Playoffs Fantasy Basketball Eastern Conference Round 2 Preview
Playoffs Fantasy Basketball
Eastern Conference Round 2 Preview
On to round two of playoffs fantasy basketball. The seeding order got respected with the top four team moving on. After dismantling the Pistons in four game, the Cleveland Cavaliers have had enough rest (8 days) to take on the Atlanta Hawks. The other series sets up the north versus the south. The Toronto Raptors will go against the Miami Heat. Both team were pushed to the brink of a game 7 during round one. The Eastern conference round 2 will begin May 2nd with the Hawks flying in to Cleveland for Game 1. The Heat will be in Toronto the following day to start their series as well. Join FanPicks to play the NBA playoffs.
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For the Atlanta Hawks, facing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers is starting to look less like a matchup than a recurring nightmare.
The Hawks got swept by Cleveland this season, dropping the three meetings by an average of almost 10 points (109.3 to 99.7). When they met in the Eastern Conference finals last spring, the result was the same: four consecutive Cavaliers victories, an especially ignominious way for Atlanta’s sparkling 60-victory season to end. And if you go back even further to 2009, the previous postseason clash between both sides, well it ended in a sweep again. See the trend?
Nothing either of these teams did in the first round (sweep of Detroit for Cleveland and 4-2 win against Boston for Atlanta) suggests that things will be different this year.
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The Toronto Raptors fans have reason to celebrate, even if it’s only the second round. For the second-time in their 21-year history, they won a best-of-seven playoff series, outlasting the Indiana Pacers in seven games.It wasn’t pretty and it came so close to falling apart in the fourth quarter of Game 7, but coach Dwane Casey can now breath easy.
While the Raptors had their ups and downs in the first round, the Heat had their ups and downs this season. But both had regular-season success against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have long been the clear favorite to win the Eastern Conference. One of them will get the chance to put the Cavs to the test in the conference finals, should the defending conference champs win their series with the Atlanta Hawks.
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