The Nets and the Timberwolves advanced in the No. 7 and 8 play-in games last night, meaning that the Cavaliers and Clippers will await the winners of tonight’s No. 9 and No. 10 teams of their respective conferences. The Hornets vs. Hawks tip things off tonight in Atlanta at 7:00 p.m. ET followed by the Spurs at the Pelicans at 9:30 p.m. ET. Both games will be televised by ESPN.
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Hornets and Hawks Under 236.5 Points
This game should be a fun fast-paced affair as both teams have high-powered offenses that are led by young star point guards Trae Young and LaMelo Ball. Each team ranks in the top 10 in the league in offensive efficiency and the bottom 10 in defensive ranking. Expect the Hawks to win due to the fact they are playing at home, where they are highly explosive offensively.
Charlotte (43-39) has posted their highest win total since going 48-34 in 2015-16. The Hornets have won three straight and six of 10. The Hornets have shot the ball exceptionally well from the field since the All-Star break, averaging 119.5 points on 50.1% shooting from the field along with 14.6 3-pointers at a 39.1% clip. They have given up 115.4 points a game on 47.6% shooting from the field and 37% from the 3-point line during this stretch. Ball, Terry Rozier and Miles Bridges have all played well lately, combining to average 61.5 points, 13.7 rebounds and 17.0 assists over the last 22 games. Gordon Hayward remains out as a result of his foot problem.
Atlanta (43-39) has split their last four games, but they went 15-9 down the stretch. The Hawks have averaged 118 points on 47.5% shooting from the field while also making 13.6 3’s at a 36.8% clip during the second half of the season. Meanwhile, the Hawks have allowed 113.9 points on 48.2% shooting from the field along with 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Young has been terrific since the All-Star break, with 29.6 points on 47.6% shooting and 10.6 assists. Bogdan Bogdanovic has also been spectacular on the offensive end lately. John Collins and Lou Williams will not be available.
While there should not be a shortage of points put on the boards, expect the game to finish under the point total, as this is the playoffs where defense counts. The Hawks have held the Hornets to just a 51.6% effective field goal percentage in their four meetings this year. Moreover, the teams have totaled 235 points just once in those contests and the under is 6-1 in the their last seven games against each other.
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Spurs Spread (+5.5) Over Pelicans
This matchup features surprise play-in participants, as neither squad was expected to finish in the Western Conference’s top 10. Expect this game to be a fantastic close contest that should be as entertaining as the Hawks vs. Hornets matchup. Both teams rank in the middle of the pack in efficiency on both ends.
San Antonio (34-48) was able to secure the last play-in spot thanks to the Lakers’ epic collapse. The Spurs have lost three straight, but they are 6-4 over their last 10 with three of the losses being by six or fewer points. The Spurs have been a little better offensively of late and they have one of the league’s top backcourts with Dejounte Murray, Devin Vassell, Lonnie Walker IV and Tre Jones. Plus, forward Keldon Johnson complements Murray nicely and Jakob Poeltl is an outstanding offensive rebounder.
The Pelicans (36-46) have certainly been playing better since CJ McCollum came to the Big Easy and Brandon Ingram got healthy. However, they have been blown out in each of their last two games and are just 13-10 since the All-Star break. Defense is a problem for the Pelicans, as well as not having anyone outside their big three who can score consistently.
San Antonio has played a lot better on the road and they won three of the four games against the Pelicans this year. Meanwhile, the Pelicans have been average at best at home, having outscored their opponents by just 1.3 points there. Furthermore, the Spurs are 8-1 against the spread in their last nine matchups against the Pelicans.
LaMelo Ball Under 23.5 Points
This marks Ball’s first postseason game and the point total seems a touch high. Ball has put up 23.3 points, 9.1 assists and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 47% from the field over the last 10 games. He has not shot well against Atlanta and is not nearly as efficient on the road. Ball is projected for 21.61 points tonight. OddsShopper gives the under a 60% chance of hitting and an expected ROI of 11%.
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