NBA Playoffs Pre-Gamin': Celtics at Nets (6:00 CT), Raptors at 76ers (7:00 CT), Jazz at Mavericks (8:30 CT)

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NBA Playoffs Pre-Gamin’: Celtics at Nets (6:00 CT), Raptors at 76ers (7:00 CT), Jazz at Mavericks (8:30 CT)

Chicago Bulls

We’ve got a pair of potential elimination games tonight in the Eastern Conference with the Raptors and Nets both fighting for their playoff lives, before Luka and the Mavs take on the Jazz in Game 5 in Dallas.

Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets

Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals: Game 4

Despite reports last week that pegged Game 4 as a potential return date for Ben Simmons, that’s not happening. According to Shams Charania, with the Nets on the brink of an opening-round sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics, Simmons has been ruled out for Game 4.

Broadcast Info & Game/Series Details

Tip: 6:00 PM (CT)
TV: TNT
Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn
Series: BOS leads 3-0
Odds: BKN -1, O/U 220.5

Starting Lineups

Boston Celtics

1. Marcus Smart
2. Jaylen Brown
3. Jayson Tatum
4. Al Horford
5. Daniel Theis

Brooklyn Nets

1. Seth Curry
2. Kyrie Irving
3. Kevin Durant
4. Bruce Brown
5. Andre Drummond

Injury Report – BOS: Robert Williams III OUT (knee) BKN: Ben Simmons OUT (back), Joe Harris OUT (ankle)

Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers

Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals: Game 5

This weekend, Pascal Siakam went off for 34 points in Game 4 as the Raptors staved off elimination for at least one more game and avoided a first-round sweep to Philly. Still, the series is back in Philadelphia, and the Sixers are eight-point favorites over Toronto tonight. Will the Raptors season come to an end this evening?

Broadcast Info & Game/Series Details

Tip: 7:00 PM (CT)
TV: NBA TV
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Series: PHI leads 3-1
Odds: PHI -8, O/U 211

Starting Lineups

Toronto Raptors

1. Fred VanVleet
2. Gary Trent
3. OG Anunoby
4. Pascal Siakam
5. Precious Achiuwa

Philadelphia 76ers

1. Tyrese Maxey
2. James Harden
3. Danny Green
4. Tobias Harris
5. Joel Embiid

Injury Report – TOR: Scottie Barnes DTD (foot) PHI: Charles Bassey OUT (shoulder)

Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks

Western Conference Quarter-Finals: Game 5

Luka Dončić was dominant in his return on Saturday night, scoring 30 points and adding 10 rebounds and four assists for the Mavs in his first appearance in their series with the Jazz. Still, it wasn’t enough as Utah eeked out a 100-99 victory over Dallas. Jalen Brunson also turned in a strong performance for the Mavs adding 23 points, five rebounds, and three assists.

Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points and logged seven assists, none more significant than this one to Rudy Gobert to put Utah ahead with seconds to play in their series-tying victory over the Mavericks on Saturday night. Rudy Gobert scored 17 points and added 15 rebounds in the win.

Broadcast Info & Game/Series Details

Tip: 8:30 PM (CT)
TV: TNT
Location: American Airlines Arena, Dallas
Series: TIED 2-2
Odds: DAL -3, O/U 212.5

Starting Lineups

Utah Jazz

1. Mike Conley
2. Donovan Mitchell
3. Bojan Bogdanovic
4. Royce O’Neale
5. Rudy Gobert

Dallas Mavericks

1. Luka Dončić
2. Jalen Brunson
3. Reggie Bullock
4. Dorian Finney-Smith
5. Dwight Powell

Injury Report – UTA: Trent Forrest OUT (foot), Udoka Azubuike OUT (ankle), DAL: Luka Dončić DTD (calf), Frank Ntilikina OUT (tonsillectomy), Tim Hardaway OUT (foot)



Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.