What 2 Watch 4: A Trio of Game 2s and the NBA Lottery

Rondo Scores Against Orlando

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Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic

8:30 PM ET on ESPN -- Amway Arena, Orlando, FL (Celtics lead series 1-0)

It's been a while since the last time the Magic lost back-to-back home games. The last time it happened was against Lakers in the NBA Finals on June 11 and 14, 2009 (Games 4 and 5). The Magic didn’t lose back-to-back home games during the 2009-10 regular season and have not lost back-to-back games overall since January 15th and 18th. In NBA history, the team that wins the first game of a best-of-seven series wins that series 78.5% of the time. In the Conference Finals, the winner of Game 1 of best-of-seven series wins that series 80.2% of the time. The Celtics have won four straight postseason games overall and three straight on the road. Celtics are 9-0 this postseason when holding their opponents to fewer than 100 points. Boston is 63-9 all-time when winning Game 1 (49-5 in best-of-7 series). The Magic are 1-10 all-time in postseason series when losing game 1 (1-5 in best-of-7 series).

Game Preview: BOS vs. ORL

Braydon Coburn's scores on Jaroslav Halak

Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers

7:00 PM ET -- Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Flyers lead series 1-0)

The 6-0 beat-down the Flyers gave the Canadiens was the 2nd largest shutout win in Game 1 of the NHL’s Conference Finals. Philadelphia has won five straight after losing the first three games of the Conference Semifinals. That ties the longest win streak of a team following a 3-game losing streak in one postseason in NHL history (1994 Canucks). After trailing 3-0 in Game 7 of the Conference Finals, the Flyers have scored 10 unanswered goals. The last team to score 10+ unanswered goals in the playoffs was last year's Red Wings. Something about the state of Pennsylvania in series openers shakes Jaroslav Halak. He was pulled in Game 1 of the Conference Semifinals series against the Penguins and then was yanked in Game 1 against the Flyers in the Conference Finals on Sunday. Halak bounced back strong after being pulled both times, winning the next game each time.

Game Preview: MTL vs. PHI

Jonathan Toews vs. Joe Thorton

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Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks

10:00 PM ET -- HP Pavilion, San Jose, California (Blackhawks lead series 1-0)

The Blackhawks had lost four straight series openers dating to last season before seizing the home-ice advantage by winning 2-1 in Game 1 at the Shark Tank on Sunday. They came back to win three of those series, only losing last year's conference final against Detroit. The Blackhawkswill be looking to tie a single postseason record with a 7th straight road victory. History says that their chances of taking home the Stanley Cup are increased dramatically if they get the streak to 7 in a row. 4 previous teams have won 7 consecutive road postseason games in a single postseason and 3 of them went on to win the Stanley Cup (’80 & ’82 NYI, ’95 NJ). Antti Niemi stopped 44 shots in the series opener. That was the 2nd time this postseason a goalie has stopped at least 44 shots against the Sharks. Craig Anderson stopped 51 shots in Game 1 of the 1st round series. San Jose then bounced back to win 7 of their next 8 games. The Sharks will be looking to buck a disappointing trend and give their fans something to cheer about for a change. They have never won a Conference Finals home game.

Sharks All-Time Home Games in Conference Finals

2010 Game 2--------vs Blackhawks-----?

2010 Game 1--------vs Blackhawks----Lost

2004 Game 5--------vs Flames--------Lost

2004 Game 2--------vs Flames--------Lost

2004 Game 1--------vs Flames--------Lost

Game Preview: CHI vs. SJ

John Wall

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Kentucky PG John Wall is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft

NBA Draft Lottery

8pm ET on ESPN

The 26th NBA Lottery is being held tonight at 8pm ET on ESPN. The New Jersey Nets hold the best odds of winning the lottery at 25%, and the Timberwolves and Kings the 2nd and 3rd best odds respectively. However, only four times has the team with the best chance actually won the lottery: Clippers in 1988 (Danny Manning), Nets in 1990 (Derrick Coleman), Cavaliers in 2003 (LeBron James), and Magic in 2004 (Dwight Howard). Since the lottery began every team in the NBA has had a lottery pick at least once. The Spurs hold the record for most consecutive seasons without a lottery pick. They last held a spot in the lottery in 1997 when they used the No. 1 overall pick to select Tim Duncan. Despite another losing season, the Knicks don't have a 1st round pick after trading it away in 2004 as part of the Stephon Marbury deal. Utah will select in their spot.

Team Percentages to Win the NBA Lottery














Rockets 0.5