Capper Goes Against Public in Wizards/Hawks Opening Playoff Game

Atlanta Hawks

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, April 16, 2017 1:07 PM GMT

Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017 1:07 PM GMT

Analyst Ross Benjamin breaks down Sunday’s opening game of the Hawks and Wizards series. He specifically focuses on the total in this contest, and this betting preview article finished with a free NBA picks.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards

Two Southeast Division teams will square off on Sunday when the Hawks and Wizards open a best of 7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal playoff series. An opening tip time of 1:05 PM ET is slated at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

At the time of this writing (4/15), NBA betting odds displayed Washington as a 5.5-point favorite across the board. There’s also a posted total of either 208.5 or 209.0 depending on which sportsbook you’re betting with.

These teams played each other 4 times during regular season action, and Washington won on 3 of those occasions. The Wizards won both games played at home, albeit by narrow 3-point and 4-point margins. Each of those contests at Washington went under the total and did so by a combined 29.5 points.

 

Hawks Regular Season Resume

Atlanta went a very respectable 20-21 in away games during the regular season schedule. The Hawks were also a slightly profitable 22-19 ATS (53.7%) in those contests. After going through a 2-9 stretch from 3/13 to 4/2, Atlanta rebounded to win 4 of its last 5 games. Part of that recent resurgence was a result of improved offensive production. Through that previously mentioned 11-game funk, Atlanta had scored less than 100 points in 10 of those contests. However, the Hawks scored 103 points or more in 4 of its final 5 regular-season games. It’s worth noting, Atlanta has gone 21-7 under the total in its previous 28 games.

 

Wizards Dominant at Home

Washington enters the playoffs having won 25 of their last 30 home games, and that includes 16-3 in its previous 19 against Eastern Conference opponents. They’ve been dynamic offensively at the Verizon Center, scoring an average of 110.4 points per game, shooting 48.3%, and converting on an excellent 40.5% of their 3-point attempts.

 

Final Analysis and Pick

Early public wager has seen most totals wager in this game being placed on going under the total. Nevertheless, Washington has scored 102 points or more in 12 of their previous 13 games. The Wizards have also allowed 100 points or greater during its last 6 and 11 of their previous 12 games. Conversely, Atlanta has scored 103 points or more in 5 of their last 7 outings, and allowed 100 or greater during 12 of its previous 16 games.

This won’t be a game I’ll be betting on. Regarding an opinion pick, I ‘ll lean toward this being a high scoring affair, and one of my free NBA predictions will coincide with that forecast.

 Free NBA Pick: Over 208Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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