Commentary

Heat-Bulls, Spurs-Warriors picks

Updated: May 6, 2013, 11:55 AM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

For better or worse, tonight's pair of Game 1s will serve as the latest referendum on the question of whether long layoffs produce "rest" or "rust." Neither the Miami Heat nor the San Antonio Spurs have played since Sunday, April 28 after sweeping their first-round series. While they were waiting, the Golden State Warriors needed six games to dispatch of the Denver Nuggets last Thursday, and the Chicago Bulls were the last team into the conference semifinals, winning Saturday night's Game 7 against the Nets in Brooklyn.