|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Tuesday, 28 April 2009 08:48|
NBA Playoffs Tuesday will feature one of the top series on the NBA basketball odds board from the first round. NBA Playoffs fans have seen the 76ers and Magic split the first 4 games of their series although the Sixers have covered the NBA basketball odds all 4 times.
The Orlando Magic entered this NBA Playoffs series as the prohibitive favorite as the 3-seed against the NBA basketball odds. But Philadelphia has proven that they are not going away from the NBA Playoffs without a fight.
The tone of this NBA Playoffs series was set in game one when Philadelphia upset the Magic 100-98 as 9.5-point road dogs. Orlando took game two 96-87 but failed to cover as 10.5-point chalks. When the NBA Playoffs series moved to Philadelphia the Sixers took the game 96-94 as 3.5-point dogs. That was followed by a game four Philadelphia loss of 81-84 as 4.5-point dogs. The last three games of this NBA Playoffs series have gone under the total.
So far in the NBA Playoffs, Philadelphia has been led by Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala. Miller was averaging 21.5-points per game while Iguodala was averaging 20.8-points per game. Interesting enough, this dynamic duo was also leading Philadelphia in rebounds with an average of roughly 7-per game. As you would expect they also led the team in assists as well!
Dwight Howard was Orlando's dominant player in the regular season and he has been about all that the Magic have had for the NBA Playoffs so far. Howard has averaged 24-points per game along with nearly 14-rebounds per game.
The mindset of Orlando will likely be the key to this game five matchup. The question will be whether they will be tense and tight or regain their confidence as one of the top teams in the league. One thing seems certain, however, which is that Philadelphia isn't likely to go away quietly. The Sixers now believe in themselves and that an upset is theirs for the taking. Whatever potential intimidation factor there was, is now gone.
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