Wizards Need Mahinmi for Game 6, Badly

Thursday, April 27, 2017 2:02 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017 2:02 PM UTC

The Washington Wizards came achingly close to beating the basketball odds Wednesday night. They’ll get at least one more crack against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.

<p style="text-align:left"><em>I’m not going to tell you a bad beat story... I’m not going to tell you a bad beat story...</em></p><p style="text-align:left">I want to tell you a bad beat story. We had the Washington Wizards (–5.5 at home) in Wednesday’s <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/">NBA picks</a> for Game 5 of their first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks. Washington is up 103-99, gaining possession of the ball with 37 seconds on the clock. Atlanta chooses not to foul (?!). With 13 seconds left, John Wall tries a jumper, it doesn’t go, Marcin Gortat scoops up the rebound – and <em>misses</em> an open lay-up ($%&amp;#!). Final score: Washington 103, Atlanta 99.<br /><br />That’s the way the cookie crumbles. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/lean-wizards-barely-over-hawks-in-game-5/79318">We did say</a> this was only a slight lean on the Wizards if Ian Mahinmi wasn’t going to play; he didn’t, and Gortat was absolutely out of gas late in the fourth quarter. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/washington-wizards-vs-atlanta-hawks-3189270/" title="Live Odds For This Game">Will Mahinmi suit up Friday night (7:30 p.m. ET, NBA-TV) in Game 6?</a> If he doesn’t, we might have to lean the other way this time; the Hawks are 3-point home faves on the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/">NBA odds board</a> with a total of 210 at the open.<br /> </p><h2 style="text-align:left"><strong>Mahinmi and Mr. Smith</strong></h2><p style="text-align:left">Washington needs Mahinmi (+0.8 BPM) more than ever. Wednesday also saw Jason Smith (–1.3 BPM) leave the game late in the third quarter after colliding with the base of the basket. Smith suffered a contusion on his left calf and did not return, depriving the Wiz of yet another defensive presence (+0.6 DBPM) down low. He’s listed as day-to-day.<br /> </p><blockquote><p style="text-align:left">Washington misses Ian Mahinmi more than I thought they would.</p></blockquote><blockquote>— Ben Mehic (@BenMehicNBA) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenMehicNBA/status/857388982577090561">April 27, 2017</a></blockquote><p style="text-align:left"><br />Again, if Mahinmi plays, we like Washington in this matchup. FiveThirtyEight has an Elo-based spread of Atlanta –1 for Game 6, but if the Wizards are going to fulfill their betting value, they have to have their best defender (+2.9 DBPM) on the court – especially if Smith doesn’t play. This team is not blessed with talented defenders. Wait for the shoot-around to see who’s active, bet accordingly, and may the sphere be with you.</p><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Washington +3<br />Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4422&amp;book=BetDSI">at BetDSI</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3189270, "sportsbooksIds":[123,1275,93,1096,19], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1 }[/]</p><p> </p>
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