games, but you wouldn't really know it from their lackluster playoff performance so far. Sure, they're up 2-0 -- but don't forget that the Nets won just 38 games in the regular season. Atlanta will win this series, but they could be in trouble against teams like the Wizards and Cavs and Bulls who have actually looked pretty good.

Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks, 2:30 PM, TNT -- Bulls lead series 3-0

The Bulls will hope to become the first team into the second round as they try to sweep the Bucks today. The Bulls roster is just a whole lot better than that of the Bucks, which is why they're up 3-0 in the series. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit and the Bucks are not going to be the first to do so, but they'd certainly like to preserve some pride and avoid the sweep.

Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans, 5:00 PM, ESPN -- Warriors lead series 3-0

There are two ways to look at the Dubs-Pels series so far: (a) the Warriors are more vulnerable than we thought as the 8 seed Pelicans have been in all three games so far and should have won at least one of them or (b) the Warriors are a team of destiny that will find a way to win no matter what. After that 20 point comeback on Thursday, I honestly don't know which is true. I'm pretty sure this series ends today -- New Orleans has to be completely demoralized at this point.

Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers, 7:30 PM, ESPN -- Grizzlies lead series 2-0

This has been the least competitive series so far, with the Grizzlies wins by 14 and 15 in the first two games. Can the Blazers mount some resistance now that the series is shifting to the Northwest, or are they simply too beat up (or possibly just not that good to begin with)? They should get Arron Afflalo back tonight, for what it's worth.