Free NBA Picks: Wizards Expected To Cook Hawks In Tonight's Matchup

Joe Gavazzi

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 2:25 PM GMT

That Washington's victory Monday night snapped the Atlanta 5-game win streak, while allowing Washington to extend their own winning streak to 5 games. See my NBA picks inside. 

Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards
The victory pushed Washington to the .500 mark at 35-35 SU. It also pulled them to within 1 ½ games of the 8thseed in the muddled Eastern Conference standings. Coming down the stretch, the last 2 places in the Eastern Conference playoff queue are decided by only 2 games in a 4-way battle between Indiana, Chicago, Detroit and Washington.  

Atlanta is also locked in a playoff race for the 3rd through 6th spots. This one is even tighter! Currently, there are 4 teams (Miami, Atlanta, Boston and Charlotte) who are separated by only 1 game in the loss column for these 4 playoff spots. That makes every game imperative for each of these two teams.

Atlanta has not lost consecutive games since February 22nd. They enter tonight on a 10-3 SU ATS run. It looked as if their 5-game winning streak would be extended Monday night, when they led by 3 points entering the 4thquarter. But, Atlanta was outscored 28-16 in the 4th, falling to the intensity of the Wizards. Now, the spotlight is on Washington, as they make one final playoff push.   

In Monday’s victory, Washington shot over 50% from the field and made 13/25 three pointers. Washington has now averaged 111 PPG, shooting 49% in the 5-game winning streak. In Monday’s win vs. Atlanta, it was also the first time during the winning streak that they allowed an opponent to score 100 points or shoot better than 40.5%. Lead guard John Wall summed it up best in his post-game quote in which he said “this probably is the best stretch we have ever played.” Washington now returns home, where they have won 9 of 10 recently and 3 straight. Excluding last year’s playoffs against Atlanta, they have won 4/5 regular season matchups on this court against Atlanta. 

 

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This is a hotly contested matchup of a pair of Eastern Conference teams, each vying for playoff positions in the upcoming playoffs. We will favor a Washington team, who stayed hot with the 4th quarter victory in Atlanta on Monday night, which extended their own winning streak, while snapping that of Atlanta. Combined with the Wizards’ recent run at home, it is good enough for them to get this victory tonight. I invite you to put the NBA odds in your favor and join me in my NBA picks on Washington tonight.

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NBA Pick: Washington Wizards -1
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