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MAPG: The Fourcast


Where's that MVP trophy, in your back pocket? (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)


1. Milwaukee at Cleveland (Tuesday)
Of note: Mo Williams averaged 17 points and 6 assists the past two seasons in Milwaukee, but he is putting up 14.1 and 4.9 in his first season with the Cavaliers. Not bad, but the Bucks don't seem to miss him. Know what his replacement, Ramon Sessions, is averaging in Milwaukee? 17 and 6. Maybe it's the brats.

2. Atlanta at Boston (Wednesday)
Of note: A reunion of the most riveting -- on the floor, at least -- first-round series of the playoffs, when the 37-win Hawks pushed the 66-win Celtics to seven games. This game would have been much more intriguing if the Hawks had arrived at full strength, but Josh Smith is out with a high ankle sprain. This game will serve as another gauge for the surprising Hawks. At least the "bandwagon jumper" Celtics fans still can boo Mike Bibby.

3. Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans (Wednesday)
Of note: Kobe, the MVP vs. Chris, the Runner-up. Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul both won gold medals in Beijing last summer, and Bryant praised Paul for his work ethic and talent. Now Paul is coming after Bryant's trophy. He became the first player in NBA history to get at least 20 points and 10 assists in his first six games. Bryant's scoring is down, but he'll gladly score less if he continues to play about 33 minutes -- almost six fewer than last season -- because of the Lakers' blowout wins.

4. Detroit at Phoenix (Sunday)
Of note: Shaquille O'Neal has four rings. Rasheed Wallace, Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton each have one. But this game will feature three of the most championship-starved players in the NBA in Allen Iverson, Steve Nash and Grant Hill. The Pistons have gotten off to a rocky start with Iverson, which can be expected when a team makes a drastic, system-challenging trade. The Suns went through the same thing after they got O'Neal last season.

Others in consideration: Toronto at Boston (Monday), Denver at Cleveland (Thursday), Houston at Phoenix (Wednesday), Detroit at LA Lakers (Friday), New Orleans at Houston (Saturday), Detroit at Phoenix (Sunday).

By Michael Lee  |  November 10, 2008; 12:51 PM ET
 
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