This will be the second meeting between these two teams in the past three days. Atlanta secured a thrilling one-point victory in the first matchup on Monday. Washington slipped in the standings with the loss but still has a chance to gain ground on the outsiders with a win in this affair.
Here’s how sportsbooks have set the opening Wizards-Hawks odds.
NBA Odds: Wizards-Hawks Odds
Washington Wizards +6 (-110)
Atlanta Hawks -6 (-110)
Over 240.5 Points (-110)
Under 240.5 Points (-110)
Why The Wizards Could Cover The Spread
The Washington Wizards have become one of the most competitive teams in the league, which was shown in their loss on Monday night. The Wizards were fighting back from deficits all night behind their leader, Russell Westbrook. Despite the loss, the performance from the Wiz was extremely impressive given the fact that leading scorer Bradley Beal was out of action.
Russell Westbrook has been the heart and soul of this team during its miraculous run over the past couple of months. Westbrook has been a walking triple-double and secured his 182nd career triple-double on Monday, which broke Oscar Robertson’s career record. Westbrook almost single-handedly carried his team to victory the other night and will look to replicate that performance in this game.
Bradley Beal will be sidelined for this game, which will almost certainly affect Washington’s offensive output. With over 30 points per game off the floor, the Wizards will have to compensate in other areas. Look for Russ to attack and create open looks for shooters in transition. If they can be stout on the defensive end, the Wizards have a chance to improve on their 13-3-1 record ATS in their last 17 games.
Why The Hawks Could Cover The Spread
The Atlanta Hawks are in a heated battle for seeding in the middle of the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have been a bit inconsistent lately, but are certainly bouncing back as they’ve gone 4-1 in their last five games to date. They’re also starting to get healthier as De’Andre Hunter made his return to the court on Monday after missing 24-straight games with a knee injury.
Atlanta had a great team performance in the win against the Wizards on Monday night. Trae Young led the way with 36 points, nine assists, and six rebounds. John Collins also added 28 points, eight boards, and two blocks in the win. The starting group had a solid collective effort, but the bench was definitely underwhelming in that game. Atlanta’s second group will certainly have to improve on the 19 bench-points.
Final Wizards-Hawks Prediction & Pick
One way or another, this game is set to feature a ton of points. These teams have been two of the highest-scoring groups in the league over the past five games. The game on Monday would’ve crushed this total and this one will be played at a very similar pace. Washington has scored at least 116 points in each of their last 10 games played and has surpassed 130 points five times during that stretch as well. Atlanta’s offense is clicking as they’ve scored at least 123 points in each of their last four games coming in. The over is 4-1 in the last five head-to-head matchups between these two teams in Atlanta.
FINAL PICK: Over 240.5 Points (-110)