Wizards at Hawks - 5/13/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Wizards (52-38) at Atlanta Hawks (66-26)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -8.5 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks play game five of their playoff series Wednesday night.
The Washington Wizards need this game in order to regain home court advantage. Bradley Beal is averaging 22.8 points and 5.3 rebounds while Paul Pierce is averaging 16.4 points and 4.1 rebounds. Marcin Gortat is grabbing 9.6 rebounds and Otto Porter Jr. is dishing 2.1 assists. The Washington Wizards are shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Wizards continue to hang around and compete but clearly missed John Wall in their game four loss. If Wall won’t be back, somebody such as Drew Gooden will need to provide a bigger spark off the bench. The Wizards have split their last eight road games.
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The Atlanta Hawks look to take control of this series with a victory. DeMarre Carroll is averaging 17 points and 6.2 rebounds while Paul Millsap is averaging 15.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. Al Horford is grabbing 10.1 rebounds and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.7 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Hawks are still playing inconsistent ball but find themselves in a tied series with home court. Kyle Korver is 8-20 from the field in his last three games. This seems like a must-win game for the Hawks. The Hawks have won eight of their last 10 home games.
The Wizards are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-13-1 ATS in their last 18 Conference Semifinals games. The Wizards are 2-6-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
I just don't trust the Hawks, as they're not playing great ball and nearly lost two games to a Wizards team without their leader. I'm taking the points, as Washington will again have a chance to win SU.