Who plays in the NBA today, Saturday, April 30?

With no games scheduled for today, Saturday, April 30, we’re taking a look at the Conference Semifinals, which start tomorrow!

Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics

The Celtics will be bolstered by the news that star shooting guard Jaylen Brown should be fine when Game 1 rolls around. Reportedly, this is the team that just swept the ultra-favorite Brooklyn Nets, Which means they have no reason for their lack of confidence. Add to that the idea of ​​a home-court advantage, which they’ll enjoy in the first two games of the series and things start to look promising for the Celtics. However, the bigger question will be whether or not the Celtics can handle him Giannis Antikonmo the same way they did Kevin Durant. While that’s unlikely to be the case, since Antetokounmpo is honestly one of the most athletically gifted players in the league, expect things to get heated up as the Celtics will surely try to make life difficult for him.

On the other side, we have the Bucks, who after a short slip in Game 2 of their series against the Chicago Bulls, went on to eliminate them in a way that should be considered comfortable. However, there is one major downside to Milwaukee and that is the news Chris Middleton He suffers from a sprained MCL and as such will not appear in the series at all. To say it’s a loss for the dollar would be a gross understatement. To date, the three-time All-Star has been one of the focal points of the Bucks’ offense averaging 20 points and 5.4 assists per game. While some might argue that Middleton’s absence will only be on offense, the truth is that he is perhaps the best defender on the Bucks wing. As they prepare to take on a team featuring the league’s two best wingers – Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown – his absence can’t be a good thing.

The Bucks vs Celtics Game 1 kicks off Sunday, May 1 at 1:00 PM ET at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies

Grizzlies may be the surprise of the year, in fact that is exactly what they are. Back in late November when mascot Ja Morant was sidelined with a sprained knee, many thought this was the end for the Grizzlies. In fact, in that particular game, Memphis lost to the Atlanta Hawks by 32 points at home no less. But this is where the doubts ended. The Grizzlies would go on to win 10 of their next 11 games without their star player. By the time Morant returned, the Grizzlies were on an 11-game winning streak and it was mid-January. Now they enter the Conference Semi-Finals having shut out the T’Wolves in dramatic fashion and with Morant – the most improved player in the league – having delivered again when it mattered most. With the likes of Desmond Bean and Garren Jackson Jr., now a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, The Grizzlies have every reason to be confident as they head into a showdown with the Warriors, which is exactly what Coach of the Year nominee Taylor Jenkins would tell them.

When it comes to the Warriors, this is a team that went 18-2 and looked like itself early in the season. It looks like the Golden State is back, and as 2021 draws to a close, many have wondered just how far they might go. Unfortunately, after the end of the year, things took a turn for the worse. Klay Thompson returned from a long-term injury, but Draymond Green was sidelined shortly after with an injury. When Green returned, it was Steve Curry’s turn to come off with an injury. From that point to this point, the Warriors never really got ahead because they couldn’t have their core team on the field together for any notable amount of time. However, Golden State saw the emergence of Andrew Wiggins – now an NBA All-Star – along with Jordan Poole and Gary Payton II, who could make a claim as Defensive Player of the Year. Can they handle the hungry, albeit inexperienced, team of Grizzlies? Given how they finally combined against MVP Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets in the first round, logic would say yes. What is certain is that they will need all their craft and cunning against Morant and co.

Warriors vs Grizzlies Game 1 takes place Sunday, May 1 at 3:30 PM ET at FedExForum, Memphis, TN.

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