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NBA - US Sports: Hawks and Pelicans keep play-off hopes alive

Atlanta Hawks thrashed Charlotte Hornets 132-103 in the Eastern Conference 9-10 play-in game to set up a showdown with Cleveland Cavaliers, while New Orleans Pelicans overcame San Antonio Spurs.

Atlanta are 5/7 to win in the Money Line at Cleveland, while the Cavs can be backed at 6/5.

Hawks struggling to match 2021

The Hawks reached the Eastern Conference finals last season but have endured a frustrating campaign this year after finishing in ninth place. 

However, Atlanta still have a chance to reach the playoffs and they will take on Cleveland for the eighth seed on Friday night at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. 

Atlanta led 32-23 at the end of the first quarter against Charlotte and went on to record a convincing victory, despite LaMelo Ball's game-high 26 points for the Hornets.

Trae Young had 24 points and 11 assists for the Hawks, forward De'Andre Hunter added 22 points and Clint Capela record a double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds.

If Atlanta manage to overcome the Cavs they will take on Miami Heat in the first round.

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Pelicans still going out West

In the Western Conference, New Orleans Pelicans will take on Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth seed after they claimed a 113-103 win over San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

CJ McCollum led the scoring with 32 points for the Pelicans, Brandon Ingram weighed in with 27 and center Jonas Valanciunas had 22 and 14 rebounds.

The winner of the game between New Orleans and the Pelicans will take on Western Conference top seeds Phoenix Suns in the first round.

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