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Without further ado, let’s dive into our favorite NBA spread bets for Wednesday's Play-In Tournament slate.
Atlanta Hawks (-6) vs. Charlotte Hornets
Betting against Trae Young and the Hawks in this spot is a dangerous game to play, which is why we’re wagering on the favorite here. If you haven’t been monitoring closely, Young has been putting up monster numbers while keeping Atlanta afloat post-All-Star break.
On the other hand, Charlotte is such a feisty team. The Hornets have shown on multiple occasions that they can hang with anyone when they get hot offensively. Young against LaMelo Ball is going to be such a fun 1-on-1 matchup to follow along with as well. In the end, the postseason experience for Atlanta looms large. Hammer the Hawks in the Play-In as home favorites.
Pick: Hawks -6
Player Props: Trae Young over 30.5 points, Miles Bridges over 21.5 points, Clint Capela over 13.5 rebounds, LaMelo Ball over 8.5 assists
New Orleans Pelicans (-5.5) vs. San Antonio Spurs
Kudos to Pelicans head coach Willie Green, because this reminds me an awful lot of Phoenix’s sudden turnaround under Monty Williams. Green learned under Williams for a few seasons, and now those same principles are being applied magnificently in New Orleans. CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram are a dynamite wing duo, but just imagine the possibilities once Zion Williamson eventually returns. If Williamson returns to form, the Pelicans have those same ingredients we’ve seen surge with the Suns and Grizzlies.
The Spurs will be a tough out on Wednesday, especially with Dejounte Murray and their versatile two-way wings. However, we feel confident locking in the Pelicans to win and ultimately cover the 5.5-point spread.
Pick: Pelicans -5.5
Player Props: CJ McCollum over 26.5 points, Brandon Ingram over 23.5 points, Jakob Poeltl over 9.5 rebounds, Dejounte Murray over 9.5 assists