NBA Saturday Picks: Free NBA Playoff Odds & Picks 5/5/12

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The second Saturday of the NBA postseason is sure to be interesting, as there are teams that are trying to hold onto their seasons, and others that are trying to put teams out of their misery once and for all. Our NBA playoff picks are not to be missed, so be sure to check out our NBA playoff predictions!

NBA Playoffs Matchup: Indiana Pacers @ Orlando Magic Game 4
Date: Saturday, May 5th, 2:00 ET
NBA Playoffs Lines: Indiana -5 (181.5)

We have no doubts whatsoever that the Pacers are the better team at this point in this series, but we think that the Magic still have the ability to be able to shoot their way to wins against anyone in the league. Indiana has figured out how to guard the perimeter, but will it last? We just don’t think that that is going to be the case when push comes to shove for the whole series. If the Magic are going to make one last stand, this is going to be when that stand happens, and we think that the couple of days off is really going to help Head Coach Stan Van Gundy rally his troops. Look for Ryan Anderson to be the difference maker in a Magic upset in Game 4 to level this series.

NBA Playoffs Free Pick: Orlando Magic +5

NBA Playoffs Matchup: Memphis Grizzlies @ Los Angeles Clippers Game 3
Date: Saturday, May 5th, 4:30 ET
NBA Playoffs Lines: Los Angeles -3 (187.5)

We are actually a bit surprised that the Clippers are favored in this game with the way that this series has panned out. Save for about a 14-minute stretch in Game 1, the Grizzlies have clearly been the better of the two teams in this series, and we think that in general, the oddsmakers are giving too much credit to the inferior teams, especially when they are playing at home here in the postseason in general. CP3 and Blake Griffin could put this team on their backs and carry it to a win here and there, but we just don’t think that it is happening more often than not here in this spot. Go with the Grizz to take back home court advantage in this series.

NBA Playoffs Free Pick: Memphis Grizzlies +3

NBA Playoffs Matchup: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Dallas Mavericks Game 4
Date: Saturday, May 5th, 7:30 ET
NBA Playoffs Lines: Dallas -1 (202)

The Mavericks are the defending NBA champs, and they are on the verge of getting knocked out of the playoffs without winning a game this year. We don’t think that they stand a chance of actually coming back and winning this series, especially with so many games yet to be played on the road in this one, but we do think that they are going to at least put up a fight in this one. The Thunder are great, and they have proven their point, and though we think that this young team has matured a ton over the course of the last two seasons, we still could see the immaturity setting in. Oklahoma City won’t quite be able to put the Mavs aside just yet.

NBA Playoffs Free Pick: Dallas Mavericks -1

NBA Playoffs Matchup: San Antonio Spurs @ Utah Jazz Game 3
Date: Saturday, May 5th, 10:00 ET
NBA Playoffs Lines: San Antonio -5 (202)

With apologies to the Jazz, they just aren’t going to be able to hang around in this series with the Spurs. San Antonio is clearly the superior team, and it has shown in the form of two blowouts that were handed down in the first two games of this series. Yes, this series has shifted over to Energy Solutions Arena, but we just don’t think that it is going to make all that much of a difference in the end. The Spurs are going to walk away with two more wins on the road in convincing fashion to make sure that they can put away the Jazz and not have a repeat performance of what happened in the first round of the playoffs last year against Memphis.

NBA Playoffs Free Pick: San Antonio Spurs -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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