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Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards - 12/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Wizards (10-14) at Atlanta Hawks (5-19)
Date & Time Wednesday December 5, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Atlanta Hawks +5.5 -- Over/Under: 234
TV Channel
FSSE, NSWA
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NBA | Washington Wizards (10-14) at Atlanta Hawks (5-19)
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The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Philips Arena.

The Washington Wizards look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 111.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 116.7 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 21.9 points and 4.3 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 21.3 points and 8.4 assists. Kelly Oubre Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Otto Porter Jr. is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Atlanta Hawks could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 107.6 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 118.5 points on 47.3 percent shooting. John Collins is averaging 15.9 points and 7.2 rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 15.8 points and 7.4 assists. Taurean Prince is the third double-digit scorer and Kent Bazemore is grabbing four rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 38.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost six of their last seven home games.

The Wizards are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 road games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games and 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games following a ATS win. The Hawks are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 13-4-1 in the last 18 meetings in Atlanta. The over is 4-1 in Hawks last 5 overall. The under is 4-0 in Wizards last 4 overall.

The Washington Wizards are playing their best basketball of the season and it starts with a defense that's allowing under 44 percent shooting in their last five games. The Atlanta Hawks continue to get dominated night in and night out, and they're being outscored by 9.9 points at home this season. If this is truly a turning point for the Wizards and they're ready to be the East contende rmany pegged them as earlier in the year, they win this game rather easily like most do against the Hawks.

Pick:
Washington Wizards -5.5

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