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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards

December 31, 2023

Two Southeast Division rivals will square off on Sunday afternoon in the NBA when the Atlanta Hawks travel to Washington, District of Columbia to face the Washington Wizards at the Capital One Arena with the tip-off scheduled for 3:00 PM ET and will air on Bally Sports Southeast.

Atlanta has been a below-average team this season as they enter this game in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 12-19 and are on a four-game losing streak following a 110-117 loss at home against the Sacramento Kings on Friday. The Hawks prefer to play at a faster pace than the average NBA team which leads them to score a lot of points while also allowing a lot of points as they enter this game averaging the 3rd most points per game in the league with an average of 121.94 points per game while allowing the 4th most points per game with an average of 122.58 points per game. 

Trae Young is the best player on the team and is averaging a double-double this season with an average of 27.9 points and 11.2 assists per game. The Atlanta Hawks will look to end their four-game losing streak when they travel to face the Washington Wizards.

The Washington Wizards are also one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference this season as they enter this game with a record of 6-25 which is the 2nd worst record in the conference only being better than the Detroit Pistons. Washington ended their three-game losing streak with a 110-104 win at home against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. The Wizards are the worst team defensively in the NBA as they are allowing an average of 126.03 points per game while having a slightly above-average scoring team as they are averaging 116.39 points per game. 

Kyle Kuzma has been one of the lone bright spots for Washington this year as he leads the team in scoring with an average of 22.6 points per game. The Washington Wizards will look to build off the momentum following Friday’s win at home against the Nets when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday afternoon.

BookMaker has the Atlanta Hawks listed as 6.5-point favorites on the road against the Washington Wizards on Sunday afternoon. Atlanta has won eight of the last ten including the previous five meetings. The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last ten while the Hawks are 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Atlanta Hawks are 7-24 ATS overall, 6-11 ATS on the road, and 2-12 ATS as a favorite this season while the Washington Wizards are 15-16 ATS overall, 4-9 ATS at home, and 14-15 ATS as an underdog on the year.

Atlanta is the better team this season, however, they have been one of the worst teams in the NBA at covering the spread going 7-24 ATS overall and 2-12 ATS as a favorite. I expect the Hawks to win this game, however, Washington has the better record ATS as they are 15-16 ATS overall which is why I am buying the .5 point and taking the points with the Washington Wizards when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday afternoon. 

Spooky Express Pick: Washington Wizards +7