Will Embiid eat Brooklyn alive?
Joel Embiid, at his best, is fearsome the way Shaquille O'Neal was.
He makes you marvel at his power, his agility and his skill level. No matter how many times he executes a Eurostep at full speed, it will never seem remotely normal for a person of his size to be capable of doing so.
He can make defenders look helpless, and the Brooklyn Nets have had no luck trying to defend him one-on-one.
Will Rockets-Jazz be different this time?
Last season's series was over in five games, and all of Houston's wins were by double-digits.
If you believe this will be different, it is probably because you believe that the Rockets will be worse on defense without Trevor Ariza or the Jazz will be better on offense because of Donovan Mitchell's improvement.
In the 24 games after the All-Star break, Mitchell averaged 26.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 46.1 percent and making 45.1 percent of his 3s.
Mitchell's playoff run last season was impressive, but he was nowhere near this efficient and he only made a quarter of his 3-point attempts. Let's see what he and his team have learned since then.
Will we see Playoff Kawhi?
He rarely guarded the opposing team's best player. He said that he saw regular-season games as practices.
He missed 22 games because he wanted his knee to feel good now. According to him, it does.
It is time, then, for Leonard to make the Orlando Magic terrified of even dribbling the ball near him. It's time for him to put as much pressure as he can on their conservative defensive scheme.
The last time he was in the playoffs, he played the best basketball of his life and made you wonder if he might be the best player on the planet. The Raptors don't need Leonard to reach that level to get past Orlando, but it would bode well for their chances of getting to the Finals.
What's next on The Giannis Show
The Detroit Pistons don't have the personnel to challenge the Milwaukee Bucks, especially now that Blake Griffin — far and away their most important player — is dealing with a knee injury.
We are curious, though, about whether they can at least make Giannis Antetokounmpo uncomfortable.