Wizards at Hawks - 5/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Wizards (51-36) at Atlanta Hawks (64-25)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks play game two of their playoff series Tuesday night.
The Washington Wizards look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead and steal both road games. John Wall is averaging 17.4 points and 12.6 assists while Paul Pierce is averaging 16.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. Marcin Gortat is grabbing 10.4 rebounds and Otto Porter Jr. is dishing an assist. The Washington Wizards continue to play their best basketball of the season, as they’re shooting 46.8 percent in these playoffs. The Wizards are also getting timely stops down the stretch. The one concern with Washington is that Nene Hilario has to play better if the Wizards are going to make it out of this series. The Wizards have won five of their last eight road games. Bradley Beal is questionable with an ankle injury.
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The Atlanta Hawks must treat this game as a must-win in order to win this series. DeMarre Carroll is averaging 18.4 points and 6.6 rebounds while Paul Millsap is averaging 15.6 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Korver is dishing 2.6 assists and Al Horford is grabbing 11 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks simply aren’t making shots, as they’re shooting just 43.1 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from downtown. The shots that were falling for Atlanta in the regular season aren’t getting the same bounces in the playoffs, as they were flat out brutal in the second half of game one. The good news is that the Hawks have won eight of their last 10 games on their home court.
The Wizards are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 13-6-2 ATS in their last 21 vs. NBA Southeast. The Wizards are 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
I've been backing the Wizards all playoffs and fading the Hawks all playoffs. Both have worked out so far. Atlanta isn't the same team that it was in the regular season and the same can be said for Washington. Don't be surprised if the Wizards win yet another road game outright.