- The Atlanta Hawks have -220 odds to beat the Charlotte Hornets.
- LaMelo Ball’s scoring total has -124 odds to stay under 23.5 points.
- The New Orleans Pelicans have -185 odds to beat the San Antonio Spurs.
- Brandon Ingram’s point total is set at 23.5 with -120 odds on the over.
ATLANTA – The NBA Play-In games continue on Wednesday night with the first game being the Atlanta Hawks hosting the Charlotte Hornets for the Eastern Conference bracket. Capping off the night are the New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs in the West.
Legal online sportsbooks have the Hawks and Spurs favored to win their games and move on in the tournament.
Atlanta Hawks Vs. Charlotte Hornets
Atlanta Hawks Vs. Charlotte Hornets Odds
- Moneyline: Hawks (-220) vs. Hornets (+150)
- Spread: Hawks -3
- Total: 235 Points
There should be no doubts as to why NBA odds are in favor of the Hawks coming out on top over the Hornets. In the four games they played this season, the series went 2-2, however, the Hawks won their games by 10 points or more while the Hornets won by 10 points or less.
Also, based on experience alone the Hawks are coming off of a great playoff run last season while Charlotte has one of the younger teams in the league and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2016.
Something that could play a role in the Hawks coming out on top is how they defend against Charlotte’s All-Star point guard, LaMelo Ball. Ball’s player prop scoring total is set at 23.5 points with the under favored at -124 odds.
Looking back at how he has done against Atlanta this season, in three games he has stayed under all three times. Being that betting sites are already expecting him to underperform, it is a great chance to get in on Atlanta’s odds.
New Orleans Pelicans Vs. San Antonio Spurs
New Orleans Pelicans Vs. San Antonio Spurs Odds
- Moneyline: Pelicans (-220) vs. Spurs (+180)
- Spread: Pelicans -5.5
- Total: 224 Points
Moving on to the Western Conference Play In game, the Pelicans have the edge on the Spurs according to the odds despite San Antonio going 3-1 against them in the regular season.
However, it is worth noting that New Orleans’s leading scorer, Brandon Ingram was not available in two of those games. With injuries now behind the Pelicans though, they will be fully healthy against the Spurs for just the second time this season.
Going back to Brandon Ingram though, his scoring total is set at 23.5 points and -120 odds on the over. In the two games he’s played against the Spurs this year, he went 1-1 with the total.
Historically though, Ingram has dominated the Spurs and the 23.5-point total against them in recent games. He has hit the over against them in four of his last five games.
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