Tuesday night features four games on the NBA TV schedule, and all four should be doozies. There are a number of teams that are fighting for survival, and you aren’t going to want to miss our NBA picks to see whether teams are going to get the job done!
NBA Playoffs Matchup: Orlando Magic @ Indiana Pacers Game 5
Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 7:00 ET
NBA Playoffs Lines: Indiana -10 (179.5)
The Magic continue to show fight in this series, and we are actually a bit surprised by that fact. They are overmatched at just about every position, and they know that if they lose this game, the likelihood is there that the team is going to be blown to bits from the top down within a week to suit the potentially departing Dwight Howard. In the end, we just don’t see Orlando giving up. Indiana is a good team, and it might be one of the better teams left in the East at this point, but in the end, we just don’t see how it is going to win this game by so many points in what has been a very defensive minded series. Go with the Magic, even though this might be the night that the Pacers make them disappear.
NBA Playoffs Free Pick: Orlando Magic +10
NBA Playoffs Matchup: Boston Celtics @ Atlanta Hawks Game 5
Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 8:00 ET
NBA Playoffs Lines: Atlanta -1.5 (173)
This NBA betting line almost screams for you to take Atlanta. The Hawks were a great home team this year, but the truth of the matter is that they just aren’t as good as the Celtics are. Boston decided that it wanted to play in this series, and it almost seems as though the team was reenergized when the Bulls lost Derrick Rose and then Joakim Noah. Rajon Rondo, who was nearly traded several times over the course of the year and the preseason, has been absolutely humongous for the Celtics, and the old guard of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen is playing well as well. They have all picked up one another in the past, and even if Pierce is slowed by a knee injury, we see no reason why the Celtics won’t be able to survive this one as well. Go with Boston to close this series out on the enemy’s court on Tuesday night.
NBA Playoffs Free Pick: Boston Celtics +1.5
NBA Playoffs Matchup: Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls Game 5
Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 9:30 ET
NBA Playoffs Lines: Chicago -5 (171.5)
We just refuse to believe that the Bulls are finished in this series. Sure, Philadelphia has won three straight games, and has won them all in convincing fashion, but there just isn’t a player out there on the court for the Sixers that has impressed us all that much in the series. There are still some stars on the court for the Bulls that can take over a game, and we have seen this team fight hard without Derrick Rose all season long. Maybe we’ll go down with the sinking ship in the Windy City, but even without Rose and Joakim Noah out there, we think that Head Coach Tom Thibodeau will be able to will his way to a victory here in Game 5 to start to put the pressure back on the 76ers.
NBA Playoffs Free Pick: Chicago Bulls -5
NBA Playoffs Matchup: Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Lakers Game 5
Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 10:30 ET
NBA Playoffs Lines: Los Angeles -5.5 (198.5)
It’s time to bid farewell to the Nuggets. We know that they have played their butts off in this series, but they just have to be so beaten down, knowing that they were beaten in that game two nights ago at the death even though they put together one of their best games of the entire season. Kobe Bryant really hasn’t turned it on in that big time “Kobe way” of late, but in the end, he is going to get the last laugh. We really think that the Lakers were undervalued in this series the entire way, and it will show again in a close out Game 5 on Tuesday night.
NBA Playoffs Free Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -5.5