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Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards - 2/19/14

Washington Wizards (25-27) at Atlanta Hawks (25-26)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -1 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds


The Atlanta Hawks look to avoid their sixth straight loss when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

Head to head, the Wizards are 5-0-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings while the home team is 6-2-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the underdog is 4-1-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, but just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 9 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wizards on the other hand are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games, 24-11 ATS in their last 35 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards - 2/19/14

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I’m having a hard time splitting these two teams tonight for a couple of reasons. Firstly, both Atlanta and Washington come into tonight’s game in not so great form as the Hawks have lost five straight while the Wizards have dropped five of their last six. Secondly, while Atlanta is 16-8 at home, but the Wiz have covered the spread in 13 of their last 16 road games, so that kind of cancels each other out. Not only that, but both teams have virtually identical overall records and very similar against the spread stats too.

As far as recent meetings go, the Hawks and Wizards have split their two games this season, with each team winning on their respective home courts. In their first showdown in the nations capital, the Wizards jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, eventually winning 108-101 thanks to a combined 50 points from John Wall and Trevor Ariza. In their most recent meeting in Atlanta, the Hawks need overtime to dispatch the visitors as Al Horford scored a game-high 34 points to lead his team to a hard fought 101-99 victory.

I hate to just take the home team cause I can’t pick a clear winner here, but that’s what I’m going to do. Yes, Atlanta has lost five straight, but only two of those five were at home and they were losses to Indiana and Memphis by a combined seven points. On the other hand, three of the Wizards recent losses have been decided by three points or fewer and one other losses was in overtime against the San Antonio Spurs. Stay away from this game if possible because it could go either way...

Dan’s Pick: Atlanta -1

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