Hawks, Clippers Favored to Complete 2022 NBA Playoffs Cast

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  • All four betting favorites won the first set of games in the 2022 NBA Play-in Tournament.
  • The Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves have advanced to the playoffs as the 7th seeds in their respective conferences.
  • The Atlanta Hawks and L.A. Clippers are favored to win their games on Friday and complete the playoff cast.

The NBA’s 2022 Playoffs will begin on Saturday with the Utah Jazz visiting the Dallas Mavericks in the no. 4 vs no. 5 matchup in the Western Conference at 1:00 p.m.

But the cast of the 2022 NBA postseason will not be complete until Friday when the four remaining teams in the Play-in tournament battle for the remaining two seats in the 2022 NBA Playoffs.

The Play-in tournament began with eight teams but two advanced to the playoffs last Tuesday and another two were sent home on Wednesday.

All Four Favorites Win First Round Play-in Games

All four betting favorites won the first round of games in the 2022 NBA Play-in tournament. The Brooklyn Nets opened the slate last Tuesday by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-108 as eight-point spread favorites. Although the Nets failed to cover yet another betting spread at home, Brooklyn became the first team to be promoted from the Play-in tournament to the 2022 NBA playoffs where they will face the Boston Celtics.

In the second game of Tuesday, the Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the L.A. Clippers 109-104 while also covering the 3-point betting spread to move into the Western Conference playoff picture as the 7th seed. The Timberwolves will take on the 2nd seeded Memphis Grizzlies in the first round.

On Wednesday, the Atlanta Hawks blew out the Charlotte Hornets 132-103 to easily cover their -4.5 point betting spread to get a chance to play for the 8th seed against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans nearly blew a huge lead before settling down to beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-103 as -5.5 point spread favorites. The Pels will play the Clippers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Lines for Friday’s Play-in Games Are Set

Following the victories by the Hawks and Pelicans, the final two Play-in tournament games were determined and the lines for Friday’s play-in games are set, and according to the best NBA betting sites, the Atlanta Hawks and L.A. Clippers are favored to win their respective assignments and complete the playoffs cast.

Atlanta has opened as the -2 points spread and -126 Moneyline favorites to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers despite the latter having the home-court advantage on Friday night. The Hawks won their regular season series against the Cavs 3-1, winning the last three games including a 121-118 win in Cleveland last December 31, 2021.

Meanwhile, the Clippers are the 5-point spread and -210 Moneyline favorites to beat the Pelicans. Interestingly, New Orleans has beaten L.A. in five out of their last six meetings but the Clippers won their most recent encounter 119-100 at the Crypto.com Arena where Friday’s game will be played. The Pelicans though, have beaten the Clippers once in L.A. this season.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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