Hawks at Wizards - 5/15/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (67-26) at Washington Wizards (52-39)
NBA Basketball: Friday, May 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -2.5 Over/Under - 197 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards play game size of their playoff series Friday night.
The Atlanta Hawks can advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a victory here. DeMarre Carroll is averaging 16.4 points and 6.5 rebounds while Al Horford is averaging 15.8 points and 10.2 rebounds. Paul Millsap is grabbing 8.6 rebounds and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.5 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Hawks still have yet to play to the level we saw in the regular season, as they could easily be trailing in this series. Kyle Korver is just 3-9 from deep in his last two games. The good news is the Hawks have won 10 of their last 12 games when allowing less than 100 points. The Hawks have lost five of their last seven games on the road.
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The Washington Wizards look to extend this series to a game seven. Bradley Beal is averaging 22.8 points and 4.8 assists while John Wall is averaging 17 points and 11.7 assists. Paul Pierce is grabbing 4.1 rebounds and Marcin Gortat is dishing 2.4 assists. The Washington Wizards are shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Wizards still aren’t getting consistent play from Nene Hilario, which has truly hurt them in this series. Wall had 15 points and seven assists in his return from injury. The Wizards have lost four of their last five games when scoring less than 100 points. The Wizards have won six of their last seven games on their home court.
The Hawks are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win and 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Wizards are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Hawks are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Washington.
The Wizards have outplayed the Hawks for much of this series and are simply the better team when Wall is on the court. The Wizards will win this game easily and force a game seven.