NBA Playoff Schedule 2012: Trio Of Games On Tap Thursday

A few series in the 2012 NBA Playoffs have already concluded and a few more are looking like they could be closed out as early as Thursday night. All three series tipping off on Thursday night can be closed out, two if the home team wins and the other if a team can win on the road.

Here's the full schedule of games for Thursday night:

Chicago Bulls Vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV: Surprisingly, the Bulls are on the verge of elimination on Thursday night despite being the favorite heading into the series. Clearly injuries have devastated the Bulls without Derrick Rose and now Joakim Noah in the line up. Even with all the injuries the 76ers have just got by the Bulls and hold a 3-2 series lead they can close out at home.

Atlanta Hawks Vs. Boston Celtics, 8 p.m. ET, TNT: The Atlanta Hawks were able to stave off elimination in the last game, getting a big boost with Al Horford back in the lineup and playing over 40 minutes after just 20 minutes in the game before. Horford led the Hawks in scoring as they picked up the one-point win with Rajon Rando dribbling out the clock. Boston can close out the series at home, but they can't let the Hawks get momentum early in the game, especially if Horford has another game like he had on Tuesday.

Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Denver Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT: The Lakers faltered down the stretch of Game 5 as the Nuggets picked up a win to put the series at 3-2 Lakers. Los Angeles can close out the series with a win on the road on Thursday night, but Denver has played them close in nearly every match up. With a game back back at the Pepsi Center and with momentum, the Nuggets will look to tie up the series and push it to Game 7.

For more on the Bulls and 76ers, visit SB Nation's Blog A Bull and Liberty Ballers. For more on the Hawks and Celtics, visit SB Nation's Peachtree Hoops and Celtics Blog. For more on the Lakers and Nuggets, visit SB Nation's Silver Screen And Roll and Denver Stiffs. For complete coverage of the 2012 NBA playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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