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Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks - 1/2/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Atlanta Hawks (11-25) at Washington Wizards (14-23)
Date & Time Wednesday January 2, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Washington Wizards -5.5 -- Over/Under: 230.5
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The Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards do battle at the Capital One Arena on Wednesday night.

The Atlanta Hawks have actually been in great form as they’ve won five of their last seven games but they will be looking to bounce back after having their two-game win streak snapped by the Pacers in a 116-108 road loss on Monday. John Collins and Kevin Huerter led the team with 22 points each, Alex Len added 19 points while Trae Young chipped in with 16 points and seven assists. As a team, the Hawks shot 43 percent from the field and 13 of 32 from the 3-point line toiled with the Pacers in a tightly contested first half before getting blown out by 34-21 in the penultimate third quarter. With the loss, Atlanta fell to 11-25 overall and 5-15 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards have been in a real slump as they’ve lost nine of their last 12 games but they will be looking to build on Saturday’s 130-126 home win over the Hornets. Trevor Ariza led the team in scoring with 24 points, seven rebounds and nine assists, Thomas Bryant added 21 points with 10 rebounds, Tomas Satoransky scored 20 points with six assists while Bradley Beal chipped in with 19 points, five assists and six steals. As a team, the Wizards shot 51 percent from the field and 13 of 37 from the 3-point line as they endured a 47-point performance from the Hornets’ Kemba Walker. With the win, Washington improved to 14-23 overall and 10-7 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Wizards are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games following a win, 0-6 ATS their last six games against a team with a losing record and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Don’t look now, but the Hawks are actually playing some of their best basketball of the season with players like Collins, Len and Huerter picking up their play. The Wizards are going through some changes of their own and things don’t look as optimistic, but they did look good as a team in their narrow win over the Hornets on Saturday. The Wizards seem to play better team basketball without John Wall and they will be well-rested as they haven't played since Saturday, but the Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and I think that trend continues as this one goes down to the wire.

Pick:
Atlanta +5

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