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Atlanta Hawks vs Washington Wizards Prediction & Preview

#523 Washington Wizards
Wizards 1.5
#524 Atlanta Hawks
Hawks -1.5
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 6:05pm
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Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks Prediction, Preview, and Odds - 1-26-2020
On Sunday night, the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks will do battle in this Southeast division matchup. Tip-off is set for a 6:00 PM ET.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on NSWA for Washington and FSSE for Atlanta. 

Wizards Hanging Around In East Playoff Race

The Washington Wizards are having a below-average season. They are 11th in the Eastern Conference standings, 10-17 in conference play, 6-18 away, and 5-5 in their last ten games. Washington is 2-4 in their last six games and the offense and defense has been all over the place with high and low production. Lately, the Wizards have played some elite teams and they almost beat the Miami Heat in overtime. All in all, you never know what type of Washington team will show up on any given day. Bradley Beal leads the team in points per game with 27.8.
According to bulletsforever.com, Wizards fans give the team a “C” for midseason performance.
"Team confidence and grading are two different things. Also, NBA fans as a whole give this season a “B” on how things are going so far."
In their last game, the Wizards beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-112. The Washington offense played well for three quarters and outscored the Cavs for three quarters. The Wizards had four players finish in double figures in scoring and Beal led the team in points with 36. They shot 55.3 percent from the field, 16 of 36 on threes, and 14 of 18 from the free throw line. The Wizards won the rebound and points in the paint stat. They will look to build off of this solid offensive and defensive game.

Hawks Looking For Something Positive

The Atlanta Hawks are having a brutal season. They are last in the Eastern Conference, 5-23 in conference play, 6-16 at home, and 3-7 in their last ten games. Atlanta is 3-3 in their last six games and they have actually been playing good ball. There were a couple of blowout losses to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Detroit Pistons. However, they had solid games against the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers, two of the best teams in the league. Right now, the Hawks are playing better than what their record shows. Trae Young leads the team in points per game with 29.1.
According to ajc.com, Hawks on clock to build a better team for All-Star Trae Young.
“He wants to create a championship team and be part of a championship-caliber team in Atlanta,”general manager Travis Schlenk said. “That’s where his mindset is. I don’t have any reason to think it’s changed.”
In their last game, the Hawks lost to the Thunder 140-111. For three quarters, Atlanta kept up with OKC and then the game slipped away in the fourth. The Hawks had four players finish in double figures in scoring and John Collins led the team in points with 28. Atlanta shot 45.7 percent from the field, 11 of 36 from three, and 16 of 20 from the free throw line. They did well in offensive rebounds and threw the ball around, but they need to take advantage of second chance points and get more bench scoring. It was still impressive to see three guys score over 20 plus points.

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