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The NBA regular season is over, but the excitement has just begun.
The NBA’s play-in tournament to determine the No. 7 and No. 8 playoff seeds in each conference starts tomorrow, with eight teams fighting for four spots. William Hill has odds up for the four matchups taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Eastern Conference will tip things off tomorrow, with the Hornets and Pacers serving as the No. 9 vs. No. 10 place game at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT on TNT. The winner of that contest will play the loser of the No. 7 vs. No. 8 game for the eighth seed on Thursday, while the loser’s season is finished.
The ninth-place Pacers (-150 moneyline) are 3-point home favorites over the Hornets (+130 ML), and the total is at 229.
In the nightcap at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on TNT, the Wizards and Celtics will be playing for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoff field. Boston (-125 ML) opened at -1 hosting Washington (+105), and has since moved up to -1.5. The total presently resides at 232.5.
“I can see the Wizards closing as the favorite,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “Jaylen Brown is out, and the Celtics just haven’t looked right for most of the year. The Wizards played great down the stretch, and they have one of the better backcourts in the league.”
The Western Conference has two clashes on Wednesday. At 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, the No. 10 Spurs take on the No. 9 Grizzlies in Memphis. The Grizzlies (-170 ML) are 3.5-point chalk over the Spurs (+150 ML) with the total at 222.
Then, a marquee showdown awaits later that evening, with the No. 8 Warriors and No. 7 Lakers colliding in Los Angeles. Even though they’re in the play-in tournament, the Lakers still have the second-lowest title odds at William Hill Nevada at +300 and are the +150 favorites to come out of the Western Conference.
The Lakers are the biggest favorites in any play-in tournament game, as Los Angeles (-190 ML) is laying 4.5 points over Golden State (+170 ML). The total is the lowest on the board at 220.5.
“Of the first four [play-in tournament games], Lakers-Warriors, without question, will be the biggest bet,” Bogdanovich said. “They’ll bet that one with both hands. Steph [Curry] obviously shot it like crazy at the end of the season. The Lakers are defending champs, and LeBron [James] is still a monster. This game is going to have a huge handle.”
William Hill Nevada also has series prices up for each of the No. 3 vs. No. 6 and No. 4 vs. No. 5 first-round series in both conferences.
In the Eastern Conference, the No. 3 Bucks are -320 over the No. 6 Heat (+260). The No. 5 Hawks are the only higher seed to be a favorite in their respective series, as Atlanta is -120 over the No. 4 Knicks (even-money odds).
Out in the Western Conference, the No. 4 Clippers are laying the heaviest price of any first-round series that has been released, as they’re -450 against the No. 5 Mavericks (+370). Meanwhile, the other Western Conference series is much tighter, with No. 3 Nuggets at -120 and the No. 6 Trail Blazers at even-money odds.
Check out William Hill Nevada’s latest odds for the upcoming NBA play-in tournament games below.