Washington Wizards vs Atlanta Hawks (By: Miyagi)
This is a weird match between two very inconsistent teams that don't have much left to play for this season and since tanking is a factor, it makes it even tougher to predict the final outcome.
What those teams have in common are their terrible defenses. The Hawks have the worst defensive record of the league, allowing 118 points per game but the Wizards are also doing the 'best' they can and they have the third worst defense with their 115.6 points.
The Hawks are also leading the league in possessions per game, averaging 108 which is massive compared to the Cavs' 95 per game! The Wizards, on the other side, also like fast paced games with quick offenses and they are close with 106.2 possessions per game.
This is expected to be a highly entertaining match for the fans, just like their 3 previous meetings this season, and there should be a high score with both teams scoring above 110 points. What I will go for is the First Quarter points as those lines are quite decent since we are talking about the Hawks! They force a very high tempo early in their games and there is madness throughout their first Qs and of course, they have the worst defensive record as their opponents average 31p per first quarter while the Wizards are just as embarrassing, allowing 59.6p!
There was a total of 63 or more points in the first quarter in 4 of the Hawks' last 5 games. On the other side, there were less than 60 points in the first Q in just 2 of the last 6 games for the Wizards but those games were against teams that prefer much slower tempos (Cavs, Magic).
If those teams play their normal game and start as energized as they always do there will be at least 60 points in the first quarter.
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Washington Wizards vs Atlanta Hawks predictions
|Over 58.5 Points (First Quarter)||Bet365||1.90||8||20-35 LOST (-8 units)|
Washington Wizards vs Atlanta Hawks betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Miyagi).