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Chicago Bulls (41-41) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (61-21) - Game 2
8:00 PM ET, April 19, 2010 -- Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
The Bulls haven't lost a playoff series to the Cavs yet, going 5-0. The series has included fantastic moments such as Michael Jordan’s ‘The Shot’ and ‘The Shot: Part 2.’ The Cavaliers are playing the Bulls, who won 6 titles with Michael Jordan. And, Jordan’s first title came in 1990-91, his 7th season. LeBron James is currently in his 7th NBA season. LeBron has warned the Bulls that it will be a “different monster they’re going to be playing against”. The usual monster may be scary enough for Chicago. James has a career average of 29.2 PPG against the Bulls in the regular season, the highest for any player in NBA history (minimum: 20 games played). Cleveland fans are expected to continue showing their displeasure for the Bulls Joakim Noah, who really doesn't seem to care.
Game Preview: Bulls vs Cavaliers
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Utah Jazz (53-29) vs Denver Nuggets (53-29) -- Game 2
10:30 PM ET, April 19, 2010 -- Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
In Game 1, Carmelo Anthony led the way with a playoff career-high 42 points, tying the Nuggets franchise record for points in an NBA playoff game. The Nuggets outscored the Jazz 38-27 in 4th quarter with J.R. Smith scoring 18 of his 20 points in the 4th. Last year, the Nuggets made it to the Western Conference Finals after losing in the First Round in the previous five seasons. They won two postseason series last season, after winning just one in the previous 20 postseasons combined. Denver is 4-1 vs Utah this season.
Game Preview: Jazz vs Nuggets
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Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins -- Game 3
7:00 PM ET, April 19, 2010 -- TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
The series shifts to Boston, where the Bruins were 18-17-6 in the regular season. The Sabres lost Game 2, 5-3, after leading, 3-2 entering the 3rd period. The Sabres were 30-0-0 during the regular season when leading after two periods. Now they may be without Thomas Vanek due to a lower-body injury. Vanek led the team in goals during the regular season and is Buffalo’s only player with multiple points in the series. The Bruins have held the Sabres to 0-9 on the power play in the first two games of the series. Zdeno Chara had two goals in the Game 2 win for Boston, the first Bruins defenseman to have two goals in a game since Dan McGillis in 2003. The Bruins are hoping to have F Marc Savard back soon following his concussion, but they'll have to win this series first.
Game Preview: Sabres vs Bruins
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Washington Capitals vs Montreal Canadiens -- Game 3
7:00 PM ET, April 19, 2010 -- Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The Capitals will look to take a 2-1 series lead after their comeback win on Saturday. Washington pulled even in Game 2 behind a hat-trick from Nicklas Backstrom, with the 3rd goal coming 31 seconds in overtime. Montreal’s Andrei Kostitsyn also had a hat-trick, marking just the 5th time in NHL history that opposing players have had hat-tricks in the same playoff game. Alex Ovechkin, who didn’t attempt a shot on goal in Washington’s Game 1 loss, had a goal and three assists in the Game 2 win. The Canadiens have held Washington scoreless on seven power play opportunities in the series, after the Capitals led the NHL in power-play goals during the regular season. The Canadiens have lost 9 of their last 10 postseason games, but are 9-2 all-time in series in which they win Game 1 on the road.
Game Preview: Capitals vs Canadiens
Note: The Elias Sports Bureau and ESPN Stats and Information group contributed to this report.
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