Atlanta Hawks vs Washington Wizards Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-2-2018




Atlanta Hawks vs  Washington Wizards	Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-2-2018

Atlanta Hawks (11-25) vs Washington Wizards (14-23)

Date : 01/02/2019
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Atlanta Hawks vs Washington Wizards

The Atlanta Hawks will travel to Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, to face the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Both teams represent the cellar of the Southwest Division of the Eastern Conference as Atlanta is currently five games behind the Wizards for the fourth place slot in the division. After winning two straight games, however, the Hawks took a step back by losing to the Indiana Pacers in their last outing as the Hawks were simply not able to maintain any kind of consistency on the defensive end as they allowed the Pacers to shoot over 50% from the floor on the night while also connecting on 11 three points en route to the victory. The Hawks, on the other hand, nailed 13 3-pointers on the night, yet shot only 43% from the field as Kevin Huerter, John Collins, along with Alex Len, led the team with 22, 21, along with 19 points, respectively in defeat.

The Washington Wizards halted a three-game losing streak as they picked up a win over the Charlotte Hornets at home as the Hornets shot over 50% from the field on the night while also connecting on 13 3-pointers; However, the road team committed 16 turnovers for the night in what was a back-and-forth game throughout. Nonetheless, the under has been to play in the last 4 meetings at Capital One Center amongst these two teams.

 

Atlanta Hawks 's Latest Performance :

The Hawks have allowed at least 115 points to their opponents in three of their last four outings as they allowed 116 points to the balance scoring attack of the Indiana Pacers in their last outing as the Pacers also shot 50% on the night while connecting on 11 3-pointers, total.  Atlanta, on the other hand, made good on 13 3-pointers on the night yet shot 43% from the floor as Kevin Huerter went 6 – 9 from 3-point range while ending the game with 22 points along with John Collins also chipping in 22 points while pulling down 16 rebounds for Atlanta. Alex Lin also chipped in 17 points along with six rebounds for an Atlanta Hawks team that halted a two game winning streak with the loss.

Nonetheless, Atlanta will be looking to get back on the winning track versus a Washington Wizards team to which they are chasing within the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference, with Washington a full five games ahead at this point in the season. Look for Atlanta to continue to push the pace versus a Washington defense that has proven that defense will certainly not one of their strong points throughout the season. In fact, Washington is allowing 118 points per game to opponents while allowing them to shoot a tad under 48% from the floor in 2018.

 

Washington Wizards 's Latest Performance :

The Washington Wizards will certainly be looking to extend the momentum of their last win at home vs Charlotte Hornets, to where they put up 130 points in the game, versus the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. In other words, the Wizards certainly came out of a funk of their own on the offensive end by shooting over 50% from the field on the night while nailing 13 3-pointers as newly-acquired Trevor Ariza pumped in 24 points for the Wizards while Thomas Bryant chipped in 21 points in the winning effort as well. Bradley Beal went 7 – 19 from the floor while ending with 20 points in the win while John Wall is out for the season due to a heel injury.

On the other hand, the Wizards continue to not play any defense, at all, as they allowed Charlotte to shoot over 50% from the field as well as Kemba Walker had 47 points on the night as he went 6-9 from three-point range while Marvin Williams chipped in 17 points along with 7 rebounds for the Hornets in  defeat. Washington will certainly be looking to atone for an 8-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks on the 18th of December as they may indeed have some success as they are winners of three of their last four home games, overall. Nonetheless, the Hawks are also winners of three of their last four games on the road and will like nothing better than to win their third game in four outings.

 

How Atlanta Hawks & Washington Wizards Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Atlanta is 16 – 20 against the spread while the OU is  20 – 16

Washington is 13 – 24 against the spread while the OU is 22 – 15

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Look for the Washington Wizards to get much better play from Bradley Beal along with Trevor Ariza moving forward, particularly with John Wall on the bench with injury. On the other hand, look for Collins and Company for the Atlanta Hawks, to continue to put in solid performances on the offensive end in this matchup versus a generous Washington Wizards team.  In all, expect for this to be a high-scoring matchup as well as both teams have not only put points on the board for their respective teams, but, have also allowed opponents to score at will in the meantime.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Atlanta Hawks

My reason for the pick :

 

I will back the Hawks in this matchup as they have done pretty well for themselves on the road while also picking up the win versus the Wizards in their last time out less than two weeks prior. With that being the case, the Hawks will certainly pull away from the Wizards due to their ability to constantly push the ball in which to obtain easy buckets in transition. It is for this reason that the Hawks will pick up a convincing victory over a Washington team that continues to reel while showing no signs of improvement.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Over

My reason for the prediction :

The over has been the play in four of the last six road games for the Atlanta Hawks while also being the result in four of the last five home games for the Washington Wizards, overall. With that being the case, also expect the over to be the play in this contest as both teams, as stated, has had a tendency in which to give up too many points to their opponents lately.

Betting trends for Atlanta Hawks :

  • Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games.
    Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

Betting trends for Washington Wizards :

  • Wizards are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
    Wizards are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
    Wizards are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.