It's not often one can say history is firmly on the side of the Los Angeles Clippers. But get this: the math favors one of the NBA's most star-crossed franchises, thanks to its 2-0 lead over the Grizzlies entering Thursday night's Game 3 in Memphis. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since the first round went to a best-of-seven format in 2003, 27.7 percent of teams with a 2-0 series lead have swept the series, while 33.7 percent have won in five games.
The odds are much longer for the Grizzlies and Bucks, who trail the Heat 2-0 and host Miami for Game 3 on Thursday. According to Elias, only 6 percent of teams taking a 2-0 series lead have lost the series in six games, while a mere 2.4 percent -- that's 2 out of 83 -- have lost in seven. That's not good news for Brandon Jennings' "Bucks in six" prediction.
Heat vs. Bucks
Larry Sanders said to LeBron James, "We're here." The question is, for how long?
Nets vs. Bulls
Joakim Noah and Joe Johnson are battling injuries heading into Game 3. Not an ideal situation for the Bulls' energizer to be hobbled with a bad foot, and the Nets' second-leading scorer to be a game-time decision with the series tied up.
Clippers vs. Grizzlies
Last year's Clippers-Grizzlies first-round playoff series went seven games, with Los Angeles being the victors. Will it be deja vu for Memphis?