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Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks - 10/27/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Wizards (41-41) at Atlanta Hawks (52-40)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSE, CSMA

The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks begin their 2016-17 NBA season Thursday night at the Philips Arena.

The Washington Wizards hope to have a bounce back season after finishing with a .500 record and firing coach Randy Wittman. The Wizards now have a new head coach in Scott Brooks and hope he can get Washington back to the playoffs for the third time in four years. Honestly, the Wizards are only going to go as far as their backcourt of Bradley Beal and John Wall can carry them, as there’s not a lot of depth on this roster. Marcin Gortat has been a reliable big man for many years and Otto Porter Jr. is starting to come into his own, but the Wizards truly lack the overall talent to make a splash in the Eastern Conference unless Wall and Beal have their best season yet as teammates. You also have the health concerns with Beal, who has played no more than 73 games in his first four seasons. The Washington Wizards have lost five of their last six regular season openers.

Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks - 10/27/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Hawks have made the playoffs nine straight seasons and enter 2016-17 with a completely different new look. Al Horford and Jeff Teague are no longer around, and Dwight Howard is one of the new stars in Atlanta. Dennis Schroder is the new starting point guard for the Hawks, and he’ll lead a talented starting five that also includes Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Kent Bazemore. If Howard can stay motivated and is truly happy to return to his birthplace, the Hawks could be a dark horse in the Eastern Conference to make some noise this season. Howard is the clear deciding factor for the Atlanta Hawks, as I believe there’s something left in that 30-year-old body, it just comes down to if he’s committed to being the face of a team again. The Atlanta Hawks have lost their last four regular season openers.

The Wizards are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and the over is 5-1 in Wizards last 6 overall. The Hawks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest and the under is 4-1 in Hawks last 5 home games. The over is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Atlanta and 16-6 in the last 22 meetings overall. 

I don't like the Washington Wizards, as there's no depth and not a lot of playmakers behind Wall and Beal. Even after losing two starters, the Atlanta Hawks have a lot of talent and see a motviated Howard this season. I like the Hawks potential. Give me the home team and the small line here.

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Atlanta Hawks -3.5

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