Magic Cover in a Close Playoff Loss

Despite being the first team eliminated from the second round of the NBA Playoffs, the Magic's 91-86 loss was not for naught.

By losing to the Pistons by just five points, the Magic covered the +7 spread, giving our Free NBA Picks their sixth win in the last eight games.

A late lay-up by Keith Bogans helped us avoid the push and finally grab a cover in a close game. Our previous three games decided by two points or less were all one-point losses, so it's nice to have the ball finally bounce our way again.

On a side note, the home teams in the second round of the playoffs are now a combined 16-1, with an earlier Magic loss to the Pistons in Orlando serving as the lone home defeat.

The Free NBA Picks are picking up steam and returning to the production they showed in the regular season, so enjoy the ride!