Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks - 11/30/13
Atlanta Hawks (8-8) at Washington Wizards (7-8)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -3.5 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds
John Wall will be looking to bounce back from his worst game of the season when the Washington Wizards take on the Atlanta Hawks tonight.
The Wizards had won five of six and three straight heading into Indiana last night, but the league's best defensive team really brought them back to earth with a 93-73 defeat. Marcin Gortat led the Wizards with a double double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Trevor Ariza added 14, but no one else finished in double figures. Most disappointing was John Wall who had nine assists but scored just eight points on four of 14 shooting after averaging 29.5 points in his previous four games. With the loss, Washington fall to 7-9 on the season and 4-2 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Hawks were able to snap a three-game skid last night when they clawed their way back from a 17-point deficit to beat the Mavericks by 88-87 on a clutch 20-footer from Al Horford with 4.2 seconds left in the game. Horford finished the game with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Jeff Teague led the team with 25 points, but the Hawks were at their best in the fourth quarter when they held the Mavs to just 12 points. With the win, Atlanta improved to 9-8 on the season and 5-3 at home.
In ATS trends, the Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games against a team with a winning home record, while the Wizards are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games playing on no days rest and 0-6 ATS in their last six games following a loss of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the Hawks are 0-3-2 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 0-3-1 ATS in the last four meetings in Washington.
For one reason or another, the Wizards have actually done quite well against the spread when playing the Hawks and I actually expect that to continue tonight. Both squads played just last night, so fatigue could play it's role here, but I'm fully expecting Wall to bounce back with a big game here.