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On Tuesday night, four teams will carry 3-1 leads into their matchups in the opening round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. There may be four eliminations at the end of the night.
On Tuesday, the most hectic day of action yet in the 2012 NBA Playoffs will take place. There are four whole games in the schedule, all of which are potential elimination games.
First up, the Indiana Pacers host the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of their series. The Pacers hold a 3-1 lead in the series and could advance with a win on their home court. The game will begin at 7 p.m. ET and be televised on NBA TV.
In the second game of the evening, the Boston Celtics will visit the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5. The Celtics also hold a 3-1 edge in their series and the Hawks will attempt to avoid being eliminated at home. The game will begin at 8 p.m. ET and be televised nationally on TNT.
At 9:30 p.m. ET, the Philadelphia 76ers will try to complete the upset as they take their 3-1 lead into Game 5 against the hometown Chicago Bulls. The Bulls lost Derrick Rose in Game 1 and may also be without Joakim Noah in Tuesday's potential clincher. The game will air on NBA TV.
The nightcap will have the Los Angeles Lakers hosting the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers will try to give the crowd at Staples Center the expected win and head to the conference semifinals. The game will tip off at 10:30 p.m. ET and be televised on TNT.
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