2012 NBA Playoffs: Picks, Predictions and Spread for Monday | 5/14/2012

The NBA Playoffs continue Monday night with a pair of games in the second round. The Boston Celtics will host the Philadelphia 76ers in their Game 2 match-up, while the Los Angeles Lakers will travel to Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in their opening game of round two.

I finished the first round of picks on Friday, and ended up with a 8-4 record picking winners, along with a 7-4-1 mark against the spread.

I’ll hand out more winners tonight in our NBA Picks for Monday:

Philadelphia 76ers @ Boston Celtics on TNT 7:00 pm ET (Celtics lead series, 1-0)

Boston was able to take game one by a single point, 92-91, as Kevin Garnett had another brilliant playoff game this postseason with a game high 29 points, while adding 11 rebounds. Rajon Rondo was no slouch either with his eighth career playoff triple-double. The Sixers played well enough to win, but they were undone by the play of Rondo in the 4th quarter. It was a nice story for Philadelphia in the first round, however the Celtics are to good of a team to get beat at home. I like Boston, 101-86.

Los Angeles Lakers @ Oklahoma City Thunder on TNT 9;30 om ET (Series tied 0-0)

The NBA’s top two leading scorers during the regular season will square off in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant topped the charts in points, and during the three games they played during the regular season, Durant averaged nearly 30 PPG, while Kobe had 24.3. It figures to be a high scoring game, but I don’t think the Lakers can keep up with the fast break style the Thunder play. With the Lakers having only one day off, I think OKC will put on a show tonight versus the tired legs of Los Angeles, 115-102

Bonus Picks Against the Spread:

Boston -4.5

Oklahoma City -7.5



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Trevor Gunn is a student of the game in both the football and basketball genres, assisting fantasy owners in fantasy football and fantasy basketball. Trevor has been involved in fantasy sports for over 10 years, and brings extensive knowledge to NBASoup. Trevor also covers fantasy football at NFLSoup.com. Follow him on Twitter @NFLSoupTrevor.

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