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Little Mystery Thus Far in NBA Prelims

April 25, 2013

Six of the eight NBA Preliminary series stand at two games to none in favor of the higher ranked team which played each of the first two games at home.

Three of the four series in each conference are (2-0). In the better Western Conference, the top ranked Oklahoma City Thunder, second seed, San Antonio Spurs and fourth seed, Los Angeles Clippers all have (2-0) leads vs the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies respectively. In the only (1-1) series, the Golden State Warriors, after nearly winning Game 1, upset the Denver Nuggets in game 2 at Denver.

In the Eastern Conference, the top three seeds, the defending champion and overall top seed, Miami Heat, the second seed New York Knicks and third seed Indiana Pacers all have (2-0) series leads vs the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, and Atlanta Hawks respectively. After being routed in game 1, the Chicago Bulls evened their series with the Brooklyn Nets by winning game two.

Thus the six teams leading (2-0) are huge favorites to advance while the Denver Nuggets, despite losing the home court advantage are still two and a half to one favorites to advance the quarterfinals. The Bulls vs Nets series is considered virtually even with Chicago just a six to five favorite.

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