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Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks - 11/25/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks (6-5) at Washington Wizards (9-3)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Washington Wizards -6.5 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds


The Washington Wizards hope to have Nene in the lineup tonight when they host the Atlanta Hawks.

The Washington Wizards have started the season 9-3 and will be looking for their sixth win in seven games after taking down the Bucks by 111-100 on Saturday. Paul Pierce led the scoring with 25 points while John Wall added 19 points and nine assists as the Wizards came back from a 15-point deficit in the first half to beat the Bucks. The Wizards were always favorites to win this one, but the Bucks have been one of the better teams to start the season and the Wizards had just beaten the Cavaliers just the night before, so there was always a chance of a letdown performance. Unfortunately for the Wizards, Nene left the game after just six minutes with plantar fascia, leaving his status up in the air for tonight's game.

Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks - 11/25/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks were able to arrest a two-game skid with a 99-89 win over the Pistons on Friday. Jeff Teague scored a season-high 28 points and Paul Millsap had 15 points and 12 rebounds, as the Hawks won despite blowing an early 19-point lead. As a team, the Hawks had one of their best defensive outings, holding the Pistons to just 37.3 percent shooting from the field and four of 21 from the three point line which is one area they Hawks will be needing to improve on the most, considering they are ranked 25th in the league in points allowed with 102.5 ppg. With the win, Atlanta improved to 6-5 overall and 5-1 at home.

In ATS trends, the Hawks are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games following a ATS win and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team above .600, while the Wizards are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a win of more than 10 points and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.

Head to head, the Hawks are 1-6-2 ATS in the last nine meetings overall and 1-4-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Washington.

Nene was initially expected to miss just one or two games, but now people are predicting him to miss at least six games with his plantar fasciitis injury. Drew Gooden or Kris Humphries will pick up the slack and the minutes, but I'm actually leaning towards the Hawks to get the cover in this one.

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