Playoffs Zig-Zag Theory Applicable in Game 2 of Hawks-Wizards

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 6:12 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017 6:12 PM UTC

Do you want to make a wager on Wednesday’s NBA playoff game between Atlanta/Washington and are on the fence regarding which way to go? Then reading this betting preview article pertaining to this matchup by NBA handicapping professional Ross Benjamin is imperative.

<h2><a href=""><strong>Atlanta Hawks At Washington Wizards (-5.5, 211)</strong></a></h2><p>Atlanta and Washington will play Game 2 of their best of 7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series Wednesday. The opening tip from the Verizon Center in Washington is slated 7:05, and it will be televised on NBATV. At the time of this writing, <a href="">NBA betting odds</a> had Washington as either a 5.0 or 5.5-point favorite. There was also a posted total of 210.5 or 211.0.</p><p>Including the playoffs, Washington has gone 4-1 straight up and 3-2 ATS against Atlanta this season. As a matter of fact, the Wizards have won 4 straight against their Southeast Division rival.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Series Opener Betting News &amp; Notes</strong></h2><p>Washington won the opening game of the series Sunday by a score of 114-107. The Wizards covered as a 5.5-point home favorite and Game 1 went 'over' the total of 209.5. Washington has now gone an outstanding 26-5 straight up and 20-11 ATS in its last 31 home games.</p><p>Atlanta was plagued by 19 turnovers on Sunday, and it was a major reason why Washington had 22 more field-goal attempts. On a positive note for the Hawks, they got to the free throw line a whopping 39 times and held a decisive 60-47 rebounding edge in Game 1.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>No. 5 Seed Vs. No. 4 Recent History</strong></h2><p>Despite No. 5 Atlanta losing the opening game of the series, fifth seeds have gone a stellar 31-16 against No. 4 seeds during NBA playoffs' first round-games since 2013. Also of note: No. 5 Utah won on Sunday against the No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers in Western Conference playoff action.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Final Analysis &amp; Prediction</strong></h2><p>Washington had 100 field goal attempts to Atlanta’s 78 in Game 1, yet won by only 7 and barely covered in doing so. I don’t expect anywhere near that field-goal attempt disparity in Game 2.</p><p>Atlanta’s parade to the free-throw line against Washington wasn’t a total shocker. The Hawks have now averaged 32.3 free throws per game against Washington in the last 4 meetings. They may not reach 39 free throws again in Game 2, but will still approach 30 attempts or more.</p><p>I’m predicting this game will go down to the wire, and one of my <a href="">NBA picks</a> will be reflective of that forecast.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><img alt src="" style="height:380px;width:380px" /></h2>
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