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NBA predictions: Hawks vs 76ers & Clippers vs Jazz

The NBA play-offs continue in the early hours of Tuesday morning with two Conference semi-finals locked at 2-1 in the series.

Atlanta Hawks trail to number one seeds Philadelphia 76ers in the East ahead of their second home game, while Los Angeles Clippers hope to level the series against Utah Jazz in the West.

We have scoured the markets and have found two NBA predictions for a double worth over 9/2.

Over 229.5 total match points in Hawks vs 76ers @ 5/4

The series is in the balance ahead of game four following the Sixers’ 127-111 victory at the State Farm Arena on Saturday.

Despite Atlanta guard Trae Young top-scoring with 28 points, Philadelphia ran out winners thanks to Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons combining for 67 points.

The only downside for the 76ers was the injury picked up by Danny Green, who is set to miss at least the next two weeks after an MRI scan revealed a right-calf strain.

Green has only posted nine points in the three games so far, but is a key cog in the Philadelphia defence and could hand the Hawks a boost in their bid to level series.

John Collins stepped up with 23 points for Atlanta in game three, with Clint Capela dominating the boards with 16 rebounds but only eight points.

The Hawks will be desperate to record victory in front of home support and the head-to-head clashes between the two teams in Georgia are usually entertaining.

The last five matches have yielded an average of 229.6 match points, which included the total of 238 on Saturday morning, so we’re hoping for more attacking talent to be on show.

Paul George to record double-double against Utah @ 6/4

Los Angeles got on the board with a convincing 132-106 victory at the Staples Center against the number one seeds of the Western Conference.

That was mainly down to star duo Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who combined for 65 points in Los Angeles.

Leonard recorded his fourth post-season double-double on Sunday morning, with a game-leading 34 points and 12 rebounds, in addition to five assists.

George was the second-highest scorer with 31 points and has six double-doubles from 10 play-off games so far this season.

The defeat was Utah’s first road-trip loss in five contests and they will want to get back on track as they target their maiden NBA title.

The Jazz have several big names, with All-Stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert shining, while Jordan Clarkson has also delivered in the absence of Mike Conley, who remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Los Angeles struggled in the opening two games of the series in Utah and will need Leonard and George to be in sync once again to ensure they are level on their return to Salt Lake City for game five.

Another George double-double could be the catalyst for the Clippers.

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