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NBA Tips & Previews, Saturday 16th April

The end is neigh and the playoffs are close for a handful of teams in the NBA as we get set for the best best in do-or-die play-in clashes on Saturday.

Playoffs will be guaranteed and seasons will be ended come Saturday afternoon as the Hawks get set to battle Cleveland, while the Clippers get set to face the Pelicans.

All the best bets from both fixtures are ready to go!

atlanta @ cleveland

april 16th 9:30am

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is where the Cleveland Cavaliers situate themselves for their final play-in conference fixture on Saturday.

The winner of this match will earn a spot in the playoffs and match-up against top seed Miami. 

Atlanta could not be hitting this game in better form after crushing Charlotte 132-103 in what was a brilliant team performance. 

Trae Young mustered up 24 points and 11 assists, but it was the way ‘Hotlanta’ shared the load in an impressive victory. 

Cleveland, meanwhile, found the Brooklyn Nets too hot to handle and were left to rue a slow start in their 115-108 loss. 

Atlanta will be cock-a-hoot coming into this game as well, given its strong record over Cleveland this season. 

The Hawks won the season series 3-1 and have the most recent win to their name over the Cavs. 

It was a 131-107 obliteration dating back to April 1, which saw Young combine with fellow guard Kevin Huerter for 53 points. 

With Jarrett Allen missing from the Cleveland line-up, Clint Capela should find his groove in the paint and on the boards. 

What was once a top-five defence in the league, is now struggling to find its mojo with the absence of Allen. 

Hawks have a sense of timing and can get it done. 

Suggested Bet: Atlanta Hawks head to head at $1.74

new orleans @ la clippers

april 16th 12:00pm

It is either win or season over for one of New Orleans Pelicans or the LA Clippers when the pair lock horns at Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The winner will set up a clash with Western Conference top seed Phoenix Suns. 

The Clippers were knocked off by Minnesota on Wednesday and will want to a big elevation off what they did in that 109-104 loss if they are a chance of progressing through. 

Paul George looked in great nick with 34 points, but his form cannot be solely relied upon despite the Clippers going into this contest as the -3.5 favourites. 

The Pelicans looked dangerous during their play-in victory after overcoming the San Antonio Spurs. 

Mid-season recruit CJ McCollum proved his worth with 32 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while centre Jonas Valanciunas went to work with 22 points and 14 rebounds. 

Confidence will be sky-high in the New Orleans camp. 

The Pelicans won the season series over the Clippers 3-1 in 2021/22, but it was LA who delivered a 119-100 hiding in their most recent head to head fixture. 

With George back in the fray and hopefully getting a bit more scoring support from Reggie Jackson and his bench, the Clippers class should shine through.  

Suggested Bet: LA Clippers -3.5 at $1.91

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