Finishing a win shy of the half-century mark, John Wall and the Wizards earned the right to play the fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs. There was a clear separation between the top four teams and the rest of the East all season so despite this being a close seeding matchup, the Wizards will hope to make quick work of a Hawks team they’ve beaten in three consecutive meetings.
– Shark BITES
- The visiting team is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games in this matchup.
- The favored team is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games in this matchup.
- John Wall shot .329 from the field in his 4 games against the Hawks this season.
Opening as the five-point favorites in Game 1, the Wizards, who were one of the best home teams in the Association all season, are expected to breeze through the Hawks in their games in D.C. Washington went on a midseason 17-game winning streak at the Verizon Center this year to boost the franchise back into relevance and if that success in the nation’s capital continues, the Wiz could make a run to the Eastern Conference Finals.
That said, John Wall struggled against Atlanta in the 2016-17 campaign and Washington may have to lean more on guys like Bradley Beal (23.1 points per game) if the superstar point guard continues to be unable to find his stroke against the Hawks.
The two teams are fairly balanced in terms of offensive and defensive points scoring per game so this best-of-seven may really come down to which bench has the better series.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Washington Wizards opened as -5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 210 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.
Odds – Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 110-103 win for the Wizards on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
Atlanta Hawks vs Washington Wizards Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Washington Wizards bring a 49-33 record (42-39-1 ATS) to the battle against the 43-39 Atlanta Hawks, who are 39-43 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen Washington Wizards go 50-31-1 so far and the Atlanta Hawks go 32-48-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Atlanta injuries news.
The betting Power Rankings at Odds – Shark have the No. 23-rated Atlanta Hawks taking on the No. 13-rated Washington Wizards in this NBA contest.
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Washington’s No. 23-rated NBA squad against Atlanta’s No. 8-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Washington rates No. 16 in the league with 9.22 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 20 with 8.89 per outing.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Hawks endured a 104-86 loss at the hands of the Pacers on Wednesday, despite a 15-point effort from Ersan Ilyasova at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Washington got 27 points from Trey Burke en route to a 110-102 loss against Miami on Wednesday at American Airlines Arena.
- Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Atlanta’s last 15 games
- Atlanta is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Washington is 8-14-1 ATS in its last 23 games
- The total has gone OVER in 16 of Washington’s last 23 games
- Washington is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
- Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Atlanta at Washington, Wednesday, April 19th