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What We Learned From The First Games Of The NBA Conference Finals

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Tuesday’s show (May 15, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle discuss Game 1 of each conference finals series. In the East, the Celtics contained LeBron James and spread the offense around — is that a sign of things to come, or is it a fluke? And in the West, the Warriors ran away with the end of the game — are the Rockets doomed to be stuck in the Warriors’ shadow again? The crew also discusses Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery.

The Lab will be back with another episode next week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game.

Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Chris Herring was a senior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight.

Kyle Wagner is a former senior editor at FiveThirtyEight.