Lock Hawks -7 At Home With Your NBA Picks Against Wizards

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 7:34 PM GMT

Atlanta Hawks descend on the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, all while looking to close their season on a winning note. Here’s a preview complete with NBA picks.

Atlanta Hawks Fighting For Playoff Seeding
The Atlanta Hawks are through to the playoffs for the ninth straight season, a record in the NBA Eastern Conference. As it is, the Hawks are 48-33 and currently sat in fourth place in the standings. Their last lap in the regular season pits them against the eliminated Washington Wizards, a game they’ll be looking to win and finish on a high note.

The Hawks coming off a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a -109-94 loss on the road that saw them fail to cover as the 6.5-point road underdogs. In this clash, their prospects are looking up as they’re installed as the whopping 7-point favorites almost across all sports betting platforms.

In losing to the Cavaliers a couple nights ago, the Hawks slipped to a 7-3 record in the last ten. It snapped a three-game winning streak down the stretch, which included wins over Phoenix, Toronto and Boston (all of which were at home). Although it marked their second away loss in a row (lost to Toronto Raptors prior), the Hawks are 4-2 SU in their last six away games. Obviously, there’s something to be said about losing to the Cavaliers, only one of the NBA playoff favorites to win it all.

Overall, the Hawks are 48-33-0 SU and 41-38-2 ATS on the season with a 3.8-point winning percentage and a plus 0.2-point differential versus the spread. On the road, they are 21-19-0 SU and 20-19-1 ATS with a 1.8-point winning percentage and a plus 0.9-point differential versus the spread. As away favorites, they are 13-10-0 SU and 11-11-1 ATS with a 3.5-point winning percentage and a negative 0.5-point differential versus the spread.

Washington Wizards Headed to the Couch
The Washington Wizards have nothing but pride to play for in their season curtain-closer against the Atlanta Hawks. They’ve been eliminated from the playoffs with a 40-41-0 record, finishing just outside of the playoff cut-off line.

It’s been a modest season with a 21-19-0 record at home and a 19-22-0 record on the road, all of which is underscored by a so-so 5-5-0 record in their last ten games. That said they’ve won two in a row ahead of tonight’s date with the Hawks, beating the Charlotte Hornets and Brooklyn Nets. Both those included covers: as the 5.5-point home underdogs to the Hornets and the 8.5-point road faves to the Nets. Credit to them, they’re not going out quietly.

Overall, the Wizards are 42-39-0 ATS on the season with a negative 0.6-point margin of victory on average and a negative 0.3-point differential versus the spread. At home, they are 21-19-0 ATS with a 2.3-point margin of victory on average and a plus 0.4-point differential versus the spread.

 

NBA Betting Verdict
By all accounts, the Atlanta Hawks are quite rightly favored in this clash. They have momentum down the stretch and the prospect of the playoffs to look forward to, not to mention they also lead the series 2-1 over the Wizards having beaten them away and at home this season. The Wizards are sure to put in a respectable account and try to make it a closer game than the NBA odds makers would have it – if only to give home fans one last thing to cheer about. Question is whether the Hawks will prove to be simply too much seeing as they’re still fighting for seeding in the playoffs. Back Atlanta with your NBA picks.

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NBA Picks: Hawks -7 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle