The last two remaining places in this year’s NBA playoffs are to be played for on Friday night, with the Atlanta Hawks playing the Cleveland Cavaliers before the New Orleans Pelicans face the Los Angeles Clippers.
Both contests comprise the teams who finished eighth and ninth in their respective conferences are the first round of “play in” games.
The Cavaliers were beaten 115-108 by the Brooklyn Nets despite Darius Garland hitting 34 points in the contest.
Kyrie Irving also scored 34 points, and they head straight through to the playoffs as the seventh seeds.
Now, the Cavaliers prepare to face the Hawks (Match betting – Cavaliers 5/4, Hawks 4/6), who thrashed the Charlotte Hornets 132-103 to book their place in the winner takes all contest.
Trae Young was the top points scorer for the eighth consecutive game, and now they will face the Cavaliers – a team they have beaten in each of their last three meetings.
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The second remaining play in game is between eighth seed LA Clippers and ninth seed New Orleans Pelicans (Match betting – Clippers 8/15, Pelicans 6/4) from the Western Conference.
The Clippers were edged out 109-104 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who secured a playoff place for just the second time in the last 18 years.
Paul George’s 34 points were all in vain, and now they face a Pelicans side who are looking to reach the playoffs for just the third time since being renamed in 2013.
They dispatched multiple NBA champions San Antonio Spurs 113-103, with CJ McCollum scoring 32 points and grabbing seven assists on his way to securing the win.
The Pelicans have won three of their four meetings with the Clippers this season.
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