Atlanta Vs Washington NBA Expert Picks
After manhandling their Eastern Conference rivals 114-107 in Game 1 on Sunday, John Wall and the fourth-seeded Washington Wizards will look to duplicate their feat when they take on the fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Now, let’s find out if Wall and the Wizards can get their second straight win and ATS cover after performing just as I predicted in Game 1. Find the updated NBA betting predictions here.
In Depth Analysis On The Atlanta Hawks Vs Washington Wizards NBA Expert Picks
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
Live Stream: Watch NBA
NBA Odds: Washington -6.5 / Total: 210.5
The Wizards are solid 6.5-point home favorites while the total sits at 210.5 points when this game goes down on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET, live from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. while airing live on NBA TV.
Why Bet The Atlanta Hawks Odds at +6.5
The best reason to bet on the Hawks in Game 2 is that they’ll almost surely play with more urgency after getting snacked around by Washington on Sunday. Atlanta got a team-high 25 point from blossoming point guard Dennis Schroeder and 19 point from forward Paul Millsap, but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks were limited to 28.0 percent shooting from three-point distance (7-for-25) while turning the ball over a whopping 21 times.
The Hawks shot a whopping 39 free throws in the loss, but complained about Washington’s defensive tactics afterward.
“We were playing basketball. They were playing MMA,” Millsap said.
Another good reason to bet on the Hawks is that they have a well-balanced offense that features an impressive six double-digit scorers and still have an elite rebounder in Dwight Howard (12.7 rpg).
Why Bet The Washington Wizards Odds at -6.5
The best reason on bet on the Wizards in Game 2 is that they have a team leader that doesn’t back down from anyone in all-star point guard JohnWall, not to mention more quality scorers and a deeper bench than the Hawks.
Wall scored a game-high 32 points and dished out a stellar 14 assists in the win while backcourt mate Bradley Beal added 22 points and Markieff Morris, 21 points. Wall scored 15 points in the third quarter as Washington turned a 48-45 at halftime deficit into an 86-74 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“I’ve seen it enough and I know now just to keep my mouth shut,” Washington head coach Scott Brooks said of Wall afterward.” Let him take over the game.”
Last but not least, another great reason to back Washington in Game 2 is that the Wizards also have an elite offense that averaged 109.2 points per game during the regular season to rank fifth overall.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Washington has won four straight over Atlanta and they’re my pick to win and cash in again in Game 2, mostly because the Hawks can’t keep up with them in the scoring department and just don’t have enough heart to challenge the super-scrappy Wizards.
Atlanta is 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games against teams from the Southeast Division and just 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss.
Conversely, Washington has gone 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against their Eastern Conference counterparts and a robust 22-10-1 ATS in their last 33 games following an ATS win. The Washington Wizards get the win and narrow ATS cover in Game 2.
My final score prediction is Washington 112 Atlanta 105