• The Boston Celtics dominated their first matchup against the Indiana Pacers, exploiting the Pacers' defensive struggles with a 51-point margin victory.
  • The New Orleans Pelicans have had success against the Sacramento Kings in their previous two matchups, taking advantage of the Kings' defensive weaknesses.
  • The Milwaukee Bucks and the New York Knicks will face off again in the tournament, with the outcome uncertain given their strengths and weaknesses.