Heat at Bulls, 1:00 PM, Abc
Thoughts: If Shaq stays out of foul trouble, and gets the appropriate amount of touches on the block, the Heat win. Hinrich and Gordon have been playing well enough to force some close contests, but if Shaq returns to the form he was in for games one and two, then the Heat get a win today.
Suns at Lakers, 3:30 PM, ABC
Thoughts: Shawn Marion needs to arrive today for the Suns to get a win. The Lakers have managed to take a 2-1 lead in the series largely in part because Marion has yet to do much of anything. The Lakers are still playing well, but if Phoenix can get all five guys running the break, and Marion playing at his usual high level, the Suns should even up this series.
Cavaliers at Wizards, 7:30 PM, TNT
Thoughts: As odd as this may sound, my pick on this game comes almost from default. These teams are so evenly matched, I find it hard to believe either team will win two straight. It took 41 from LeBron(and a little two-step move that the ref seemed to miss) for Cleveland to get a win. Chances are, Gilbert drains a couple more threes, a few more calls go the Wizards' way, and Washington gets a win.
Spurs at Kings, 10:00 PM, TNT
Thoughts: The Kings got theirs, and took one on their home court. Now expect Gregg Popovich to fire up the troops and get the Spurs focused and ready to play a big game today. Ginobili and Parker well cut down on the mistakes(they combined for 9 of the Spurs' 15 turnovers in game three; seven from Ginobili) and hit the shots they were missing in game three(4-13 for Parker; 3-9 for Ginobili). The horrendous rebounding effort by the Spurs in game three should be considered an aberration, expect a better effort on the boards and overall in a Spurs win today.