Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks - 5/11/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (65-26) at Washington Wizards (52-37)
NBA Basketball: Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards +4.5 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Wizards look to go to 3-1 tonight when they host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4.
The Wizards have been flying under the radar this postseason but it's hard not to notice how well they've been playing after they beat the Hawks by 103-101 in Game 3 without John Wall. Bradley Beal, Nene Hilario and Otto Porter Jr. all led the team with 17 points each while Marcin Gortat added 14 points on six of seven shooting, but after blowing a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Wizards turned to none other than Paul Pierce who banked in the buzzer-beater to lift the team to 2-1 in the series. Wall sat out his second game with the wrist injury and is still unable to dribble a basketball so is likely to sit out the rest of the series and maybe even the season.
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As for the Hawks, Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder led the scoring with 18 points each while Al Horford added 12 points, but with Paul Millsap playing with fly symptoms, the Hawks inserted Pero Antic into the starting lineup and it didn't work at all as he missed all four of his shot attempts which really got the Hawks off to a slow start. Also, with Millsap playing at less than 100 percent, the Hawks really needed another big night from DeMarre Carroll who actually had a quiet game of just 14 points which breaks his string of six straight games with 20 points or more.
In ATS trends, the Hawks are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six road games, while the Wizards are 4-0-2 ATS in their last six home games and 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Head to head, the Hawks are 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 2-5-2 ATS int he last nine meetings in Washington.
The Wizards were expected to struggle without their leader in Wall but they rallied together to pull off a thrilling win right at the buzzer. However, they did blow a 21-point lead and were a couple seconds from overtime which could have gone either way, so I'm actually banking on the Hawks to make the adjustments and finally take advantage of a shorthanded Wizards team.