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NBA 2009 Playoffs Quick Tips: Tonight's Game Matchups Preview

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NBA 2009 Playoffs Quick Tips: Tonight's Game Matchups Preview
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Tonight is one heck of a night for NBA fans! We get the opportunity to watch four different playoff series games (if you do not have NBA TV, then you can tune into www.atdhe.net and watch the game live from your computer!)

We start with the first match up.

Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics (2-2) 7:00 pm EST on TNT

This will be the fifth game of the series, which will take place in Boston tonight. After another intense double-overtime battle, and probably the most exciting game thus far in the playoffs, the Bulls will look to yet again capture another victory at the TD Banknorth Garden arena.

On the other hand, Celtics fans should not be too worried about game five, as Paul Pierce and company will come out firing from the tip-off. This is the biggest game of the series and you can surely expect it to be another nail-biter.

Injuries: Ben Gordon (CHI), hamstring, day-to-day

Prediction: Celtics win (100-94)

Philadelphia 76ers vs Orlando Magic (2-2) 7:30 pm EST on NBA TV

Yet again another tied up matchup series. After a game-winning three by the Turkish Hedo Turkoglu, the Orlando Magic are seeking to gain their first lead in the series thus far. Dwight Howard and the rest of the Magic are determined to grab a victory tonight in Orlando and will not give up until they get the W.

The Sixers have played remarkably well throughout the entire series, shooting 47.1% from the floor and 42.1% from the three point line (31.8% on the regular season.)

Iguodala and the Sixers will look to battle out another close game in Orlando and are obviously hoping for the best.

Injuries: No injuries reported

Prediction: Magic win (103-85)

Dallas Mavericks vs San Antonio Spurs (3-1) 9:30 pm EST on TNT

The San Antonio Spurs will look to win the game tonight at home for a chance to keep the series alive. The injury of Manu Ginobili has obviously kept the Spurs from playing at their full potential, and you can see it in their record during the first round so far.

Every single statistic of the Spurs is lower during this series than throughout the entire season. They will need to really step it up tonight at the AT&T Center if they have any hope of making it to the second round of the playoffs.

Dirk Nowitkzi will lead the Mavericks with every intention on moving past the first round of the playoffs tonight. The entire Mavericks team has stepped up and are proving why they are one of the elite teams in the West.

Injuries: Josh Howard (DAL), ankle, day-to-day

Prediction: Mavericks win (95-89)

Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers (3-1) 10:00 pm EST on NBA TV

Brandon Roy and the Portland Trail Blazers will give it their all tonight in the hope of stealing a win to extend the series to a game six. But the real question is, can they do it?

This series has been dominated by the Houston Rockets, who are averaging 96.5 PPG during the first round of the playoffs, while the Blazers are averaging just 89.8 PPG.

The Rockets are also shooting an outstanding 48.1% from the field, compared to the Blazers 45.1%. Along with that, the Rockets are grabbing 40.8 RPG, while the Blazers are averaging 34.8 RPG.

This will definitely be the best game out of the four playing tonight, as the intensity will not only be on the court and in the entire arena, but in the homes of each and every Blazers fan (If there are any!).

Injuries: Brandon Roy (POR), illness, day-to-day

Prediction: If Brandon Roy and his flu-like symptoms can put up a Michael Jordan-type of game tonight, I can really see them pulling out a win.

Blazers win (108-107)

 

There you have it, enjoy the playoff games tonight! I know I will.

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