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Wizards vs. Hawks Predictions, Odds, Preview

 
May 10, 2021
by Joe Williams
NBA Expert
VegasInsider.com

The Washington Wizards (32-36) travel to meet the Atlanta Hawks (37-31) at State Farm Arena on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game is nationally televised on NBATV.

The Wizards are coming off a thrilling 133-132 overtime victory on the road against the Indiana Pacers to stay alive in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. They have won two in a row and are currently slotted in the ninth spot of the Eastern Conference, in line for a play-in spot.

The Hawks also played the Pacers in their most recent outing, and they fell 133-126 in Indianapolis, failing as a six-point favorite as the Over connected.

Wizards vs. Hawks Betting Resources

Betting Odds - Wizards vs. Hawks

Line Movements

Subject to Change

  • Spread: Atlanta -6
  • Money-Line: Hawks -255, Wizards +210
  • Total:

The Hawks are favored by six points at home against the Wizards. That's the identical number they were laying to the Pacers last time out when they were beaten outright. The Wizards head into this one just looking to decide things in regulation, as their past two outings have ended in overtime victories.

Washington remains in the mix for a play-in spot, and they can ill-afford any losses. The offense has been flowing lately, going for 131 or more points in each of the past four games, while posting 116 or more points in each of their past 16 games dating back to April 10 in Phoenix.


Russell Westbrook and the Wizards look for their third consecutive victory when they face Atlanta on Monday. (AP)

Wizards vs. Hawks Current Form-Last Game

Washington has posted a 133-132 overtime victory in Indiana, and a 131-129 win in OT in Tampa against Toronto in another road game. Prior to that the Wizards were downed 135-134 in Milwaukee on May 5. In fact, their past two losses have been by one point each, and they lost 146-143 in overtime on April 26 against San Antonio. Those are their only three setbacks in the past 16 games dating back to April 10 in Phoenix.

Atlanta had been on a three-game win and cover streak before their setback last time out in Indiana. Those three victories were each at home from May 1-5. In fact, Atlanta has won and covered seven in row since a 120-109 loss against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 15.

Wizards vs. Hawks Head-to-Head

  • Jan. 29, 2021 - Hawks 116 at Wizards 100, Atlanta -3, Under 235

The Hawks face the Wizards in the front end of a back-to-back set at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Atlanta picked up the 116-100 win in D.C., cashing as a three-point favorite as the Under connected. While the Under is 5-2 across the past seven meetings in this series, the Over is actually 15-5-1 in the previous 21 battles in the ATL.

When these teams met last season in Atlanta, the Hawks rolled to a 152-133 victory as a one-point favorite to easily cash the Over hit. The Hawks topped the Wizards 118-110 on Dec. 18, 2018, in the previous meeting in ATlanta, too, while Washington won 131-117 on Dec. 5 in Atlanta as the Over cashed.

(SU-Straight Up, ATS - Against the Spread, OU - Over-Under)

Washington Wizards Betting Outlook

Inside the Stats (2020-2021)

  • Overall: 32-36 SU, 38-29-1 ATS, 35-33 OU
  • Road: 15-19 SU, 21-12-1 ATS, 16-18 OU

Washington heads into this one red-hot against the number, going an impressive 6-1-1 ATS across the past eight on the road, while going 6-1 ATS in the previous seven as an underdog. The Wizards are also a solid 5-0 ATS in their past five against teams with a winning straight-up record.

The Wizards are also coming in on a day of rest, and they're 13-3 ATS in the past 16 games when playing on one day of rest. Washington has also posted a tremendous 15-5-1 ATS in the past 21 games overall, as they have been hot against the spread while dealing their way back into the playoff picture.

As far as the total is concerned, it's all OVER all the time. The OVER is 5-0 in Washington's past five games overall, while hitting in each of the past four games on the road. The OVER is 6-1 in the past seven after a straight-up victory, while going 5-2 when working on one day of rest. The only UNDER trend is a 16-5 mark in the previous 21 games following a non-cover.

Atlanta Hawks Betting Outlook

Inside the Stats (2020-2021)

  • Overall: 37-31 SU, 37-30-1 ATS, 34-34 OU
  • Home: 21-11 SU, 21-11 ATS, 15-17 OU

The Hawks have managed a very impressive 21-7 ATS mark across the past 28 games at State Farm Arena, while going a very solid 13-4 ATS in the past 17 games as a favorite. In addition, the Hawks have produced a very solid 12-3 ATS mark in the previous 15 outings against teams with a losing overall record.While the Hawks haven't been on the same type of long-term offensive run as the Wizards, Atlanta has been posting some big numbers over the past week. They have scored 123 or more points in each of the past three, hitting the OVER in each outing.

The OVER is 4-1 in Atlanta's past five overall, while going 7-2 ATS in the past nine following a straight-up loss and a non-cover, too. The UNDER is 13-5 in the past 18 as a home favorite, however, while going 5-2 across the past seven against teams with an overall losing record.

Key Injuries

Washington Wizards

  • SG Bradley Beal: Hamstring - Out

Atlanta Hawks

  • SG Tony Snell: Achilles - Questionable
  • PF De'Andre Hunter: Knee - Questionable
  • SF Cam Reddish: Achilles - Out

Wizards vs. Hawks Prediction

These teams have focused very little on defense lately, which seems to be the trend lately. The only team which seems to pay much mind to the defensive game might be the Philadelphia 76ers. Everybody else is trying to imitate a video game. In this one, you can expect a wide-open, run-and-gun style which will keep the scoreboard operator busy.

And while Washington has been hot lately, Atlanta has been on fire at home, and they don't rarely take a night off in front of the home fans. Look for a high-scoring win and cover for the home side, as they try to work their way into the fourth seed in the East. Currently they're a game behind the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference standings.

Score Prediction: Hawks 129, Wizards 121
Best Bet: OVER

  
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