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The first round of the playoffs has been intriguing with the Rockets pinching a thriller from the Golden State Warriors, who were expected to sweep the series. The Cavaliers easily progressed through to round two by clinching their best of seven series against Detroit 4-0.

The big talking point right now is about injuries … and not just the great Steph Curry’s two week knee injury he sustained after slipping on some sweat against Houston. The LA Clippers are in disarray since learning Chris Paul will miss four to six weeks with a fractured hand, while Blake Griffin’s season is over after aggravating his quad injury.

Those blows for LA come at a crucial stage as well. Their series with Portland is tied at a game apiece and punters have left them high and dry, backing the Trailblazers to end the Clippers’ season.

The San Antonio Spurs have booked themselves a date with Oklahoma City after sweeping the Grizzlies 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs. The Thunder was forced to play an extra game against the Dallas Mavericks but did win their way through to round two with a 4-1 series win.

The Atlanta Hawks require just one more win over the Celtics to book their second round date, but they may do it tough with Boston holding the home court advantage in game six.



ROCKETS at WARRIORS

Thursday, April 28, 12:30pm (AEST) @ ORACLE Arena, California

  • Golden State is leading the series 3-1, and therefore require just one more win (albeit without the dynamic Curry) to seal the series against Houston.
  • In the four playoff matches played so far, the over/under between the Warriors and Rockets is 1/3.
  • Two of Golden State’s three wins over Houston have been by 26+ points. Their other victory was a 115-106 home victory, while their away loss was by just one point.
  • For the Warriors, Klay Thompson is their leading scorer this series with 22.5 points per game. Draymond Green averages the most rebounds and assists with 9.8 and 6.3 respectively.
  • For Houston, James Harden is their leader in terms of points and assists with 24.5 and 8.0 respectively. Dwight Howard is the Rockets’ rebound leader, averaging 12.3 per game.

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THUNDER at SPURS

Saturday, April 30, 12:30pm (AEST) @ AT&T Center, San Antonio

  • The Thunder is ahead of the NBA average in terms of points per game (110-102), assists per game (23-22), rebounds per game (48-43) and free throws made (78.2% -75.7%).
  • In their series against the Mavs, their leading point scorers were Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, who both averaged 26 points per game, Westbrook also averaged the most assists per game with 11.2, while Steven Adams averaged the most boards with 7.6.
  • Oklahoma City ranks 1st in points per playoff game, 5th in asssits and 3rd in rebounds and opposition points per game.
  • The over/under in the Thunder’s playoffs matches was 3/2 and in the Spurs’ four matches it was 1/3.
  • The Spurs are ahead of the NBA average of points (104-102), assists (25-22), rebounds (43.9-43.8) made three-pointers (37.5%-35.4%) and free throws made (80.3%-75.7%).
  • In their series against the Grizzlies, Kawhi Leonard averaged the most points with 22, LaMarcus Aldridge had the most rebounds with 8 and Tony Parker averaged the most assists with 4.8 per game.
  • The Spurs rank 4th in playoff points per game, 4th for assists per game, 10th for rebounds per game and 1st in opposition points per game.

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