Three of the eight first-round NBA playoff series are still ongoing, but all of them have a chance to end on Friday night. The Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers look to stave off elimination when they take the court in Game 6 of their respective series.
This year’s first round has been pretty competitive compared to recent seasons. Half of the playoff series have gone at least six games as the Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Boston Celtics in Game 6 on Thursday night. The Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder made it through the first round after five games, and the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers swept their first-round opponents.
All three of Friday’s games will be nationally televised with free live streams available with WatchESPN.
Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers
The Raptors are the only team that has a chance to close out their series on the road on Friday night. It looked like they were about to fall behind Indiana 3-2 in the series, but Toronto came back from 13 points down to start the fourth quarter of Game 5, pulling out a three-point victory. The Pacers are 1.5-point favorites, via VegasInsider.com.
Start time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN News/NBATV
Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets
Miami was in control of the series after two straight wins by double-digits, but Charlotte has gone on to win three games in a row. The Heat haven’t scored more than 88 points since averaging 119 points in Game 1 and Game 2, and they are 1.5-point road underdogs in Game 6.
Start time: 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
The series turned when Chris Paul and Blake Griffin suffered injuries in Game 4 that sidelined them for the rest of the playoffs. L.A. gave a valiant effort in Game 5, but the Trail Blazers outscored the Clippers by 10 points in the final quarter to win a third straight contest. Portland is a 10.5-point favorite as they are expected to move on to a series with Golden State.
Start time: 10:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN