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Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards - 12/18/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Wizards (12-18) at Atlanta Hawks (6-23)
Date & Time Tuesday December 18, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Atlanta Hawks +4.5 -- Over/Under: 235
TV Channel
FSSE, NSWA
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The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Philips Arena.

The Washington Wizards look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 112.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 116.9 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.2 points and 4.6 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 21.5 points and 8.9 assists. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Markieff Morris is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have lost six of their last eight road games.

The Atlanta Hawks could use a feel good victory after losing seven of their last eight games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 108.5 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 119.3 points on 47.3 percent shooting. John Collins is averaging 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 15.4 points and 7.2 assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremy Lin is dishing 3.1 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost seven of their last nine home games.

The Wizards are 5-22 ATS in their last 27 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hawks are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Hawks last 7 overall. The over is 5-1 in Wizards last 6 overall.

The Washington Wizards continue this weird up and down season where one game they look like they're turning the corner and the next, they're losing to one of the worst teams in the league. The Atlanta Hawks have been able to sneak in some covers here and there, but they're being outscored by 10.2 points in their last five games and 8.8 points at home this season overall. Regardless of what you think of the Wizards, they're easily the better team in this matchup and have won five of their last seven meetings against the Hawks. I'll lay the reasonable chalk.  ..

Pick:
Washington Wizards -4.5

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