NBA Play-In Picks: Kevin Huerter, Brandon Ingram, Hawks-Cavs SGP

The final two NBA postseason berths get handed out on Friday night.

The Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers face off for the Eastern Conference No. 8 seed. The New Orleans Pelicans visit the Los Angeles Clippers in the nightcap for the Western Conference No. 8 seed.

Atlanta owns a 3-1 record against Cleveland this season and it has benefited from red-hot three-point shooting in those matchups.

Kevin Huerter has been in solid form from three-point range and he could keep that going on Friday night.

As for the Western Conference game, it is all about the stars, which is why I'm running with a Brandon Ingram prop.

DraftKings is offering a risk free Same Game Parlay for the play-in round, so I opted for one out of the Hawks-Cavs game based on a handful of recent trends.

NBA Play-In Picks

Overall Record: 2-4

Kevin Huerter Over 2.5 Threes (+115)

Sometimes it is just best to ride the hot hand.

Kevin Huerter has been a three-point machine for the Atlanta Hawks over the last few weeks.

Huerter nailed his three-point prop early on Wednesday in the win over Charlotte and he hit five threes in his last game against Cleveland on March 31.

Huerter finished the regular season with three or more threes in six of his last nine games and he cleared the prop in his last two outings against the Cavs.

He could play an even more important role if Bogdan Bogdanovic is banged up. Bogdanovic suffered a minor ankle injury in the second half on Friday.

Cleveland will focus on Trae Young and that should allow players like Huerter and De'Andre Hunter to thrive in increased scoring roles.

Risk Free SGP (+900)

Trae Young 30+ points

Darius Garland 25+ points

De'Andre Hunter 15+ points

Kevin Huerter 3+ Threes

I have a much better gauge on what Atlanta's lineup will look like than Cleveland's setup.

Trae Young attempted 24 field goals on Wednesday and managed to score 24 points despite only making eight of those shots.

Young should get off to a better start on Friday, which helps the 30+ point angle.

Darius Garland will be Cleveland's main scorer and I expect him to try and match Young's output from the backcourt. That is the only part of the Cavs rotation I can count on. Jarrett Allen's return makes me a bit wary on Evan Mobley, Lauri Markkanen and Kevin Love.

De'Andre Hunter had 22 points against the Hornets. He could be Atlanta's second scorer with or without Bogdanovic, especially if Clint Capela is occupied by Allen or Mobley.

Huerter's been on fire from three-point range and I have to run with that piece until he cools off from beyond the arc.

Brandon Ingram Over 24.5 Points (-105)

I'm keeping my pick for the late game as simple as possible.

Brandon Ingram, C.J. McCollum and Paul George will take a majority of the shots.

Ingram scored 27 points in Wednesday's win over San Antonio despite facing foul trouble.

He and McCollum combined to attempt 42 of the Pelicans' 81 field goals.

A handful of role players could get involved. but I'm sticking with the stars to perform with a playoff spot on the line.

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