NBA Playoffs Pre-Gamin': Hawks at Heat (6:00 CT), T-Wolves at Grizzlies (6:30 CT), Pelicans at Suns (9:00 CT)

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NBA Playoffs Pre-Gamin’: Hawks at Heat (6:00 CT), T-Wolves at Grizzlies (6:30 CT), Pelicans at Suns (9:00 CT)

Chicago Bulls

The most interesting (surprising?) series of the opening round are back in action tonight, with the Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Suns, and Pelicans all jockeying for control of their series. Meanwhile, the Jimmy Butler-less Miami Heat will attempt to finish off the Atlanta Hawks tonight in South Beach.

Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat

Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals: Game 5

This afternoon, the Miami Heat announced that Jimmy Butler (right knee inflammation) would miss tonight’s game with the Atlanta Hawks.

Miami dominated Atlanta in Game 4, and now they’re just one win away from eliminating Trae Young and the Hawks, and they have the opportunity to do so tonight at home. Trae Young and the Atlanta offense have struggled to get cooking against Miami’s elite defense, but the Heat have had no such problem.

Broadcast Info & Game/Series Details

Tip: 6:00 PM (CT)
Location: FTX Arena, Miami
Series: MIA leads 3-1
Odds: MIA -7, O/U 217

Starting Lineups

Atlanta Hawks

1. Kevin Huerter
2. Trae Young
3. De’Andre Hunter
4. Danilo Gallinari
5. Onyeka Okungwu

Miami Heat

1. Gabe Vincent
2. Max Strus
3. ?
4. P.J. Tucker
5. Bam Adebayo

Injury Report – ATL: Bogdan Bogdanovic DTD (ankle), Clint Capela OUT (knee), Lou Williams OUT (back) MIA: Caleb Martin DTD (ankle), Gabe Vincent DTD (toe), P.J. Tucker DTD (calf), Kyle Lowry OUT (hamstring)

Minnesota Timberwolves at Memphis Grizzlies

Western Conference Quarter-Finals: Game 5

The Memphis Grizzlies won 56 games this season. The Minnesota Timberwolves barely squeaked into the playoffs through the play-in tournament. Somehow, these two polar opposites have combined to give us one of the most entertaining NBA playoffs’ opening-round series.

Broadcast Info & Game/Series Details

Tip: 6:30 PM (CT)
Location: FedEx Forum, Memphis
Series: Tied 2-2
Odds: MEM -6, O/U 231.5

Starting Lineups

Minnesota Timberwolves

1. Patrick Beverley
2. D’Angelo Russell
3. Anthony Edwards
4. Jarred Vanderbilt
5. Karl-Anthony Towns

Memphis Grizzlies

1. Ja Morant
2. Desmond Bane
3. Dillon Brooks
4. Jaren Jackson
5. Steven Adams

Injury Report – MIN: NONE, MEM: Santi Aldama DTD (knee), Killian Tillie OUT (knee)

New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns

Western Conference Quarter-Finals: Game 5

Somehow, like the Timberwolves and Grizzlies series, one of the Western Conference’s juggernauts has been given a run for their money by a play-in team in the opening round. Phoenix won 64 games during the regular season, but they haven’t had an answer for Brandon Ingram and the pesky Pelicans. Even without Devin Booker in the lineup, the Suns will look to take advantage of being on their home court and take control of this series with New Orleans tonight.

Broadcast Info & Game/Series Details

Tip: 9:00 PM (CT)
Location: Footprint Center, Phoenix
Series: Tied 2-2
Odds: PHX -6.5, O/U 215

Starting Lineups

New Orleans Pelicans

1. CJ McCollum
2. Brandon Ingram
3. Herbert Jones
4. Jaxson Hayes
5. Jonas Valenciunas

Phoenix Suns

1. Chris Paul
2. Cameron Johnson
3. Mikal Bridges
4. Jae Crowder
5. Deandre Ayton

Injury Report – NOP: Zion Williamson OUT (foot), Kira Lewis Jr. OUT (knee), PHX: Dario Saric OUT (knee), Devin Booker OUT (hamstring)

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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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