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NBA Playoffs open thread (April 27th)

Two series could be wrapped up among the three games on tap tonight.

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When: 7 p.m.

Where: NBA TV

Atlanta leads 2-1


When: 8 p.m.

Where: TNT

Chicago leads 3-1


When: 10:30 p.m.

Where: TNT

Memphis leads 3-0

First up tonight, the Brooklyn Nets look to even the series at home against the Atlanta Hawks. Most of the first round playoff series have seen the higher seeds jump out to 3-0 series leads, but Brooklyn kept their dreams of an upset open by winning game three. It's been a defensive minded series, with neither team scoring 100 points in any of the first three games. Another good start from Brooklyn in Game 4 (they lead 31-16 after the first quarter in Game 3) will be key for the Nets if they want to level the series.

Up in the Windy City, the Chicago Bulls will look to advance to the second round against the Milwaukee Bucks, who forced a Game 5 after Jerryd  Bayless scored the game winning basket in Game 3. Milwaukee played better in both Games 3 and 4, but it is highly unlikely they have what it takes to come back from three games down (sorry Bucks fans).

Up in the land of Portlandia, the Portland Trailblazers will look to avoid a series sweep against the Memphis Grizzles, which, unfortunately, is highly unlikely given the Grizzles' dominance in the series thus far. Portland has really missed Wes Matthews, who tore his achilles late in the season. On the other hand, Mike Conley will miss tonight's game, which leaves the door slightly open for Portland to steal a game. If you're up for a late night, this one will be worth watching, even if series is all but over.