NBA Playoff Match Up Previews for Saturday

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The NBA playoff first round will reach its conclusion possibly for three series as deciding game sevens are scheduled for Saturday. We must once again apply asterisks to these games as they will be played only if necessary and will all be televised over TNT.

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The Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks could be heading into a game seven match up on Saturday if the Hawks can steal game six in Boston. The Celtics better hope they take care of business at home in game six. The Hawks are healthy now as Josh Smith is back playing 100% and Al Horford returned to action in game three after missing 59 games. Horford saw significant time in game five as the Hawks won at home 87-86. The Atlanta center produced 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in his 41 minutes of play. The Celtics front line could be a bit exposed here as Josh Smith and Al Horford will be terrors on the glass.

The Chicago Bulls will be the hosts if a game seven is played against Philadelphia on Saturday. Chicago is more than capable of forcing a game seven in this series. Despite the Bulls losing players left and right with injuries the 76ers have had trouble with Chicago. Philadelphia’s offense has been totally horrific as the club has hit 39.8% or worse from the field in four of their first five games of this NBA Eastern conference playoff series. In game five Philadelphia produced just 26 first half points in defeat. Chicago has won two of the three games played at home in this series. The Chicago and Philadelphia series winner will battle the winner of the Hawks and Celtics in the next round of the NBA playoffs.

If the Denver Nuggets can win game six then a game seven of the Nuggets and Lakers series will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night. If a game seven is necessary on Saturday we will see a return of forward and defensive specialist Metta World Peace back to the LA Lakers lineup as he will have served his entire seven game suspension following game six. The winners of this series will face Oklahoma City who will be well rested following a sweep of the Dallas Mavericks.

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