Monday Night NBA Playoff Betting

The Orlando Magic can book their ticket to the second round tonight by completing a sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats with a win in Game 4.

The Magic took a commanding 3-0 series lead on Saturday night after dumping the Bobcats 90-86 as a 2-point favorite at Bovada. Jameer Nelson carried the Magic with a game-high 32 points, as Dwight Howard had a short night due to foul trouble. Howard played only 26 minutes and delivered 13 points, eight rebounds, and seven blocks.

The Bobcats likely gave away their best chance at a win so far in the series thanks to some poor shooting by their big guns. Stephen Jackson led the Bobcats with 19 points, but he only shot 6-of-18. Gerald Wallace also struggled to find the basket with 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

After their victory in Game 3 the Magic have won nine of their last 10 games against Charlotte while going 6-4 ATS. They’re a 4-point road favorite in what could be tonight’s series clincher.

Also on the NBA playoff slate tonight is Game 4 between Atlanta and Milwaukee, and Game 5 between Portland and Phoenix.

The Hawks looked like they were headed for a series sweep over Milwaukee before the Bucks finally woke up in Game 3 on Saturday night. After getting hammered in the first two games of the series the Bucks found new life in a 107-89 win as 1-point favorites in Game 3.

John Salmons led the way for Milwaukee with 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting and seven assists. Jerry Stackhouse chipped in with 16 points off the bench, and Kurt Thomas had eight points and 13 rebounds.

While the Bucks’ offense finally found some life the Hawks’ big scorers tanked in Game 3. Joe Johnson scored a game-high 25 points, but only shot 9-of-22. Josh Smith was almost invisible with only seven points on 2-of-12 shooting, and Jamal Crawford offered very little off the bench with 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting.

Despite Milwaukee’s huge turnaround in Game 3 the oddsmakers aren’t convinced and have listed the Hawks as a 1.5-point road favorite in tonight’s game.

The Blazers also came alive in their last game after the surprising return of Brandon Roy. After consecutive big losses to Phoenix the Blazers tied the series 2-2 with a 96-87 win in Game 4 as a 2-point home underdog.

Roy was supposed to be sidelined for at least the first round of the playoffs after having knee surgery just eight days earlier. He didn’t have a huge night in his return, with 10 points, but he did open up more room for LaMarcus Aldridge, who exploded for a series-high 31 points and 11 rebounds. Andre Miller also had a bounce-back game with 15 points, six rebounds, and eight assists.

Amare Stoudemire led the Suns with 26 points, and Steve Nash chipped in with 15 points and eight assists. Jason Richardson went from scoring a career-high 42 points in Game 3 to a measly 15 points in Game 4.

The series returns to Phoenix for tonight’s game and the oddsmakers at Bovada have adjusted the line accordingly, listing the Suns as 6-point chalk.

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