NBA DFS Playoff Preview for Friday 4/21/23
Hawks Battle Celtics in Must-Win Matchup
The Atlanta Hawks will host the Boston Celtics at State Farm Arena in a pivotal Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Friday. Down 0-2 in the series, the Hawks have their backs against the wall and will need a strong showing to avoid being swept out of the playoffs.
Despite a solid 24-17 home record during the regular season, the Hawks have struggled to keep pace with the Celtics, who boast an impressive 25-16 road record. In order to turn things around, Atlanta must improve on both ends of the court and get a big game from their star guard, Trae Young, who has struggled in the first two games of the series.
In Game 2, the Celtics were led by the impressive performances of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who combined for 47 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists. Derrick White also chipped in with 26 points, while Marcus Smart stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, six assists, five rebounds, and three steals.
Meanwhile, the Hawks saw Dejounte Murray lead the way with 29 points, six rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Trae Young contributed 24 points and six assists, but struggled with his shooting, going just 9-for-22 from the field. De’Andre Hunter added 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 18 points off the bench.
With the series on the line, the Hawks will need to bring their A-game if they hope to avoid a sweep. Fans can expect a hard-fought battle as both teams look to assert themselves in this must-win matchup. While the Celtics may be favored to win, the Hawks are sure to put up a fight in front of their home crowd. It all comes down to execution on the court, and we can expect both teams to leave it all on the floor in this critical Game 3.
Knicks Look to Protect Home Court Against Cavaliers
The New York Knicks will face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers in a crucial Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First-Round Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on Friday. With the series tied at 1-1, both teams will be looking to gain the upper hand in what promises to be a hard-fought battle.
The Knicks are in a good position after stealing Game 1 in Cleveland and have a chance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead if they can defend their home court, where they posted a 23-18 record during the regular season. Jalen Brunson has been the star of the series for the Knicks so far, averaging 23.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game. Julius Randle has also been solid, putting up 20.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals over the first two games. Meanwhile, Josh Hart has contributed 11.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 1.0 steal per game.
Despite their success in stealing Game 1, the Knicks have struggled offensively, averaging just 95.5 points per game while shooting 39.5% from the field in Games 1 and 2. They will need to find a way to generate more offense if they hope to secure a victory in Game 3.
On the other hand, the Cavaliers are looking to pull off a road win and regain control of the series. Donovan Mitchell has been their standout performer so far, averaging an impressive 27.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 10.5 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.0 block per game. Darius Garland also stepped up in Game 2, dropping 32 points, three rebounds, and seven assists to lead the Cavs to victory. Cleveland will need both players to continue their strong play if they hope to take down the Knicks on their home court.
With both teams fighting for a crucial win, fans can expect a thrilling matchup filled with intensity and drama. The Knicks will be looking to use their home-court advantage to gain the upper hand, while the Cavaliers will be determined to come away with a victory and seize control of the series. It’s sure to be an exciting clash between two talented teams.
Nuggets Look to Continue Dominance Against Timberwolves
The Denver Nuggets will face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves in a crucial Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal-round playoff series at Target Center on Friday night. With a 2-0 series lead, the Nuggets will look to continue their dominance and take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
Denver has looked impressive in the first two games, with Jamal Murray leading the way with a whopping 40 points in Game 2. Nikola Jokic has also been solid, averaging 27.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 9.0 assists over the first two games. Michael Porter Jr. has added 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while Aaron Gordon and Jeff Green have contributed in various ways.
While the Nuggets have been on cruise control for most of the series, the Timberwolves showed improvement in Game 2, with Anthony Edwards dropping an impressive 41 points. Rudy Gobert also chipped in with 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Mike Conley added 14 points and 7 assists.
Despite their improved performance, the Timberwolves will need to step up their game if they hope to claw their way back into the series. The Nuggets have been in control from the beginning and have won four of the previous six matchups between the teams this season.
With Jokic listed as probable for Friday’s game, the Nuggets will be looking to take another step towards advancing to the next round. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves will hope to get Gobert back in the lineup and continue to build on their improved performance in Game 2.
Fans can expect another exciting matchup between these two talented teams, with the Nuggets looking to continue their dominance and the Timberwolves looking to fight their way back into the series. It all comes down to execution on the court, and we can expect both teams to leave it all on the floor in this critical Game 3.
Friday’s NBA DFS Playoff Preview promises to deliver an action-packed evening filled with high stakes and intense matchups. With the playoffs heating up and teams fighting tooth and nail for a spot in the next round, fans can expect some truly thrilling basketball. From the Knicks battling the Cavaliers to the Nuggets looking to continue their dominance against the Timberwolves, each game has its own unique storyline and set of challenges for the teams involved.
As always, the outcome of each game will come down to execution on the court and the ability of each team to rise to the occasion. We can’t wait to see what unfolds on the hardwood and witness which players and teams will shine in the spotlight of playoff basketball.
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