Check out our free Hawks vs Wizards pick and preview for this NBA game in Washington. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Hawks vs Wizards NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards
- Where: Washington at Capital One Arena
- Date: Friday, March 10th
- Betting Odds WAS +1.5, ATL -121 | WAS +100 O/U 237.5
So far, the Hawks have put together an overall record of 33-33, while going 29-36-1 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Atlanta has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.
Atlanta is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Wizards. Going into the game, they were 3 point favorites against the spread. Their 122-120 victory was not enough to cover. Even though Atlanta did not immediately put a dent in their halftime deficit as they trailed by 4 points heading into 4th, they still managed to come out on top. In the win, Trae Young led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 78.6%.
So far, the Wizards have put together an overall record of 31-35, while going 31-33-2 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Washington has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-1-1 against the spread.
The Wizards will be looking to bounce back from a 122-120 loss to the Hawks. In terms of betting, Washington entered as 3 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. Washington went on to lose the game despite leading by 3 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Kristaps Porzingis, as he contributed 43 points while hitting 77.3% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Wizards picked up the win 119-116 win over the Hawks. Heading into the game, Washington was the 7.5 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. So far, the two team’s have split their season series, with each team at 1-1. Similar to their season-long average, the Hawks averaged 116.0 points per game vs the Wizards. Just like the Hawks, the Wizards maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 112.5 points per game vs Atlanta. Across the last 5 matchups between the teams, Washington has gone 3-2 vs the spread. However, the Hawks actually have a positive scoring margin in these games at +5 points per game. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 4-1. Combined, they averaged 231 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Hawks offense is rated 5th in the league in scoring, averaging 117.2 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Hawks are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.7 possessions per game. Even though the unit has one of the lower effective field goal percentages in the NBA at 54.1%. Their up-tempo style of play has given them enough opportunites to make up for their poor shooting numbers.
Currently, the Hawks defense is ranked 21st in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.38 points per game vs the unit.
On offense, Trae Young leads the Hawks in scoring at 26.7 points per game, placing him 14th in the NBA. Overall, Young has hit 43.2% of his shots while accounting for 21.2% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 15th in points allowed to point-guards. At 21.0 points per game, Dejounte Murray is the 2nd leading scorer for the Hawks. For the season, he is 85th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 46.7%.
The Wizards come into today’s game as the 20th ranked scoring offense at 113.3 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Wizards are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.2 per contest. If the Wizards offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 13th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Defensively, Washington has had its problems giving up an average of 112.0 points per game (16th).
This season, the Wizards offense has primarily worked through Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 56 games, Porzingis is 31st in the NBA at 23.2 points per game. So far, him and Kuzma have accounted for 39% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 44.7 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Kyle Kuzma is grabbing 7.3 rebounds for Washington to go along with 3.8 assists.
Hawks vs Wizards Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Hawks -1.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 237.5