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Will the Wizards' Putrid History at Philips Arena Haunt Them Once Again?

The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks were perceived as two very evenly matched teams ahead of their Eastern Conference first-round series, and they’ve certainly looked the part through five games. With Washington holding a 3-2 series lead, the Wiz can close things out and advance to the next round with a win over Atlanta in Georgia on Friday. Sportsbooks opened the Hawks as 3-point home chalk with a total of 210.

Shark Bites
  • The Wizards are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as underdog.
  • The Hawks are 6-0 SU in their last six games at home.
  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of the Wizards' last 15 games on the road against the Hawks.

The Wizards kept the Hawks from scoring over the final 68 seconds to earn a 103-99 win on Wednesday in Game 5. Atlanta head coach Mike Budenholzer was questioned for why his team didn’t foul and allowed time to run off the clock in the final minute of the contest, which is completely fair considering the huge implications it had.

Bradley Beal was brutal from 3-point land (1-for-9 from downtown) but he found other ways to score in a 27-point effort. His backcourt mate John Wall is averaging 27 points and 10.8 assists in the series while shooting 53.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Home dominance has been the story of this series both on the court and at the betting window, as home sides are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS through five games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Washington Wizards betting line opened this morning as 3-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 210 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 110-108 win for 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 Washington Wizards will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 44-42-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Atlanta Hawks are 42-45 ATS. Washington is 52-33-2 against the points scored total betting line, while Atlanta is 34-50-3 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Atlanta vs Washington injuries news.

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

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Atlanta's No. 20-ranked offense averaging 103.37 PPG, against a Washington Wizards defense that ranks No. 21 at 107.34 PPG. The Atlanta Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 45.06% so far, less than the Washington Wizards shooters have achieved on the year, 47.28% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap


Betting Trends
  • Washington is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Washington is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta
  • Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Atlanta
  • Atlanta is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Atlanta is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Atlanta is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Atlanta, Sunday, April 30th