Can I play NBA live 08 in linux? and also can linux prevent game crashes that i experienced in windows?
You can play it.. Using Wine
Just take a look at AppDB
Well, as the NBA 08 isnt a native linux app, it may crash. but after tweaking wine you can have a good gaming experience.
If you need any help on Wine. there is IRC channel on irc.freenode.net "#winehq"