NBA Playoffs: Odds, Trends for Both Friday Games

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The top seeds in each NBA conference are fighting for their seasons on the road tonight.

In the first game, the 76ers will try to force a Game 7 against the Hawks at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on ESPN. Then the Jazz will attempt the same at Staples Center, facing off vs. the Clippers at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on ESPN.

Even with 3-2 series leads and possessing homecourt advantage tonight, both the Hawks and Clippers are home underdogs at William Hill.

“There’s two-way action on both of these games,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading at William Hill US. “After how Milwaukee played in their elimination game, [bettors] may think that teams whose backs are against the wall will come out with a big effort. It looks like the masses are slightly leaning toward the road favorites, but with some trepidation.”

The 76ers blew 18- and 26-point leads respectively in Games 4 and 5, turning a 2-1 series advantage into a 2-3 deficit. In fact, the Hawks’ live moneyline in Game 5 was as high as 35/1 at William Hill. Yet, Philadelphia (-155 on the moneyline) is still 3-point road chalk over Atlanta (+135 ML) with the total at 223.

“Right now, we’re slightly high on the Sixers but nothing major,” Bogdanovich said. “The sharps bet that line up from 2.5 to 3, that was all professional money. A lot of people might end up playing Sixers first half since they seem to get a lead no problem, but holding it is another story.”

The majority of William Hill bettors are backing Philadelphia to bounce back. The 76ers have captured 61% of the total number of tickets and 70% of the total dollars wagered among all spread bets against the Hawks, as well as 54% of the total number of tickets and 62% of the total dollars wagered among all moneyline bets.

For this total, the under has been the more popular play with 52% of the total number of tickets and 64% of the total dollars wagered.

In their first game without Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers pulled off the 119-111 Game 5 upset over the Jazz in Salt Lake City. The Jazz have injury issues of their own, though, with both Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley questionable for Game 6.

Utah (-130 ML) is still a 2-point road favorite over Los Angeles (+110 ML), while the total has increased by 1.5 points from 219 to 220.5.

William Hill bettors are aligned on the spread, but not on the moneyline. The Jazz have attracted 66% of the total number of tickets and 69% of the total dollars wagered for all spread bets. The Clippers, however, have generated 58% of the total dollars wagered for moneyline while each team has gotten 50% of the total number of tickets in that category.

That is highlighted by one Nevada bettor who put $10,000 on Clippers moneyline +105 for a total potential payout of $20,500.

Meanwhile, the over has gotten most of the action on the total so far with 76% of the total number of tickets and 84% of the total dollars wagered.

Check out William Hill’s latest odds and trends for tonight’s Game 6s in the NBA Playoffs.

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