NBA Playoff Picks For Tuesday, 4/26/11 – L.A. Lakers @ N.O. Hornets

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The Cappersinfo.com blog is the place to be for the best free NBA picks on the web.  Our contributors and handicappers continue to sizzle in the NBA playoffs with win after win.  Andy “The Raven” Frank is a combined 6-2 in the NBA playoffs thus far (75% winners).  Where can you go for results like that?  It’s now week two of the playoffs and some interesting situations are unfolding.  This is a special side and total pick for the Tuesday, April 26 matchup between the Hornets and Lakers.  Enjoy…

NBA Matchup: New Orleans Hornets @ LA Lakers
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 8:05 ET
Location: The Staples Center- Los Angeles, California

NBA Odds: Los Angeles Lakers -10.5
Over/Under Odds: 183

Game Analysis: Tonight is the all important game 5 in a series tied at two games each. The Lakers were able to win one of two in New Orleans but are coming off a 93-88 loss Sunday in a thrilling back and forth game. Sunday’s game was a special one for Chris Paul who led his team with a triple double, his first of the season. 27 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists is a monster game and for it to come in the playoffs makes it a clutch performance too. Paul has almost single handily carried the Hornets on his back in this series and given the Lakers nation something to really worry about. If his play weren’t enough to hurt the Lakers Kobe Bryant aka “mamba” tweaked his foot late in game three and is expected to play in game 4. At first the injury was thought to be a sprained ankle which might be the lesser of two evils for the Lakers, however it is now being called a injury to his foot. Only time will tell what the ramifications are of this injury however there is no doubt that the Lakers’ fate rests in whether Kobe can play or not. As for game 5 we go back to the Staples Center in LA where the crowd will be in rare form. All the celebrities will be in their expensive courtside seats and this is a very important game in the Lakers quest for the three-peat. LA has only played one game up to their standards in this series so far and that was the 100-86 win in New Orleans on Friday. However in their playoff history since 1996 they are 20-8 ATS in game 5’s of all playoff series, and 8-3 in games 5’s the last three years. LA knows when to turn it on and with their backs against the wall are in need of a big game. That is right when they are about to have one of those games when we say “Oh yeah, that’s right they are that good”. Game 5 will be the wake up call for us all with a convincing win for the Lakers. I also like the over 183 in this game because when the Lakers are pressured they somehow almost always come up with one of their best efforts. That will include well over 100 points against the Hornets and a comfortable win by double digits.

Free NBA Playoff Picks: Los Angeles Lakers -10.5 & Over 183

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