Insider offers a breakdown of every playoff series using an expert combination of scouting from Amin Elhassan and advanced metrics from Bradford Doolittle to answer three crucial questions. Also included are predictions from the writers, simulation results and the classic Log5 formula for determining matchup probabilities.
Entering the playoffs, many of us figured the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls would be renewing their rivalry in the second round, and if not for Indiana's late-series rally against eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks, neither Central Division foe would have advanced. The Washington Wizards cruised to a surprising, drama-free win in five games against Chicago and now will try to advance to the conference finals for the first time since Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes graced the team's front line. Has Indiana recovered its early-season form, or will the Pacers run into trouble against a Wizards franchise just finding its stride?
Eastern Conference playoffs