Getting the top seed after a long NBA season is quite an accomplishment, but it really means nothing once you get to the playoffs. After all, who remembers the winners of each conference by the time the champion is crowned? The postseason requires that a team develop a killer instinct in order to move on, and that is something that the Atlanta Hawks appear to be missing at the moment.
Atlanta vs Washington: NBA Odds Analysis and Game Preview
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Venue: Philips Arena
Opening Line: Atlanta -9.5
The timing was certainly good for the Hawks offense, as they had to be solid to keep up with what the Wizards were doing in Game 4. Bradley Beal and Paul Pierce in particular were on fire. The irony here was that Pierce looked as though he wasn’t going to miss a shot all night until he was presented with one that really mattered. With just 6 seconds left on the clock, Pierce had a wide open 3-point opportunity that would have tied things up, but it was one that he squandered. That single shot may well have changed the whole momentum of the series, especially with the teams now having to play 2 of the final 3 games in the series at Phillips Arena in Atlanta. The Wizards have to feel that Game 4 was one that they let get away.
Key Online Betting Trends
Atlanta is 3-8-1 ATS in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 6 games
Washington is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington’s last 6 games
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
This is a series that looks destined to go 7 games, as neither team has really asserted any sort of dominance over the other. You have to give the edge to the Hawks with those 2 home games to come, and I think they get the win on Wednesday night.