As we've seen many times in the playoffs over the past few years, the Lakers don't always have their game face on the road when they are leading a series -- unless that game face is an impassive stare. They played with little intensity in Oklahoma City in the first round, losing Games 3 and 4 to the young Thunder. The Utah fans should give their team a lift, but the Lakers are too big and too good for the Jazz if properly motivated. And that's a big if. Game 3: Lakers at Jazz, 8 p.m.
Will Andrei Kirilenko make a difference?
Utah's spidery small forward is set to return for Game 3 after missing all eight playoff games and 15 of the last 17 regular-season games with a strained left calf. Even if he's rusty, he should help the Jazz on the defensive end. But he won't do much to change L.A.'s huge size advantage. The Lakers outrebounded the Jazz, 101-78, in the first two games. Utah needs more from hulking center Kyrylo Fesenko, who has scored just four points in the series.Game 3: Lakers at Jazz, 8 p.m.
Can the Hawks avoid a sweep?
After losing by 43 in Game 1 and falling apart in the fourth quarter of Game 2, the Hawks can't be in a good mental state. Do they really feel like they have a chance in this series? If not, they may not put up the fight necessary to win a single game against the Magic, even in Atlanta. That was the case last year when the Hawks were swept in the second round by LeBron James and the Cavs. Dwight Howard and the Magic, who swept Charlotte in the first round, may be getting their brooms out again.Game 3: Magic at Hawks, 5 p.m.
Is Deron Williams getting frustrated?
Coming off a virtuoso first-round performance against the Nuggets, Williams hasn't played at the same level against the Lakers. He's shot 11 for 31 in two games and hasn't recorded double figures in assists. He complained about the officiating in Game 2, saying the Lakers were fouling him on many of his shots, and L.A. certainly played him aggressively with double teams. But he has to keep his cool and lead his team in Utah because point guard is the only mismatch in the Jazz's favor.Game 3: Lakers at Jazz, 8 p.m.
Is Dwight Howard in full domination mode?
Frustrated by the Bobcats (and the refs) in the first round, Howard is gaining confidence against his favorite whipping boys. The Hawks don't have anyone who can defend Howard, or keep him off the boards. He has 50 points and 29 rebounds in two games and is avoiding the foul trouble that plagues him all too often. Amazingly, he's missed only three shots. If this keeps up, it'll be a short series.Game 3: Magic at Hawks, 5 p.m.