Tuesday NBA Report
The Tuesday night battle between the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder highlights a four-pack of great NBA playoff games. Here’s the latest from BroburySports.com:
Oklahoma City (+6) at L.A. Lakers
This series is tied 2-2 to the surprise of many. Oklahoma City won the last two games at home. Game 3 wasn’t that surprising as many teams have a letdown up 2-0. The 110-89 Thunder blowout in Game 4 was truly shocking.
Oklahoma City won the battle of the boards (50-43) again and really dominated in free throw attempts (48-28). That should change in Los Angeles, but nothing is definite.
L.A. needs to get its killer instinct back. They still have home court advantage, but you never want to give a young team confidence. The Thunder are 3-1 ATS in this series, with the only failure to ‘cover’ by a half-point in Game 1.
Chicago (+12) at Cleveland
The top-seed Cavaliers have had their hands full. The Bulls ‘covered’ two of the first three games, even winning Game 3 outright. The good feeling came to a crashing halt in Game 4, a 121-98 Cleveland victory as 5 ½-point road favorites.
Cleveland can end this thing tonight as huge favorites. LeBron James (35 PPG in the series) is ready to make it happen.
San Antonio (+5) at Dallas
The No. 2 seed Dallas finds itself down 3-1 to the No. 7 seed Spurs. However, Dallas may be one of the most overrated two-seeds in recently memory and San Antonio one of the most underrated No. 7’s.
The ‘under’ is 3-0-1 in this series and 6-1-1 in the eight meetings between the teams this season. Can the Mavs’ live to fight another day in Big D?
Miami (+6) at Boston
Miami was able to stave off elimination in Game 4, thanks to the heroics of Dwyane Wade (46 points). The Heat won 101-92 as 1 ½-point favorites, ‘covering’ their first game of the series. The favorite is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 games between the teams.
Boston needs to win to get ready for Cleveland in the next series. The Celtics’ old legs require as much rest as possible.
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Posted: 4/27/10 12:42PM ET