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Streaking Hawks are Worth the Chalk

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How much of a difference does a month make? For the Atlanta Hawks, it’s quite a stark contrast. The Hawks, whose season was trending downwards 30 days ago, are now one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta goes after its ninth win in 10 games Monday in the opener of a home-and-home set with the Washington Wizards.

Shark Bites
  • The Wizards are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against their division.
  • The total has gone OVER in 14 of the Wizards' last 19 games against the Hawks.
  • The Wizards are 2-16 SU in their last 18 games on the road against the Hawks.

Atlanta opened as 6.5-point favorites at most shops, which will definitely appeal to their backers. The Hawks are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five when labeled as faves of 6.5 points or more.

If the Wizards are going to escape Georgia with a W, they’ll need to bring a much better effort than they did in recent clashes. Atlanta has averaged 113 points while limiting the Wiz to 94.7 during a three-game winning streak in the series. The Hawks’ dominance dates back much further, as Atlanta has won 14 of the past 15 home meetings with Washington since the 2008-09 season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Atlanta Hawks opened as -7-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 208 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 104-103 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 bring a 41-29 record (36-32-2 ATS) to the battle against the 34-35 Washington Wizards, who are 35-33-1 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen Atlanta Hawks go 32-37-1 so far and the Washington Wizards go 34-32-3. 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. 4 and the Washington Wizards sitting at No. 14.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Atlanta's No. 15-ranked offense (102.59 PPG) against a Washington Wizards defense that ranks No. 19 at 103.97 PPG. The Atlanta Hawks have averaged 45.94% from the field per game, more than the Washington Wizards have managed so far this NBA season (45.68% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

John Wall scored 24 points and chipped in with 10 assists for Washington on Saturday, leading the Wizards to a 99-89 victory over New York at Verizon Center.

Al Horford scored 22 points leading the Hawks to a 109-97 victory over Houston at Philips Arena on Saturday.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
  • Washington is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Atlanta is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games
  • Atlanta is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Atlanta, Wednesday, March 23rd