Quick Tips: NBA Playoff Game Previews for April 28

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IApril 28, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 28:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics drives to the net as Brad Miller #52 of the Chicago Bulls defends in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on April 28, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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!).


Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics (2-2)- 7 p.m. ET on TNT

The fifth game of the series is in Boston tonight. After another intense double overtime battle, and probably the most exciting game thus far in the playoffs, the Bulls 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 5, as Paul Pierce and Co. 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 bitter.

Injuries: Chicago Bulls- Ben Gordon-(Hamstring) Day-to-Day

Prediction: Celtics win (100-94)


Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic (2-2)- 7:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Yet again another tied and close series. After a game-winning 3 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 percent from the floor and 42.1 percent from the three-point line (31.8 percent on the regular season.)

Iguodala and the Sixers 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 p.m. ET on TNT

The San Antonio Spurs 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 want any hopes at making it to the second round of the playoffs.

Dirk Nowitkzi will lead the Mavericks with every intention on surpassing 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: Dallas Mavericks- Josh Howard- (Ankle) Day-to-Day

Prediction: Mavericks win (95-89)


Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers (3-1)- 10 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Brandon Roy and the Portland Trail Blazers will give it their all tonight to steal a win and extend the series to a Game 6. 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 percent from the field, compared to the Blazers 45.1 percent. 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: Portland Trail Blazers- Brandon Roy- (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.