The NBA playoffs are just about ready to begin, as the recently added play-in games start on Tuesday night.
With the extended postseason, the final two spots in each conference are determined from a mini tournament. The No. 7 and No. 8 battle to see which earns the higher seed, while the loser goes on to face the winner between the No. 9 and No. 10 teams.
This certainly makes things slightly confusing for casual fans; however, no one is complaining about more great basketball. Now that a championship is up for grabs, these franchises won’t be holding back.
West Virginia sportsbooks include odds for the play-ins, in addition to some other markets for the 2022 playoffs. Once all of the opening-round matchups are completely set, they will provide series and player props for all the participants.
NBA play-in odds at WV sportsbooks
The seventh position in each conference is solidified on Tuesday. Of course, winning this game is crucial, but the losing team isn’t eliminated, with one other chance to triumph.
That isn’t the case for the two contests scheduled for Wednesday evening, as the season will end for two sides that night.
Nets vs. Cavs
The opening play-in is between the Nets and Cavaliers. According to WV books, it’s the most lopsided of the four games.
Many believe Brooklyn is one of the most dangerous rosters in the NBA and can still reach the finals from this starting point. A lot of that is because that both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are healthy and active.
The Nets are laying -9.5 in the point spread currently at DraftKings WV. Their moneyline sits at -400, compared to Cleveland listed at +300.
The Cavs feature plenty of young talent but are probably a year or so away from contending in the East. Point guard Darius Garland is showing flashes of brilliance and should pose some issues for the Nets, though.
Brooklyn is receiving a lot of respect from sportsbooks. DraftKings puts it at +600 to win the title this year, which are the third-best odds in the league. Cleveland is available at +25000.
Timberwolves vs. Clippers
In the West’s version of the fight for seventh, Minnesota hosts the Clippers.
Currently, FanDuel WV shows the Wolves as the slight favorite, giving -3 on their home floor. Their moneyline is at -162, while the visiting Clippers are posted at +136 to take tonight’s affair.
Minnesota had the better squad during the regular season, for the most part; however, Los Angeles just got some reinforcements.
Forward Paul George rejoined the team in late March and has looked solid in his first five games back from injury. The Clippers are another team that probably can’t win the championship but could cause some problems for others.
The team is still missing Kawhi Leonard and faces a very tough path if it were to advance.
Tuesday’s game appears as if it could be tight, as the Wolves also have an amazing player in Karl-Anthony Towns. He led his side in points and rebounds, averaging almost 25 and 10.
FanDuel offers the Clippers at +3500 to win it all, with the Wolves’ odds at +6500.
Hawks vs. Hornets
Wednesday’s action gets started with the Hornets traveling to Atlanta. Again, the home team is favored to move on here, with the Hawks giving -4.5 in the spread.
For neutral fans who want to see a lot of scoring, this is the contest to watch. It doesn’t hurt that it includes two of the most impressive young point guards in the NBA as well.
Atlanta’s Trae Young put in over 28 points per game to give his team this opportunity. On the other side, LaMelo Ball is consistently making plays, averaging more than 20 points and around eight assists on the year.
This play-in has the highest game total of the four, set at 236 points right now on DraftKings.
Since these teams have no chance to do any better than the No. 8 spot, all of their championship futures are extremely long. The Miami Heat is waiting as the first-round opponent.
Atlanta’s odds are +18000, ahead of Charlotte at +50000.
Pelicans vs. Spurs
The last of the initial play-ins takes place in New Orleans with a tangle between the Pelicans and Spurs.
Despite not having their potential future star, Zion Williamson, the Pelicans played hard down the stretch and locked into the No. 9 spot.
San Antonio was another team dealing with a reduced roster but still managed to get in over the Los Angeles Lakers.
One now has a chance to get into the actual playoffs by taking this game. According to FanDuel, the Pels are laying -5, with a moneyline at -215. The Spurs are available to take outright at +180.
The addition of guard CJ McCollum has been massive for New Orleans, as he’s blended well with the likes of Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas.
San Antonio leans on Dejounte Murray to do a lot for it. He led all others on his team in points, assists and steals.
Bettors can take a chance on either team making a miracle run in the postseason with some very favorable odds. New Orleans has the slight edge at +37000 at FanDuel, while the Spurs are shown at +49000.