NBA on TNT: Orlando vs Atlanta, Los Angeles vs. New Orleans, Dallas vs. Portland

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IApril 27, 2011

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Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks (ATL 3-2)

The Magic will look to tie up the series and force Game 7 as they face off against the Atlanta Hawks in Phillips Arena.

Orlando is coming off of a 25-point victory against the Hawks, giving them plenty of momentum as they enter Game 6.

After being suspended for one game, Jason Richardson returned and led the Magic with a team-high 17 points. 

Spread: Atlanta is +2

Prediction: Although Orlando has failed to win an NBA betting game in Atlanta throughout this series, they should be able to gut out a win Thursday night. Pick them with the spread.


Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Hornets (LAL 3-2)

The Lakers came up big in a decisive game five. Kobe Bryant finished the game with a team-high 19 points on an efficient 8-of-13 shooting from the field.

Big men Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum combined for 34 points, 18 rebounds, and 5 blocks on 12-for-23 shooting.

Chris Paul continued to produce for the Hornets, dropping 20 points and 12 assists.

Spread: New Orleans is +5.5

Prediction: If the Lakers' big men can continue to play the way they did in Game 5, this online betting series will end in Game 6. Take LA with the spread. 


Dallas Mavericks vs. Portland Trail Blazers (DAL 3-2)

After Brandon Roy brought Portland to a clutch victory in Game 4, the Blazers crumbled in Game 5, losing by 11 points in Dallas.

Lucky for Portland, they will return home where they have won both their games. 

If all goes well for the Blazers, they should be able to pull out a do-or-die victory.

Spread: Dallas is +4.5

Sportsbook Prediction: This game should come down to the wire, so it would be wise to select the underdogs, the Dallas Mavericks.