The NBA is currently holding its Play In tournament to determine the final playoff teams in each conference for the second time in as many years. Below we will look at NBA Play In odds for each game as well as the schedule and more.
NBA Play In odds: Game lines
NBA game spreads for each Play In game and already-set first round games are available below.
Here are what the opening odds for each Play In game looked like.
- Cleveland Cavaliers +8.5 at Brooklyn Nets -8.5 (Final: Nets 115, Cavs 108)
- LA Clippers +2.5 at Minnesota Timberwolves -2.5 (Final: Timberwolves 109, Clippers 104)
- Charlotte Hornets +4.5 at Atlanta Hawks -4.5 (Final: Hawks 132, Hornets 103)
- San Antonio Spurs +5.5 at New Orleans Pelicans -5.5 (Final: Pelicans 113, Spurs 103)
- Atlanta Hawks -3 at Cleveland Cavaliers +3
- New Orleans Pelicans +4 at LA Clippers -4
Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers
Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET
The Hawks put on an impressive showing in their first Play In game against the Hornets on Wednesday night, laying a 132-103 thumping on Charlotte that saw Atlanta shoot 52.1 percent, including 50.0 percent from three-point range. They also outrebounded their opponent, 54-41. All five Hawks starters scored in double digits as well, and Clint Capela’s presence down low – he hauled in 17 rebounds – certainly bodes well against a potentially short-handed Cavaliers frontcourt. Another favorable sign for Atlanta is its 3-1 mark against Cleveland this past regular season, a sample in which the three victories all featured point tallies of 121 or higher for Trae Young and company.
The Cavaliers followed up an ugly 3-8 finish to their regular season with a 115-108 loss to the Nets in the first play-in game that Cleveland had to claw back from a 20-point first-quarter deficit in to even make the final score respectable. The ongoing absence of Jarrett Allen, who reportedly will attempt to suit up Friday after missing the last month-plus of the regular season with a fractured finger, has naturally had a significant impact in Cleveland’s struggles. The Cavs do have the advantage of a 25-16 home record and an Eastern Conference-best 104.4 defensive rating at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse during the regular season, but the Hawks certainly come in the hotter team at the moment.
The Hawks are actually 1-to-2-point road favorites as of Thursday night and are 8-9 ATS as a road favorite. The Cavaliers an impressive 22-17-2 ATS as a home team, including 9-5-1 as a home underdog.
New Orleans Pelicans at LA Clippers
Friday, 10 p.m. ET
The Pelicans took full advantage of a raucous home-floor environment Wednesday night to notch a win in their elimination Play In game against the Spurs, 113-103. New Orleans established a commanding tone early and rarely faltered for most of the first three quarters, allowing them to withstand a seven-point scoring deficit in the fourth quarter and still record a double-digit victory. With 54.3 percent shooting and a 53-34 rebounding advantage, the performance offered a glimpse of what Willie Green’s club is capable of when clicking on all cylinders. The Big Three of CJ McCollum, Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas combined for 81 points and 25 boards, and both Herbert Jones and Jose Alvarado offered key 12-point contributions in complementary roles.
The Clippers, meanwhile, may have taken a loss in their first Play In game but they played a fired-up Timberwolves team tough and only came up short by five points by game’s end. While that naturally now puts them in a do-or-die scenario Friday, they can draw encouragement from the fact Paul George seems to be back to full health and should be ready to put in as many minutes as necessary after logging 41 against Minnesota. L.A. was also 25-16 on its home floor this regular season, and although they lost three of four to New Orleans, they won the most recent meeting by 19 points. The one main concern for head coach Tyronn Lue could be the top-heavy nature of his squad’s scoring – George, Norman Powell and Reggie Jackson accounted for 67 of the 104 points scored Wednesday, and it may be difficult to overcome what might be a deeper Pelicans team if that repeats itself Friday.
FRIDAY, 4/15 UPDATE: The Clippers were 3.5-to-4-point home favorites as of Thursday night. However, Friday morning’s news that George will miss the game while in COVID-19 protocols has naturally altered the landscape. The Pelicans are now 1-to-1.5-point road favorites, a split in which they were 4-4 ATS this regular season.
How the tournament works
The NBA Play In tournament will take place April 12 through April 15 with the traditional postseason starting on April 16. Teams seeded 7 through 10 in each conference participate in the Play In tournament.
The 7 seed will take on the 8 seed in each conference. These teams will have two chances to win one game and earn a playoff berth. The winner of the 7-8 game will be the 7 seed in the traditional playoffs. The loser of the 7-8 game plays the winner of the 9-10 game.
The 9 seed will take on the 10 seed in each conference. These teams will have to win two straight games in the Play In tournament to advance to the traditional playoffs.
Last year in the Eastern Conference, the 7 seed Celtics beat the 8 seed Wizards to advance. Washington then played 9 seed Indiana (which had beaten 10 seed Charlotte). The Wizards won to secure the 8 seed.
In the Western Conference last year, the 7 seed Lakers toppled the 8 seed Warriors to advance. Golden State then faced Memphis (which had beaten San Antonio in the 9-10 game). The Warriors lost to the Grizzlies as Memphis secured the 8 seed.