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Philips Arena has Haunted Wizards

It took them two games, but the Atlanta Hawks finally snapped out of their funk in Game 3 and cut the deficit in their first-round series with the Washington Wizards to 2-1. With Game 4 set for Monday, oddsmakers initially set the Wiz as 2.5-point underdogs with a total of 212.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in three of the Wizards' last four games.
  • The Hawks are 5-0 SU in their last five games at home.
  • The visiting team is 0-4 SU in its last four games in this matchup.

The Hawks looked like a totally different team in the 116-98 win, as Paul Millsap led the way with 29 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. The power forward attempted nine free throws in the win, which caused the Wizards’ Markieff Morris to suggest Millsap’s past comments about Washington “playing MMA” gave him the benefit of the doubt in the referees’ eyes.

Getting out to a good start will be crucial for the Wizards, as Washington opened the game in a 19-4 hole. Morris, who got thoroughly outplayed by Millsap, won’t have any excuses if the latter is able to duplicate the Game 3 effort.

Washington has historically been terrible at Philips Arena, going 4-18 SU in its last 22 trips to Atlanta.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Atlanta Hawks opened as -3-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 211.5 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 109-106 result in favor of the Hawks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Washington Wizards vs Atlanta Hawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Atlanta Hawks sport a record of 44-41 and 40-45 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Washington Wizards sit at 51-34 and 44-40-1 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 34-49-2 for the Atlanta Hawks and 52-32-1 for the Washington Wizards. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Atlanta vs Washington injuries news.

The Odds Shark betting Power Rankings have the Atlanta Hawks at No. 23 and the Washington Wizards at No. 13 heading into this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Atlanta's No. 20-ranked offense averaging 103.33 PPG, against a Washington Wizards defense that ranks No. 21 at 107.4 PPG. The Atlanta Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 45.12% so far, less than the Washington Wizards shooters have achieved on the year, 47.36% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Washington got 29 points from John Wall en route to a 116-98 loss against Atlanta on Saturday at Philips Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 17 of Washington's last 25 games
  • Washington is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Washington is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Atlanta's last 18 games
  • Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Atlanta is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games at home
  • Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Atlanta, Wednesday, April 26th