As the NBA playoffs resume, matchday 10 - August 30th - gives two teams in the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers a chance to join the earlier three teams (Raptors, Celtics, Heat) in the Conference Semifinals. Both top seeds can advance to the next round by winning Game 5s of their respective first-round series.
Meanwhile, the other Game 5 - a matchup between the fourth-seeded Houston Rockets and the fifth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder - is all about momentum as the series stands at two games apiece. Which team will grab the crucial Game 5?
We've got you covered with everything you need to know ahead of Sunday's three Game 5s.
All win probabilities are per FiveThirtyEight's NBA Predictions model. All times in IST.
Orlando Magic @ Milwaukee Bucks - Game 5 @ 1:00 AM
Win probability: Bucks - 73%
After being shocked in Game 1, the league's top seed - the Milwaukee Bucks - have taken care of business by winning the next three games by an average margin of 14.7 points.
Reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has named 2019-20 Defensive Player of the Year before the previously scheduled Game 5 on Wednesday, has been stellar in this series with averages of 31.3 points, 15.8 rebounds, and 6.8 assists on 57.8% shooting from the field.
Expect more of the same from both the Greek Freak and the Bucks, as they are heavily favoured to win Game 5 and advance to the Conference Semifinals. With the win, the Bucks would be making consecutive Conference Semifinals appearances for the first time since 1987.
For the Magic, it's been all Nikola Vucevic who's averaged 29.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists on 54.7% shooting from the field. In a must-win Game 5, can Orlando pull off another upset to extend the series?
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets - Game 5 @ 4:00 AM
Win probability: Rockets - 72%
Count out the Oklahoma City Thunder and they'll continue to beat the odds. By winning Games 3 & 4, the Thunder have made this a series once again.
However, Game 5 is going to be very different as the Rockets welcome back Russell Westbrook to the line-up. The former MVP was reportedly set to play in the originally scheduled Game 5 on Thursday as well.
His return and impact will be huge in a series, which is now essentially a best-of-three. As per the predictions model, the Rockets are 72% favoured to win Game 5.
Portland Trail Blazers @ Los Angeles Lakers - Game 5 @ 6:30 AM
Win probability: Lakers - 85%
The biggest storyline heading into this one is the absence of Portland All-Star Damian Lillard, who left the bubble in Orlando on Thursday (local time) after suffering a right knee sprain in Game 4.
Damian Lillard will leave the NBA campus in Orlando on Thursday & return to Portland for further examination of his injured right knee. Lillard's availability to return to the Orlando campus is yet to be determined. Further updates will be provided as necessary.- Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) August 27, 2020
In two of the three losses (Games 2 & 4), the Trail Blazers have lost by a combined margin of 43 points and their All-Star not suiting up doesn't help their cause in this must-win situation. In addition, the Lakers' offense seems to be steadily finding its rhythm after the Game 1 upset loss.
Can a very shorthanded Trail Blazers make Game 5 competitive and possibly force a Game 6? The Lakers are 85% favourites to wrap things up.
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