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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

NBA : Hawks Visit Wizards in Meeting of Eastern Playoff Contenders

The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks both seem to have a grip on a playoff spot. The two will meet on Wednesday at 8PM ET in the nation’s capital.

The Hawks aren’t a flashy team by any means, but they’re balanced offensively. They have six players, including Paul Millsap, averaging double digits for points. Unfortunately for them, their All-Star is expected to miss Wednesday’s contest because of tightness in his knee. The Hawks may have to rely a little more on their tough defense, which is sixth in opponent field goal percentage.

They’ll have their hands full with the Wizards, who are fifth in points scored. John Wall (23 points, almost 11 assists per game) and Bradley Beal (23 points) are finally fulfilling their promise in the backcourt, but the Wizards’ defense still has some work to do; they’re 22nd in points allowed.
Atlanta is 6-4 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Wizards, who’ve won two of three games against the Hawks this season. Atlanta won the first meeting 114-99 at home in October, then the Wizards won 95-92 in Washington in November and then 112-86 in Atlanta in January.

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NBA Odds: Wizards Host Hawks on Wednesday

The Washington Wizards have played well at the Verizon Center this season. Their 27 home wins are the third-most in the NBA. But lately, they’ve been slumping at home, going just 3-3 over their last six home games.

The Wizards will host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, but to get the win, they’ll have to improve their defense. They gave up an average of 112 points per game in their last five games. Fortunately for the Wizards, the Hawks are one of the lowest-scoring away teams, averaging just 101.3 points per game on the road (23rd in NBA).
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