Atlanta & Washington Set to Stun NBA Betting Online FansPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
Most bettors who bet on NBA basketball are more than likely currently captivated by the thrilling betting action the NCAA Tournament is providing. But since the NBA regular season is soon coming to a close, sportsbook fans have to be careful not to miss out on some of the final opportunities to wager on regular season matchups in the NBA.
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The NBA betting online playoffs officially commence on Saturday, April 16th. Until then, teams will do all they can to assure that they rank within the top-8 teams in each conference. The leaders of the East and West’s playoff hopes may not be in jeopardy, but there are some teams who could possibly lose their playoff seeding, including the Atlanta Hawks.
The Atlanta Hawks are currently the proud owners of the East’s 5th seed. However, they’re only 2 games ahead of No. 8 Miami. With the end of the regular season in sight, Atlanta cannot afford any slipups, especially in their Wednesday night matchup against the Washington Wizards.
Atlanta vs. Washington – Wednesday, March 22
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: Verizon Center
NBA Betting Online Odds
Atlanta Hawks +7 (-110) 213 ½ (-110) +255
Washington Wizards -7 (-110) 213 ½ (-110) -310
The Hawks enter Wednesday night’s matchup sporting a 37-33 record that ranks Atlanta 2nd in the Southeast Division, 5 games behind division-leading Washington. Although they won’t have an opportunity to usurp the Wizards in the Southeast, they’ll still have an opportunity to snap the 4-game losing streak they’re on. Although the NBA betting online odds don’t think they can accomplish it, as aforementioned, the Hawks cannot afford any more slip-ups. The Hawks have been a part of the postseason for the last 9 years consecutively and are not about to let that eye-raising streak come to an abrupt end.
To help upset the Wizards, the Hawks will turn to leading point scorer Paul Millsap. Millsap is currently averaging 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. Second in points for Atlanta is Dennis Schroder who is averaging 17.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per outing.
The Wizards have been enjoying more success than Atlanta and in addition to having a 42-28 record and the No. 1 spot in the Southeast; Washington also ranks as the 3rd best team in the Eastern Conference, just two games behind Boston and 4 games behind the Cavaliers. Washington is coming off a season in which they failed to qualify for the playoffs, and this year’s team has done a phenomenal job in assuring that streak won’t be extended.
The Wizards will turn to Bradley Beal to lead them against the Hawks. Beal is leading Washington in points with his average of 23.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. Second in points for Washington is John Wall who is draining 22.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 10.8 assists per outing.