Wizards at Hawks - 5/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Wizards (50-36) at Atlanta Hawks (64-24)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -5.5 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks play game one of their playoff series Sunday afternoon.
The Washington Wizards are coming off a sweep over the Toronto Raptors and haven’t played in a week. Bradley Beal is averaging 20.8 points and four assists while Marcin Gortat is averaging 17.3 points and 10 rebounds. John Wall is dishing 12.5 assists and Paul Pierce is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are playing some of their best ball of the season, as they’re making nearly 11 threes per game and really getting everyone involved offensively. The Wizards are a real threat to anyone in the East as long as Otto Porter Jr. continues to play at such a high level on both ends of the court. The Wizards have lost six of their last 10 games on the road.
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The Atlanta Hawks jump right into another series after beating the Brooklyn Nets in six games. DeMarre Carroll is averaging 17.5 points and 7.2 rebounds while Paul Millsap is averaging 15.7 points and 9.7 rebounds. Kyle Korver is dishing three assists and Al Horford is grabbing 10 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks shot 44.1 percent from the field in their last series and made 11.2 threes per game. The Hawks have five double-digit scorers, and they really started to click in their last two games. The Hawks have won 10 of their last 15 games when topping 100 points. The Hawks have won eight of their last nine games on their home court.
The Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 9-1-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Hawks are 3-1-2 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southeast and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Wizards are 0-4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I said from the beginning that the Wizards were going to win this series, and you have to like them even more in game one after having a full week of rest. Hard to see the Hawks bouncing back from one series to another with no time off.