Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards - 5/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Wizards (51-36) at Atlanta Hawks (64-25)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 197.5 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks look to level the series against the Washington Wizards in Game 2.
The Wizards were resting for an entire week while waiting for their second-round opponent and it looks like all the extra rest paid dividends as they overcame an early double-digit deficit to beat the Hawks by 104-98. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 28 points on nine of 22 shooting while John Wall added 18 points and 13 assists. Paul Pierce also added 19 points while Marcin Gortat double-doubled with 12 points and 12 rebounds but the Wizards were actually better on defense as they held the Hawks to just 35 points in the second half and just 15 points in the fourth quarter.
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As for the Hawks, DeMarre Carroll continued his red-hot form, nailing five three-pointers en route to a team-high 24 points while Al Horford had 17 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists. Paul Millsap chipped in with 15 points and Kyle Korver had 13, but the Hawks got just 11 points from Jeff Teague who had to play through a mild ankle srapin. As a team, the Hawks really did burst of the gates to an early 37-26 lead after the first quarter but they really fell to pieces in the second half, scoring just 35 points, two points shy of their first quarter total.
In ATS trends, the Wizards are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games and 10-1-2 ATS in their last 13 games overall, while the Hawks are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Wizards are 1-4-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall but the underdog is 8-3-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
The Wizards didn't look like much of a chance of making a deep run in these playoffs but they've swept the Raptors and are now looking like a chance at winning a fourth straight road game. The Hawks are more than good enough to beat the Wizards by double digits when playing at their best but we just haven't seen it so far, so I'm sticking with the Wizards with the points in this one.