Wizards Hoping for Magical Performance against the Hawks

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks

The online NBA betting season has officially begun and teams are picking up right where they left off. Obviously the bulk of the preseason expectations fall on the shoulders of the Cavs and the Warriors, but there are still 28 other professional basketball teams competing this season. Two of which are the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks, whom will be stepping on the court two days after opening night.

On Thursday, October 27th the Washington Wizards will be traveling to Georgia to take on the Atlanta Hawks in the Phillips Arena. The Hawks are coming off the more successful season, and are likely to be favored by the online NBA betting odds. Unfortunately for fans looking to tune into this contest, this game will only be streamed via NBA League Pass. The broadcast will begin at 7:30 PM EST and if you do happen to make the League Pass purchase, you can enjoy the new zoom feature the NBA is implementing to help promote sales.

As aforementioned, most basketball betting sites are going to side with the Hawks in this contest. After taking a look at their 2015-16 season, it’s easy to understand why. Last year, the Hawks finished with a 48-34 record, which placed them 2nd in the Southeast division, and 4th in the Eastern Conference. In the first round of the playoffs, Atlanta faced the Boston Celtics. In the end, the Hawks took the series 4-2. But winning the first series against the Celtics is all Atlanta would get out of the playoffs. In the next round, the Conference Semifinals, the Hawks got swept 4-0 against the eventual champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although it was a heartbreaking loss, the Hawks are coming in with high hopes. Atlanta enters the season with +10000 odds to win the title, which doesn’t peg them as favorites, but doesn’t rule them out either.

On the other hand, the Wizards didn’t enjoy nearly as much success in 2015 as the Hawks did. In the end, the Wizards finished with a 41-41 record, ranking them 4th in the Southeast division, and 10th in the Eastern Conference. It had been a couple of years since Washington qualified for the playoffs, and failure to do so last year was enough motivation for the organization to part ways with Randy Wittman. Wittman had been Washington’s coach since the 2012 season. In his place, the Wizards have brought in Scott Brooks, former coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Washington enters the season with +15000 odds to win the title.

Both of these teams are coming off a solid offseason and will be looking to make some headway into qualifying for the playoffs. After this game has been completed, the Washington Wizards will prepare to face the Memphis Grizzlies on October, 30th, while the Hawks will get ready to square off against the Philadelphia 76ers on October, 29th. Make sure to check the odds for those respective games so you don’t miss out on some great online NBA betting lines.