Atlanta Vs Washington Odds, Pick & TV InfoNoah Williams
John Wall and the fourth-seeded Washington Wizards will look to reach brand new heights in the postseason when they kick off their playoff run by hosting the fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of their first round Eastern Conference playoff series on Sunday. Now, let’s find out if Wall and the Wizards can get the win and ATS cover.
No. 5 Atlanta Hawks Vs No. 4 Washington Wizards Odds, Pick & TV Info
The Wizards are solid 4.5-point home favorites when this game goes down on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET, live from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. while airing live on TNT.
When: Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
Spread: Washington -4.5
Why Bet The Atlanta Hawks Odds at +4.5
The best reason to bet on the Hawks in Game 1 is because they can apparently beat anyone! All jokes aside, Atlanta went 4-1 over their final five regular season games while beating top-seeded Boston and conference favorite Atlanta, twice, over the stretch.
While the Hawks ranked just 22nd in points allowed (103.2 ppg) and finished in the bottom third in every other major offensive statistical category, they did rank an impressive 10th in rebounding and an identical 10th in points allowed (104.0 ppg) and even more impressive fifth in defensive field goal percentage (44.4%).
While Atlanta didn’t have a player make the all-star squad this season, they do have an impressive six players that average double figures in scoring, including center Dwight Howard who averaged a double-double of 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds per game.
Why Bet The Washington Wizards Odds at -4.5
The best reason o bet on the Wizards in Game 1 is that they struggled down the stretch and surely want to get their postseason started by delivering a very real message to the Hawks. While the Wizards lost two of their final three regular season games while falling to Miami both times, Washington also handed the Cleveland Cavaliers an emphatic 127-115 loss on March 25 that tells me they can play with anyone.
The Wizards also have one of the best backcourts in the league in point guard John Wall (23.1 ppg) and shooting guard Bradley Beal (23.1 ppg) and have a quartet of other veteran players that all average double figures in Markieff Morris, Otto Porter Jr., Bojan Bogdanovic and Marcin Gortat. Washington finished ninth in scoring (109.2 ppg), but an uninspiring 21st in points allowed (107.4 ppg). Still, the Wizards finished third in field goal shooting percentage (47.5%) and eighth in three-point shooting percentage (37.2%).
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Washington has won three straight over Atlanta, but two of their three wins came by four points or less. Nevertheless, I’m going to advise you to back John Wall and the Wizards to get the win and ATS cover over a Hawks team that lost to pitiful Brooklyn twice over their last 10 games.
Atlanta is 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games against teams from the Southeast Division and just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up loss.
Conversely, Washington has gone 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against their Eastern Conference counterparts and a robust 21-10-1 ATS in their last 32 games following an ATS win. The Washington Wizards get the win and ATS cover in Game 1.
My final score prediction is Washington 106 Atlanta 100