Free NBA Pick: Wizards vs Hawks Lines
Looking for Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks free NBA picks? NBA betting sees the Wizards taking on the Hawks on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
0-0 (0-0 V) Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks (1-0 H)
Date: Thursday October 27
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue:Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Atlanta -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 204.5
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The Atlanta Hawks will have a new look when they open their season against the Washington Wizards on Thursday.
Both teams expect to battle for the middle seeds in the Eastern Conference and getting off on the right foot is on the agenda here in Atlanta.
The Wizards knew heading into the offseason that they weren’t going to go out and make a big splash.
After all the dust had settled with the big time names, the Wizards decided to make a move within and offer Bradley Beal and extension.
Beal and the Wizards agreed to a 5 year, $127.2 million dollar max deal as they committed to him to be a main centerpiece in their future plans. Beal played in just 55 games last season as he battled leg injuries throughout the whole season.
The Wizards will their work cut out for them in the early going as John Wall will likely be on limited minutes. Wall is recovering from an offseason knee surgery, but will still see the floor enough to make an impact.
To help boost their bench, the Wizards went out and traded for a backup to Wall. Trey Burke was acquired for a 2021 pick, which will help Washington out, especially in the early going.
The Hawks were a middle of the pack team in the East following their franchise high 60 win season two years ago and had a lot of work to do this offseason after Al Horford jumped ship to Boston.
Atlanta made a splash of their own in the free agent pool and signed Dwight Howard to replace Horford.
Howard agreed to a 3 year, $70.5 million dollar deal after a struggle of a season last year with Houston. Howard averaged just 13.8 points in 71 games as he just never seemed to fit in with Houston.
The strategy will be much different for Atlanta this year as they’ll play inside out this season.
The one thing to watch for is whether or not this team will have that player who can come up clutch late. This Atlanta team is built on a lot of players with individual talent at their specific position, but they lack that go to scorer.
F Paul Millsap remains probable for Thursday as he continues to battle a knee problem.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Wizards are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Wizards are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- Hawks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Hawks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
Free Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Prediction:
It’s going to be interesting to see how Howard adapts to this offense.
Look for both teams to struggle a bit early on here, which gives the Under value.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Under 204.5
With Wall limited and the Hawks not having that explosive player, this is going to be a lower scoring game.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Atlanta 97- Washington 96
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