Kevin Durant and Steph Curry in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals
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NBA on Sling: Cavs Await Winner of Celtics-Wizards Game 7; Spurs Lost More Than Game 1 Against Warriors

Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics, series tied 3-3

This may be the best series of the postseason thus far, featuring epic performances, overtime, blowouts, lots of bad blood, and some last-minute officiating that tipped the scales in Game 6. But now it all comes down to Game 7 Monday in Boston. Including the playoffs, the Celtics and Wizards have played ten games this season, with the home team winning every time, which doesn’t bode well for the Wiz. Worse still for Washington according to ESPN’s in-house computer, the Basketball Power Index, FiveThirtyEight, and a fan poll, the C’s have a 63.5% chance of finishing off the Wiz. These teams are so evenly matched, and everyone is healthy, so in the absence of some other factor, what choice is there but to favor the home team? Celtics in 7

Washington Wizards/Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Whoever wins Game 7 between the Celtics and Wizards will have about 48 hours to recover from the dogged battle, and confront a new enemy, the well-rested Cleveland Cavaliers, who apparently spent the last few months of the season in rope-a-dope mode, saving their strength for the playoffs. The Cavs have won their last 11 playoff games, going back to Game 5 of last year’s Finals, and show no signs of slowing down. The three-match between the Cavs and Warriors that we so longed for once seemed doomed, but now it seems inevitable. Regardless of who wins Game 7 between the Celtics and Wizards, they’ll represent little more than a speed bump for the Cavs. Cavs in 5

San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State Warriors, Warriors lead 1-0

The Spurs overcame injuries to Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker to finish off the Rockets, riding a heroic Game 6 effort by LaMarcus Aldridge (34-12, 16-of-26 shooting) and move on the Western Conference finals against the heavily favored Warriors. With Leonard back in the saddle, the Spurs built a 25-point lead in Game 1, before Leonard landed on Zaza Pachulia’s foot, re-spraining the ankle that caused him to miss the final game against the Rockets, leaving both himself and the Spurs hopes for an upset in a heap on the floor. The Warriors went on a 46-22 run, taking the lead 101-100 with 4:09 to play, en route to a 113-111 victory. Leonard is listed as day-to-day, but even if he suits up for Game 2 on Tuesday, it’s clear he’s not 100%, making the Spurs’ hopes almost impossibly dim. Warriors in 5

Monday on TNT

Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics @ 8pm

Tuesday on ESPN

San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State Warriors @ 9pm

Wednesday on TNT

Washington Wizards/Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers @ 8:30pm

Friday on TNT

Washington Wizards/Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers @ 8:30pm

Saturday on ESPN

Golden State Warriors vs San Antonio Spurs @ 9pm

Sunday on TNT

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards/Boston Celtics @ 8:30pm

 

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All stats courtesy ESPN and Basketball Reference