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NBA predictions: 76ers vs Hawks & Jazz vs Clippers

It is getting to the crunch point of the NBA play-offs with two Conference semi-finals locked at 2-2 after two home games each.

Number one seeds Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz return to home-court advantage in the Eastern and Western side of the draw, against Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers respectively.

Here we have picked out two NBA predictions from those contests to couple up for a double worth over 21/10.

Joel Embiid combined total of over 43.5 points, assists and rebounds @ 10/11

Philadelphia will be reeling after letting an 18-point lead late in the third quarter slip as Atlanta levelled at 2-2 ahead of their two-game road trip to the Wells Fargo Center.

Atlanta guard Trae Young led the field with 25 points and an impressive 18 assists and was ably supported by Bogdan Bogdanovic, who poured in 22 points.

Clint Capela and John Collins both contributed with double-doubles as the Hawks hit back with a confidence-boosting victory as the fifth seeds of the Eastern Conference continue to battle with the Sixers.

Embiid had arguably his quietest night of the series so far in game four but still managed to pour in 17 points and a huge 21 rebounds as he shows his end-of-season MVP credentials.

The Cameroonian center is who we focus on for our selection as the 27-year-old continues to lead Philadelphia on and off the court.

Embiid’s total in game four for points, assists and rebounds was 42, which was his lowest in the series to date after combined scores of 52, 55 and 44 in the three matches prior.

He does have a slight knee issue which could affect him, but we are confident he can record over 43.5 in front of home support.

Utah Jazz to beat Los Angeles Clippers @ 4/6

Los Angeles fought back from 2-0 down to level the Western Conference semi-finals with the Jazz thanks to the performances of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Leonard hit a 34-point double-double and followed that by pouring in 31 points in game four to inspire the Clippers before a return to Salt Lake City.

George was equally impressive with 31 points in each contest at the Staples Center and Clippers’ fans will be desperate for the star duo to maintain that form in Utah.

Los Angeles lost by three and six points in the first two games but dominated on home court so will be confident going into game five.

However, the Vivint Smart Home Arena will be roared on by over 18,000 fans, which could inspire Donovan Mitchell to produce even better performances.

The shooting guard scored 30 and 37 points respectively at the Staples Center but was better in Utah, scoring 45 and 37 in the first two contests.

Joe Ingles has dialled in from behind the arc, Rudy Gobert has dominated the boards and Jordan Clarkson previously stepped up his game in front of Utah fans, in the absence of Mike Conley.

The Jazz have only lost six games at home this campaign – five in the regular season and one play-off fixture – and it is hard not to see them coming out on top.

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