NBA Playoffs 2014: Wizards will face Pacers in second round

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The top seed slipped by the Hawks, so the Wizards will open the next round on the road on Monday.

Well, the favorite won. Despite falling behind 3-2, the Indiana Pacers rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks, the worst team in the playoffs, in Game 7. Paul George was spectacular, Roy Hibbert looked competent and Lance Stephenson provided just the right dose of spice in a 92-80 victory.

Thus, the Wizards will begin the series on the road. Times have yet to be determined, but here is the schedule:

GAME 1: Monday at Indiana, 7 p.m., TNT

GAME 2: Wednesday at Indiana, 7 p.m., TNT

GAME 3: Friday at Washington, 8 p.m., ESPN

GAME 4: Sunday, May 11 at Washington, 8 p.m., TNT

GAME 5: Tuesday, May 13 at Indiana

GAME 6: Thursday, May 15 at Washington

GAME 7: Sunday, May 18 at Indiana

We'll have plenty of coverage of this matchup in the next couple days. As I noted the other day, Indiana's style mirrors Chicago, but with different challenges. George is a much better offensive player than anyone Chicago has and is coming off a great series, but Trevor Ariza can neutralize him. On the other end, Hibbert gets a much more favorable matchup.

Early predictions?

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