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Free NBA Picks, Best Bets, and Parlays for the Play-In Games 4/15/22
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Free NBA Picks, Best Bets, and Parlays for the Play-In Games 4/15/22

Tonight will decide the final two teams for the first round of the NBA playoffs. The winners will advance as the #8 seeds in the two conferences.

We cashed our Best Bet on Wednesday as the Hawks covered the spread and eliminated the Hornets.. That improved our Best Bet of the Day record to 72-33 in 2022.

We went 2-0 betting the MoneyLine our overall record is 434-217.

Let’s dive into the two games and see what we can find worthwhile to bet.

*PAPA DUDES BEST BET* #9 Atlanta 43-39 (-2) at Cleveland 44-38: The Cavaliers spotted the Nets a 20-point head start in the first quarter, and spent the rest of the game trying to catch up, and actually outplayed Brooklyn for the final 3 quarters. This should give this struggling team some confidence heading into this game against the Hawks. Cleveland has lost 9 of their last 12 games and that is not the trend you want to be on when you are playing a must-win game. On the other hand, the Hawks are on a pretty good roll, and had an easy time dispatching Charlotte Wednesday night. I definitely think Atlanta has more talent and I’m going with them in a tight game. PAPA DUDES BEST BET: Hawks -2

*PAPA DUDES BEST BET* #9 New Orleans 36-46 at #8 LA Clippers 42-40 (-4): I thought that the Pelicans would be playing at Minnesota instead of LA, but the Clippers lost, and here they are in a must-win game. New Orleans completely turned their season around, after starting the season losing 17 of the their first 20 games. They are playing pretty well and they aren’t going to go down easy. They have 2 proven scorers in Brandon Ingram and C.J. McCollum and they are a handful. Meanwhile, the Clippers had a 5-game winning streak snapped in Minnesota, and that made this game necessary. They have Paul George healthy again and there are 11 players who are averaging at least 9 pts. per game. I think the Clippers are the better team and they have this one at home as well. PAPA DUDES PICK: Clippers -4


We will go with a hockey-basketball parlay tonight.

Leg 1: Atlanta (-2) at Cleveland: Bet Atlanta -2

Leg 2: New Orleans at LA Clippers (-4): Bet Los Angeles -4

Leg 3: New York Islanders at Montreal: Bet the MoneyLine on New York -150

Bet $10 for a Payout of 49.49

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