Basketball Betting: Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks Pick



Washington Wizards
(6-5, 4-6-1 ATS)

Atlanta Hawks
(7-5, 6-4-2 ATS)

NBA betting action on Thanksgiving night heads to the Peach State, as the Atlanta Hawks are facing the Washington Wizards in Southeast Division action.

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The Wizards might be winless on the road this year, but they are going to have a golden opportunity to capture this one if John Wall carries the team. Wall had been out of the lineup for a few games with an ankle injury, but he stormed back off of the bench two nights ago to drop 25 points on the Philadelphia 76ers in an overtime victory. Wall is averaging 18.9 points per game this season, and he is well on his way to the Rookie of the Year award as long as he stays healthy. The play of “Agent 0,” Gilbert Arenas, has really helped out as well. We wish that Arenas would shoot better than 39.2 percent from the floor, but he is still pouring in 16.0 points per game and is really contributing to the team’s winning ways. Andray Blatche is building upon his great season from last year, and he is averaging 16.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. The man to really keep an eye on is C JaVale McGee. McGee had a hard time getting on the court for the Wizards in each of the last two seasons, but he has stormed onto the scene this year, averaging 10.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, and a whopping 2.9 blocks per game.

Atlanta has lost three straight NBA betting battles and is now just 3-5 SU at Phillips Arena this season. The defeat three nights ago against the Boston Celtics was a particularly rough one, as the Hawks were dominated 99-76 and heard the jeers from the hometown crowd. With F Marvin Williams really not playing up to his abilities thus far on the campaign, the Hawks have some serious depth issues. They really only have five men that they can rely on for scoring, and all five play at least 28 minutes per game. Al Horford is doing well in 2010 thus far, as he is averaging 16.6 points and 9.3 boards per game. Josh Smith is leading the block party with 39 on the season, and he has 15.3 points and 8.9 boards on the average night. The team’s leading scorer was the one man that really cashed in on free agency in this offseason, Joe Johnson. Though Johnson really hasn’t lived up to his standards yet this season, without his 17.6 points per game, Atlanta would be nowhere to be found.

We’re falling for the Wizards in this one. We really believe that they have a chance to take advantage of a tired and thin Atlanta team that just doesn’t feel like it has hit its stride yet. Washington might pull off the outright upset, but if it doesn’t, we have no problems taking the eight points given to us by the oddsmakers.

NBA Free Pick: Washington Wizards +8

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