O'Sullivan's Sunday NBA Pick: Pelicans vs Hawks – Will Trae Young play? Brandon Ingram won't

In a battle between a pelican and a hawk, we don't think it ends well for the pelican.

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O'Sullivan's Sunday NBA Pick: Pelicans vs Hawks – Will Trae Young play? Brandon Ingram won't

New Orleans Pelicans at Atlanta Hawks, 6 pm Eastern.

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Seattle O’Sullivan 2021-2022 NBA Season so far: 189-208-7, -$630.29

(Last Night: 0-1, -$11)

(Standing Caveat: The universe is chaotic. Life is unpredictable. Things happen. Like injuries. And COVID protocols. In following Seattle O’Sullivan’s betting advice, be advised that you should always monitor your bets during the day to make certain unforeseen things have not occurred which might change your wagering opinion. Thank you.)

New Orleans Pelicans at Atlanta Hawks, 6 pm Eastern

The Pick: Atlanta -165, bet $33 to win $20; Atlanta -3.5 (-110), bet $11 to win $10

Atlanta has had a sobering season coming off of last year’s success, but they’re still in the playoff hunt. The Hawks hold the tenth and last spot in the Eastern Conference, just a half-game behind Charlotte for the ninth spot. The ninth spot would host the tenth spot in the first play-in game. I suspect Atlanta would like to host that game, in part because of how well they’re playing at home right now. They’ve won seven games in a row in Atlanta, and are a solid 23-13 at home overall (19-17). With only twelve games left in the regular season, every game matters to the Hawks. Star Trae Young is listed as day-to-day but I suspect given the circumstances, he’ll play. New Orleans is in the same situation - tenth-seed in the West, a half-game out of ninth spot. The difference is, their superstar Brandom Ingram is out with a hamstring injury. I think the Hawks hold serve on their court.

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