Free NBA Pick: Hawks vs Wizards Lines
Looking for Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards free NBA picks? NBA betting sees the Hawks taking on the Wizards Friday October 4, 2016 at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(3-1) Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards (0-3)
Date: Friday October 4
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: The Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Wizards -2
NBA Betting Total: 209.5
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After an exasperating opening-game setback to the Atlanta Hawks, the Washington Wizards seek redemption Friday from the Verizon Center.
On October 27, Atlanta ran roughshod over Washington 114-99.
Amid a tough-luck season, the Wizards have yet to register a victory –losing all three contests by double-digits.
For Atlanta, an unblemished beginning was marred Wednesday night via home defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Hawks will attempt to regroup in a short-order rematch vs. Washington. Meanwhile, the Wizards aim to avoid an unpalatable 0-4 start.
Wednesday, from Philips Arena, Atlanta ceded 123 points to an intently focused Lakers grouping. The bane of Atlanta’s performance was a permeable perimeter defense.
Los Angeles’ four top guards combined for 74 points on 28-of-53 shooting. The Hawks players tasked with preventing such an outburst — namely Kyle Korver, Tim Hardaway Jr., Thabo Sefolosha, and Dennis Schroder — were utterly remiss.
Atlanta might have developed a false sense of security following Tim Hardaway Jr’s torrid first quarter. The second-year Hawk exploded for 14 to build a 37-28 advantage.
However, as the contest was up for grabs in the clutch, former Hawk Lou Williams took over. Williams scored 16 in the final frame to ensure victory for Los Angeles.
While Atlanta struggled after intermission with L.A., their aplomb versus Washington should suffer no ill effects.
In Atlanta’s dominant October 27 mastery of the Wizards, All-Stars Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap led a seismic fourth-quarter effort. The Hawks feel as though they have Washington’s number.
Through three games, the Wizards’ net differential of -11.3 is among the league’s worst. Opposite Toronto, Scott Brooks’ bunch was overwhelmed on their home floor.
A key element of Washington’s ineptitude is a conspicuous lack of bench productivity. Against Toronto, the Wizards’ reserves contributed only eleven points.
Though Washington’s backups fared better versus Atlanta, overall, the team did not.
John Wall and Bradley Beal floundered in their first performance against the Hawks. The vaunted backcourt shot a combined 9-of-27, while committing eight costly turnovers.
If the Wizards’ starting guards and second-team performers struggle on Friday, an 0-4 start is almost certain.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Atlanta is 3-1 ATS this season.
- Washington is 0-3 ATS this season.
- Atlanta is 1-0 SU vs. Washington this season
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards NBA Prediction:
While Atlanta has shown defensive flaws of late, Coach Mike Budenholzer’s well-crafted offensive schemes should be too much for Washington to handle.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: No Line Yet
This victory won’t come as easily, however the Hawks will prevail nonetheless.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Atlanta 106 – Washington 100
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