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Hawks Have Been Awful as Road Underdogs

The Washington Wizards looked like a team that was poised to make a deep playoff run in the Eastern Conference through the first two games of their first-round series with the Atlanta Hawks, but after dropping Games 3 and 4 in Georgia it’s all of a sudden a brand new series for both clubs. Sportsbooks opened the Wiz as 5.5-point home favorites with an OVER/UNDER of 212.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Hawks are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games on the road.
  • The Wizards are 6-1 SU in their last seven games at home.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the Hawks' last five games on the road against the Wizards.

Atlanta emerged as the more aggressive team in the last two contests and won by an average of 14 points. Power forward Paul Millsap has been the MVP for the Hawks so far, averaging 23.5 points and 8.8 rebounds in the series. Millsap and the rest of the Hawks frontcourt have been dominating Washington on the interior and they’ll need to keep up the pace in order to collect a third consecutive win.

Speaking of the interior, Washington was outscored in the paint by a combined 104-64 in Games 3 and 4. Wizards center Marcin Gortat did his part by grabbing 18 rebounds but the Poland native was only able to put two points on the board.

Betting on Atlanta as a road underdog has been a bad idea lately. In the Hawks’ last nine contests when labeled as road pups, they’re a brutal 1-8 SU.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Washington Wizards installed as -5.5-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 212.

A 108-104 result in favor of the Wizards is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Atlanta Hawks vs Washington Wizards Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Atlanta Hawks will try to spoil the party on Wednesday; they are 41-45 ATS against the betting spread this NBA season, while the Washington Wizards are 44-41-1 ATS. Atlanta is 34-49-3 vs the betting total points scored; Washington is 52-32-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Atlanta injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Washington Wizards rated this week at No. 13 and the Atlanta Hawks sitting at No. 23.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Washington's No. 5-ranked offense averaging 109.01 PPG, against a Atlanta Hawks defense that ranks No. 11 at 104.08 PPG. The Washington Wizards field goal percentage has averaged 47.3% so far, more than the Atlanta Hawks shooters have achieved on the year, 45.11% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Atlanta is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Atlanta is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Atlanta is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Washington is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games at home

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