NBA Play-In Games Best Bets: Friday, April 15
Both matchups tonight are win-or-go-home scenarios and battles for the eighth and final seed in the Eastern and Western Conferences.
The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Atlanta Hawks. Atlanta is the small favorite for tonight’s game. In the West, the Los Angeles Clippers (who will be without Paul George) are now the underdogs against a fiery New Orleans Pelicans squad with C.J. McCollum at the forefront.
All odds are accurate as of 2:45 PM EST on Fanduel Sportsbook.
Best Bets of The Night
Game: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers +2.5
Although the Hawks blew out the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night, they did not shoot the ball well at all. Although Trae Young had the “big night” for the Hawks, he only scored 24 points (8-24 FG) and went one-of-seven from downtown. He did lead the team to an important victory and recorded 11 assists. I think this will push Young to have a much better night shooting from the field than he did against the Hornets.
For tonight’s game, the away team is the small favorite. One reason for this is the potential lack of depth among bigs in Cleveland going up against Clint Capela. If Evan Mobley is the only big active for the Cavs tonight, they will fail to contain a ferocious Capella, who recorded a 15-point and 17-rebound double-double in only 29 minutes on the floor Wednesday night. Some good news has surfaced in regards to Cavs' starting center, Jarett Allen. Shams Charania reported earlier today that Allen would be in warm-ups and is planning to make a start tonight in Cleveland. Without Allen, Cleveland struggled immensely against Brooklyn's Andre Drummond and Nicolas Claxton with Mobley starting at the center position. Despite Kevin Love's double-double off the bench, neither Love nor Mobley can truly body up with Capela in the post whereas Allen can.
While Allen is officially listed as a game-time decision at the moment, all indicators suggest he is going to suit up and at least try to play as much as he can. Whether he will be successful on the floor remains a mystery, but if Allen joins Mobley in the Cavs' frontcourt, Cleveland will have the upper hand down-low and Capella might have a difficult time considering the undersized Danilo Gallinari is starting at power forward with John Collins still sidelined. If Allen suits up, that means he feels ready. If he and Mobley play tonight, I think the Cavs have a great chance of defending the home floor against the Hawks tonight to earn the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Pick: Cleveland ML +102
Game: New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Clippers +1
In addition to C.J. McCollum’s big night against the Spurs, Jonas Valunciunas and Brandon Ingram also scored well above 20 points. In total, six players on the Pelicans' roster scored in double-figures against San Antonio to combine for 113 points of offense as a team on Wednesday night. The Clippers, however, are only the 23rd highest-scoring team in the league, averaging 108.4 PPG this season. Now that Paul George has been ruled out for tonight’s contest after entering the league’s health and safety protocols, other shooters and wings will need to step up for the Clippers' two sidelined stars (George and Kawhi Leonard).
Everything screams good news for the Pelicans while the Clippers are edging towards a status of crisis mode with PG-13 ruled out for tonight and Luke Kennard currently listed as questionable for tonight’s game. For the Clippers to win, Reggie Jackson and the Clippers' bench will need to step up in big ways. New Orleans has Ingram, Valunciunas, and McCollum locked and loaded and ready to go.
The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -1 (-116)
NBA Player Props of the Night
Game: New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Clippers +1
Prop 1: C.J. McCollum Over 25.5 Points
The main man in New Orleans has hands down become McCollum. Just take a look at the 32 points, seven assists, and six rebounds he had in a decisive win against the Spurs. Tonight, McCollum will record at least 26 points and score the majority of those points by the end of the first half. As a Pelican, McCollum has shot 49.3% from the field to average 24.3 PPG, up from the 20.5 PPG on 43.6% shooting from the field he had in the first half of the season in Portland. With everything on the line, the Pelicans should let McCollum fire away.
Prop 2: Reggie Jackson, Over 20.5 Points
Now that Paul George is out, expect Reggie Jackson to be the Clippers' highest scorer. This season, Jackson averaged 16.7 PPG in 45 games without PG-13 in the lineup. With Paul George out in a playoff game, expect Jackson to shoot many more shots than he has in recent weeks and return to the offensive production we’ve seen him produce throughout most of the season with PG-13 unable to suit up. Even with George in the lineup against Minnesota, Jackson still attempted 18 shots from the field, though he only converted seven of them. Still, he finished with 17 points, seven boards, and five assists. Expect a lower assist-tally tonight and more points from the arguably the Clippers' best scorer who is still healthy. Considering PG-13 attempted 24 shots against the Wolves, Jackson should easily attempt 20+ shots tonight against the Pelicans. That bodes well for his point-total prop line.
Prop 3: Nicolas Batum, Over 1.5 Threes
With Paul George out and Luke Kennard questionable for tonight’s game, Normal Powell has been bumped up into the starting lineup and Batum should see 25-30 minutes as a trusted veteran on this mostly inexperienced team. Over his last two seasons as a Clipper, Batum has shot at least 40% from downtown. Along with Reggie Jackson, Batum should be contributing more significantly tonight to the Clippers' high-power three-point offense. As a result, I think it’s safe to assume Batum knocks down at least two three-pointers tonight against the Pelicans. In three games against the Pelicans this season, Batum averaged 1.3 threes in 26 minutes per game. He only attempted 3.7 shots from downtown in those three games and his 36.4% conversion rate was lower than his 40% conversion rate on the season. If Los Angeles is going to keep this game competitive and potentially upset the Pelicans, Batum will need to score double-figures and convert at least two shots from beyond the arc.
