John Wall leads his Washington Wizards into Atlanta to take on the red hot Hawks. Despite coming off their first loss since December the Hawks are still a difficult team to beat including at home. On the season the Hawks are 23-3 at home with their last home loss coming the day after Christmas.
The point spreads aren’t out on this contest as of now but with the Wizards struggling over their last three games losing all three we could see the spread reach 6-8 points favoring the Hawks. The other factor they will take into play has been the Wizards play on the road this season going 13-10.
For the Wizards this game will simply come down to how well All-Star point guard John Wall plays. Wall is a faciltator who orchestrats the play calling and how the Wizards offense moves. In their current losing streak Wall has played well recording back to back double doubles.
The down side is the team walked away with three straight losses. Wall will need to increase his assist totals for the Wizards to pick up the win. The Wizards are 6-3 on the season when Wall has 13 or more assists. Along with Wall, the Wizards need to control the rebounds against a Hawks team averaging the 27th most per game. This would be a key to the Wizards getting second chance points as well as limiting scoring opportunities.
Despite their recent loss the Hawks are still the team to beat in the Eastern Conference rolling into the All-Star break. While no one is really giving them credit as concerns over which player would be the guy to take the key shot in the playoffs the team is built around some key contributors.
Including All-Stars Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Jeff Teague as well as All-Star snub Kyle Korver. The Hawks do almost every thing right from setting up the open shot to limiting opponents points per game to under 97 points.
This marks the third time this season these two teams will meet after the Hawks picked up wins in the first two contests. In November the Hawks walked away with a 106-102 win in Washington before blowing them out 120-89 in Atlanta.
Along with there recent success on the road the Wizards have also struggled against the spread of late going 0-4 on the road as well as 0-7 in their last seven games overall. The Hawks on the other hand are 7-3 at home against the spread and 6-1 on Wednesday Night.
Other games to watch on Wednesday include:
Chicago Bulls @ Houston Rockets