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NBA: Nets, Pelicans among favorites in play-in

/ 06:22 PM April 12, 2022
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Kevin Durant #7 high-fives Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center on April 08, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Nets won 118-107. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

The New Orleans Pelicans and Brooklyn Nets are oddsmakers’ biggest favorites to win their opening games in the NBA play-in tournament this week. Basketball bettors like them the most, too.

The Nets, the Eastern Conference’s No. 7 seed, are 8.5-point favorites (-400 moneyline) at both BetMGM and DraftKings to beat the No. 8 Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night at home.

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Per DraftKings, the Nets were seeing 93 percent of the handle and 89 percent of the total bets to win on the moneyline.

Despite having the No. 7 seed, the Nets are in fact one of the handful of favorites to win the championship. Buoyed by stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving — who now can play home games thanks to New York lifting its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the private sector — the Nets have the third-shortest odds at both BetMGM and DraftKings to win the whole thing.

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The Nets are +600 at DraftKings and +700 at BetMGM as of Monday evening. In both cases, they trail only the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks.

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CJ McCollum #3 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half at Crypto.com Arena on February 27, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Michael Owens/Getty Images/AFP

Bettors at DraftKings also like the Pelicans (-210), the No. 9 seed in the Western Conference, to beat the 10th-seeded San Antonio Spurs. New Orleans has received 62 percent of the handle and 64 percent of the total bets. But against the spread, the Spurs are five-point underdogs and attracting 77 percent of the handle at DraftKings.

BetRivers said 98.3 percent of the money on Spurs-Pelicans (moneyline) was going toward New Orleans. Similarly, the Nets were picking up 97.75 percent of the handle to win moneyline and the Atlanta Hawks, the No. 9 seed in the East, were responsible for 96.28 percent of the handle to beat the 10th-seeded Charlotte Hornets outright.

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