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|TOP BETS TODAY|
|7:30pm||Atlanta Hawks @ Miami Heat||ATL +5|
|10:00pm||Minnesota Timberwolves @ Los Angeles Lakers||Over 232|
Eastern Conference – Play-In Tournament:
#8 Atlanta Hawks (41-41) @ #7 Miami Heat (44-38) – TNT
The 2023 NBA Playoffs are underway on Tuesday night, as the Hawks head to Miami to battle it out against the Heat who have won 3 of 4 regular season meetings.
Miami has the continuity of essentially the same roster as last season, when they entered the postseason in the top-seed in the East.
But the 2022-2023 season has been a different story for the Heat, who rank dead-last in PPG (109), despite finishing in the middle of the pack in that category just a year ago.
The Hawks made a big splash this offseason ponying up (3) 1st-Rounders to pluck Dejounte Murray from the Spurs, and also made a bit of noise at the trade deadline, by acquiring Saddiq Bey in a 4-team deal.
These moves have boosted the offensive output for Atlanta who are Top-3 in the NBA at 118 PPG.
Road games have been the Achilles heel of the Hawks all season, but I’ll take the offensive upside in this matchup and like them to win outright.
PICK: Hawks +5
Western Conference – Play-In Tournament:
#8 Minnesota Timberwolves (42-40) @ #7 Los Angeles Lakers (43-39) – TNT
As Rudy Gobert was busy punching teammate Kyle Anderson in Minnesota’s home finale, the Lakers were polishing off a 4-1 April where they averaged 127 PPG. (Gobert won’t be traveling in a team-imposed suspension)
The Timberwolves find themselves in a hole as 8.5-point underdogs against the suddenly surging Lakers, who finished the season as winners of 9 of 11.
This lopsided spread looks more unpredictable than the total, since both teams can really fill it up, and the line keeps moving as I type this. I snagged some at 231.5 but would take the Over up to 234 or more.
This game will fall heavily on the shoulders of Anthony Edwards for the T-Wolves, who look to keep pace in Los Angeles and avoid a blowout.
But I’m expecting an offensive treat in the TNT nightcap, popping the cork for the 2023 Playoffs, which seems long overdue by this point in the grueling NBA regular season.
PICK: Over 232
NBA Parlay of the Day (+440)
|7:30pm||Atlanta Hawks @ Miami Heat||ATL ML (+180)|
|10:00pm||Minnesota Timberwolves @ Los Angeles Lakers||Over 232 (-110)|