NBA Playoff Match Up Previews for Sunday

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The NBA second round of the playoffs will begin on Sunday May 5th with two game number ones to satisfy the appetite of the pro basketball betting public. These series are a best of seven and moves each team closer to a Finals berth.

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The NBA playoff action gets underway at 1PM Eastern Time over ABC TV as the Memphis Grizzlies will be sent on the road to face the Oklahoma City Thunder in game number one. Oklahoma City was able to avoid a Game 7 of their opening round playoffs as they defeat the Houston Rockets on the road in game six on Friday night to advance. The Memphis Grizzlies also avoided a game seven as they close out the LA Clippers with a win in game six of their western conference opening round series on Friday night. Memphis was able to beat Oklahoma City in two of their three meetings. Two games were held at OKC with the Thunder earning one victory and the Grizzlies defeating the Thunder 107-97 way back on November 14th as a +5 point road underdog. The Oklahoma City Thunder is experiencing a major injury concern as Russell Westbrook has been lost for the season. Memphis behind Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol dominated the paint against the Clippers.

The second game of the NBA playoff doubleheader gets started at 3:30PM Eastern Time over ABC TV as the Indiana Pacers are sent on the road to battle the New York Knicks. Indiana comes through with a road win at Indiana to avoid hosting a game seven. The Knicks also avoid a game seven as they knock out the Boston Celtics in their game six victory at Boston on Friday night. The Knicks and Pacers split their four games this season. Back on April 14th New York earned a monster 90-80 victory on April 14th late in the regular season that went a long way for the Knicks to earn the second seed in the east and home court advantage for this Eastern conference playoff series. Indiana is a good defensive team but the Knicks are a good perimeter shooting team making this an intriguing matchup.

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