Free Expert NBA Picks and Analysis For Thursday, May 10th, 2012

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Three clashes on the hardwood will take place on Thursday night, and we are set to make our NBA playoff picks for all of the duels that are so crucial this time of year.

NBA Playoffs Matchup: Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers Game 6
Date: Thursday, May 10th, 8:00 ET
NBA Playoffs Lines: Boston -6.5 (173.5)

Al Horford is back for the Hawks, and they are about as at full strength as they are going to be for the rest of the season. They really fought hard to be able to escape with a one-point win over the Celtics in Game 5 to keep their series alive, and now, they are right on the verge of getting this series to a seventh game in front of their hometown fans at Phillips Arena. The key to this one is going to be defense. When Atlanta has slowed this game down a snail’s pace, it has had a heck of a lot more success. The Celtics have shown some chinks in the armor over the course of these last few games, and we think that they are going to be given at least a run for their money in this do-or-die game for the Hawks on Thursday night.

NBA Playoffs Free Pick: Atlanta Hawks +6.5

NBA Playoffs Matchup: Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers Game 6
Date: Thursday, May 10th, 7:00 ET
NBA Playoffs Lines: Philadelphia -3 (169.5)

There really is a point that the ‘total’ in an NBA betting battle is just absurd. Sure, we know that these last three games have been played at the rate that paint dries, but asking for two playoff teams to get to 170 points just isn’t all that much. The truth of the matter is that there have been enough shots in these games to justify getting to this total, as the high-70s per side should really translate into at least 170 points. It doesn’t require a ton to get here, but we think that there has just been too much of a compensation from the oddsmakers after watching this game struggle to reach the 146 points that were scored in Game 5. Look for Chicago to send this series back to the Windy City, but we think that the better play is the ‘over’ in this, one of the lowest ‘totals’ that we ever remember seeing.

NBA Playoffs Free Pick: Chicago Bulls/Philadelphia 76ers Over 169

NBA Playoffs Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers @ Denver Nuggets Game 6
Date: Thursday, May 10th, 10:30 ET
NBA Playoffs Lines: Denver -1.5 (197.5)

No one really thought that the Nuggets were going to be able to get to this point in this series, especially by winning at the Staples Center in Game 5 to stretch this one back to the Rockies. We still think that consistently, the Lakers are winning this game more often than not, and with that being the case, we just don’t think that the Nuggets should be laying points. Could Denver win this game? Absolutely. But is it really more than a 40-45% proposition? Not really. That makes the choice relatively easy to us.

NBA Playoffs Free Pick: Los Angeles Lakers +1.5

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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