What 2 Watch 4: NBA and NHL Potential Clinching Games

Dwight Howard
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Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks
8:00 PM ET -- Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA -- (Magic lead series 3-0)

Tonight, Orlando will try to sweep its semifinals matchup with Atlanta. If the Magic win, they will become just the third team to sweep through the 1st Round and Conference Semifinals since the 1st Round expanded to best-of-7 for the 2003 playoffs. The other two teams to do it, the 2005 Heat and 2009 Cavaliers, lost in the Conference Finals. The Orlando Magic are the 13th team in NBA history to win their first seven postseason games. Of the previous 12, seven went on to win the NBA title. Also, the Magic are the 3rd team to lose in the NBA finals one year and win at least seven straight the following postseason. The previous two ('83 76ers and '89 Pistons) went on to win the title.

Game Preview: ORL vs ATL
Kobe Bryant
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Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz
10:30 PM ET -- Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT -- (Lakers lead series 3-0)

The Lakers have never swept the Jazz in a postseason series but they have a 3-0 lead in the Conference Semifinals. The Lakers are 20-0 all-time when holding a 3-0 lead in a best-of-7 playoff series and have never been taken to a Game 7. They've only been taken to a Game 6 twice, and 12 of the 20 times, they've finished the job in Game 4. Kobe Bryant has scored at least 30 points in all three games against the Jazz in their current series. Only three Lakers players scored 30 or more points in every game of a playoff series of at least three games: Elgin Baylor in all seven games of the 1962 NBA Finals against Boston, Jerry West in all six games of a 1965 series against Baltimore, and Shaquille O'Neal in both the 2000 NBA Finals (six games vs. Indiana) and the 2002 NBA Finals (four games vs. New Jersey).

Most Consecutive 30-Point Games on Road - With Chance to Clinch Playoff Series
Kobe Bryant-----6
Elgin Baylor-----6
Michael Jordan-----5
Oscar Robertson-----4

Game Preview: LAL vs. UTH

Sidney Crosby
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Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens
7:00 PM ET -- Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Penguins lead series 3-2)

A win would advance the Penguins to their 3rd straight Eastern Conference Final appearance. Since the advent of the Conference Final format in the 1982 Stanley Cup Playoffs, only two teams have made it to the Conference Finals in 3 consecutive years -- the 1990-92 Bruins (1-2 during that span) and the 1982-84 Islanders (3-0 during that span). Though they trail the Penguins 3-2 in the series, the Canadiens have certainly put the clamps on Sidney Crosby, holding the Pens captain without a goal through five games. The only other time Crosby was held without a goal in a playoff series was by the Rangers in five games, also in the conference semis, in 2008.

Game Preview: PIT vs. MTL

Marc Savard, Zdeno Chara, and Mark Recchi
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Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins
7:00 PM ET -- TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts (Bruins lead series 3-1)

The Bruins are 1 win away from reaching their first Conference Final appearance since 1992 when it was called the Wales Conference Final (lost to the Penguins - a team they could potentially face in the same round). This is the 6th time in their history in which the Flyers have been down 3-0 in a series. They were swept 4 times and forced a Game 5 once prior to this year -- that was in the 2008 Conference Finals against the Penguins. They have never forced a Game 6 or 7 in this situation.

Bruins When Leading Series 3-0, Postseason History
Won in 4-----12
Won in 5-----2
Won in 6-----1
Won in 7-----1
>>Does not include 2010 Conference Semis vs Flyers (lead 3-1)

Game Preview: PHI vs BOS