NBA Tips & Betting Preview | Thursday 29 April

Atlanta Hawks (34-28) at Philadelphia 76ers (40-21)

After big wins over the Bucks and Heat, the Hawks were flat against the Pistons last time out in their 100-86 loss. Their offence is without Trae Young at the moment so it’s a tough ask for the undermanned Hawks at the moment. Especially in a tough defensive matchup against the 76ers.

Coming off 4 straight losses, the 76ers got back on track against the injury-riddled Thunder last time out in a crushing 121-90 result. Overall, the 76ers have been tough to beat at home this season with a 23-7 record and their injury list is looking healthy at the moment. So they’ll be expected to cruise past the Hawks.

With the Hawks missing key players, they’ll likely struggle to score over 100 pts against the 76ers. So we do like the look of the Under, which is also 9-3 in the 76ers last 12 games. Under is also 6-3 in the Hawks last 9.

Stadium Record

The 76ers are 3-2 in their last 5 home games. The Hawks have won 8 of 12 in Philadelphia.

Head to Head Record

The Hawks won the first meeting of the season 112-94. Since 2018, the head to head is locked at 5-5.

Best Bet

Under 220 pts $1.91

Los Angeles Lakers (36-25) at Washington Wizards (27-34)

The Lakers head to Washington on the back of a fairly comfortable win over the Magic 114-103. However, they’re still missing LeBron James and Anthony Davis has just returned from injury. He looked solid against the Magic but is listed as questionable for this matchup. Dennis Schroder has also been playing through injury but gets a good matchup against the leaky Wizards defence here.

Meanwhile, the Wizards 8 game winning streak came to end in a thrilling & high scoring affair with the Spurs (146-143). Westbrook recorded another triple-double with 22 pts, 13 rebounds and 14 assists. However, the main problem with the Wizards is their defence so they’ll look to improve against the Lakers.

With the Wizards involved, the Over is usually a good bet and we like it here as well. The two teams put up 251 points in the late February matchup. The Over is also 6-2 in the Lakers last 8 road games.

Stadium Record

Washington has won 5 of their last 6 at home. The Lakers hold a poor 1-5 record at this venue.

Head to Head Record

The two teams met in LA this season and the Wizards pulled off a 127-124 upset. Since 2015, the Wizards have also won 6 of 10 meetings.

Best Bet

Over 220.5 pts $1.71

Los Angeles Clippers (43-20) at Phoenix Suns (43-18)

The Clippers will be eager to rebound after a disappointing 120-103 loss to the Pelicans in their latest game. They’re missing Kawhi Leonard at the moment and he’s also doubtful to play in this matchup. So they’ll need a huge outing from Paul George who struggled against the Pelicans.

The Suns are back on their home court after a 5 game road trip to the East as they won 3 of 5 games. Devin Booker has been on fire in their last 2 games, hitting the 30+ pt mark in both games. However, the Clippers defence struggles against centres so Ayton will look to dominate in the paint.

Phoenix should enjoy being back on their home court after a long road-trip and they look hard to beat. The Clippers are missing Leonard and come off a bad loss against the Pelicans. So we’ll take the home team to cover as they hold a 17-8 ATS record in Phoenix and have won 10 of 11 at this venue.

Stadium Record

The Suns are a strong 10-1 at home in their last 11 games. The Clippers have a nice 8-1 record at this venue.

Head to Head Record

In early April, the Clippers beat the Suns 113-103 and hold an 8-2 head to head record since 2018.

Best Bet

Suns -2.5 $1.85