Apr 30, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; dMiami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) reacts after being fouled by New York Knicks point guard Baron Davis (not pictured) during the second half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Playoffs: Thursday Night Preview

Just two games on the board tonight, and not much intrigue in one, but could be a competitive game in the the other.

Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks (Heat Lead 2-0)

Will the Knicks put up any fight in Madison Square Garden?  I believe this is Lebron James’ first trip there for the playoffs, so that should be something to watch.  He averages 29 points there, just second behind Kobe Bryant.  Dwayne Wade likes playing there as well with his average of 27 points.  That duo should prove to be too much for a beat up and beaten down Knicks team.  Carmelo Anthony had a better game last game out, but isn’t getting any help.  He should be able to put together a good game tonight in his position at the four.  But will it matter if no one else competes for the Knicks?  I say the Heat win by double digits, and probably win going away.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs.  Dallas Mavericks (Oklahoma City leads 2-0)

It’s not been the largest of margins that the Thunder have won, but wins are wins.  Now the series shifts to Dallas, where Dirk Nowitzki looks to get the Mavs a win.  If Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have anything to say about this, it will be a 3-0 for the Thunder.  They’ve both been playing so well, you don’t know which guy to stop.  This series has been close, but the Thunder keep edging out, and I look for that to happen again tonight.

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