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France vs Argentina World Cup Final Betting Preview: Can Lionel Messi Capture That Elusive World Cup Title?
Picking up where they left off in 2018, the French National Team led by 23-year-old Kylian Mbappe have found their way back into the finals as they look to be the first back-to-back World Cup Champions since Brazil’s dominant runs in 1958 and 1962. Standing between that incredible feat for the defending champions is Argentina, who currently have their superstar, Lionel Messi, in top form. Messi is finding ways to create passes no one can see and he’s done it multiple times, assisting three goals (tied for the most) throughout the tournament. The legend is also scoring goals of his own and is tied with Kylian Mbappe (5 goals) for Golden Boot honors in this year’s World Cup. Regardless, soccer fans around the world are in for a treat on Sunday at 10:00 AM EST as two of the best players in the world face each other for their country’s World Cup glory.
After winning Group D, France defeated Poland in the Round of 16, England in the quarterfinals, and a strong Morocco team in the semis to advance to the Final. On the other side of the bracket, Argentina won Group C and dispatched Australia in the Round of 16. Messi and the Argentinians were then tested in the quarterfinals, needing a penalty shootout to defeat the Netherlands after blowing a late two-goal lead. Finally, Argentina played perhaps their best match of the tournament against Croatia in the semi-finals, winning 3-0. Now the stage is set for a blockbuster finale between two powerhouses featuring some of the top players in the world.
Note (from FanDuel Sportsbook): No team will play at home during Qatar's World Cup. For betting purposes, FanDuel explains that: “Home Team refers to the team listed first, Away Team refers to the second team listed.”
Argentina (-104) vs. France (-112)
Argentina Keys To Victory
Lionel Messi has played incredibly for Argentina throughout this World Cup. He is leaving opposing defenders in the dust, taking on multiple players at once, dragging them away from his teammates, which is opening up the field for his fellow goal scorers. Every time Messi has the ball at his feet, there seems to be more than one threat. Messi is playing just as well as he always has in 2022. He’s served his team as a playmaker and as a goal-scorer in Qatar. He’s also had some help from Manchester City forward Julian Alvarez who’s scored a handful of goals in this World Cup (including two in Argentina’s decisive victory over Croatia). If Alvarez and Messi are able to link up while on the attack, the depleted French defense and midfield could be in for some trouble.
France Keys To Victory
One of the biggest headlines heading into this World Cup Final is the return of French striker Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid star and winner of this year’s Ballon D’Or hurt his hamstring in one of France’s first practices soon after arriving in Qatar. He flew back to Madrid where he immediately completed his recovery work which was set at three weeks from the time of injury. Right now, Benzema is flying back to Doha and could be starting for France in the final. At the moment, France’s HC Didier Deschamps has declined to comment on whether or not he will be including KB9 in the starting lineup. France’s ball movement has been excellent throughout the tournament, but their key to victory against Argentina will be efficient defense. Over the last few games, France’s defense seems to have slowed down. Not only will they need to stop Messi, but they will need to turn defensive stops into counterattacks. Mbappe and Olivier Giroud (four goals thus far in the tournament) will need to be electric on offense and test the Argentinian keeper. Antoine Griezmann may be an x-factor for France as he has three assists in this World Cup and was inches away from scoring against Morocco.
It’s only fitting that Lionel Messi will finally hoist the World Cup trophy in his last World Cup match. Expect him to score a goal and lead his team to victory in a tightly contested battle.
The Pick: Argentina (-104)
World Cup Final Best Prop Bets
Kylian Mbappe: To Score Or Give Assist (+100)
Mbappé has been relatively quiet over France’s last few games. Still, he is the main wing on France’s team who is capable of breaking down defenses through his skillful technique and ridiculous speed. He currently is tied with Messi for the most goals in the 2022 World Cup. If he isn’t able to score in this game, then expect him to at least make an assist. For France to win this one, the 23-year-old will need to have a big game.
Lionel Messi: Anytime Goalscorer (+190)
Messi has stepped up his performance big time this World Cup. If you have watched Argentina play in this tournament, you know how crucial of a role Messi has played in the team’s success. He is tied for the most goals in the tournament with Mbappe and has a great chance of putting the ball in the net at some point during Sunday’s big match. This is a particularly great prop to target since Messi takes all of Argentina’s penalty shots and has converted four-of-five throughout the tournament.
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Calling every sports fan across the globe! The best month for all things sports is here: December. NFL and CFB are getting into the thick of things — I mean, we are finally not seeing Alabama and Clemson in the CFP, not to mention both the NBA and NHL are underway and college basketball just tipped off!
Despite all of these different sporting events going on, the World’s biggest Sporting event is down to the Semifinals, the World Cup.
Although Soccer is the World's most popular sport, it still struggles to gain support in the US. However, every 4 years Soccer takes the country by storm and this year, and these last few games are going to be amazing.
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