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Game 2 adjustments: How to get even

PER Diem: April 20, 2010

Updated: April 20, 2010, 1:21 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Kobe/DurantAndrew D. Bernstein/Getty ImagesIf the Thunder plan on evening the series against Kobe and the Lakers, Durantula will need some help.

PHOENIX -- Four teams head into a Game 2 on Tuesday trailing 1-0 after losing their openers over the weekend, but all four can hang their hats on the fact the games were close -- each went down by 10 points or less.

In other words, with a tweak here or an adjustment there, each team is thinking it can win Game 2 and turn its best-of-seven series into a best-of-five. And in a few cases, teams aren't staring at such long odds even though they dropped their openers. For instance, AccuScore's Playoff Predictor has the Suns as a 60-40 favorite to advance even though they lost the first game, providing a perfect opportunity for Portland to continue playing the No Respect card.

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