The NBA is set up with another great slate of games throughout Friday night. Ten games are up on the board throughout January 29. One of these games will be between the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards. These two teams have struggled early in the season, but will look for a win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
The Hawks have earned a record of 9-9 so far this season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Eastern Conference. Atlanta lost their last game to Brooklyn, but had won four of their last five before that. The Hawks will look to earn a win in this one as they try to get back above .500. I expect Atlanta to try and come out hot in this one as they look for a win.
Washington has posted a record of 3-11 throughout the early part of this season, which has put them in last place of the Eastern Conference. The Wizards have lost three games in a row and six of their last seven. Washington will look to try and end this slump with a win on Friday night. I expect the Wizards to try and come out stronger as they look to save their postseason hopes.
These two teams have struggled throughout the early portion of this season but will look to get it going in this one. Atlanta at least finds themselves in a playoff spot early, but will still look to improve as this season goes along. The Wizards have struggled to find any momentum throughout this season and I expect them to try and get a victory in this one.
The Hawks and the Wizards met up three times throughout last season. Washington hosted the first game on January 10. Trae Young dropped 19 points as Atlanta’s starting lineup combined for 72 points. Jordan McRae 29 points, while Troy Brown finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Wizards were able to hold on for a 111-101 win at home.
The second game of the season series shifted to Atlanta on January 26. Bradley Beal dropped 40 points on the night, but it was not enough for the Wizards. Trae Young scored 45 points and 14 assists. De’Andre Hunter finished with 25 points as well. The Hawks starting lineup scored 118 points to lead Atlanta to a 152-133 win at home.
Washington hosted the final game of the season series as well. Cam Reddish dropped 28 points on the night and John Collins scored 26 points and 10 rebounds. The Hawks could not earn the win though. Bradley Beal dropped 35 points, while Davis Bertans put up 17 points off the bench. The Wizards were able to earn a 118-112 win to finish out the season series.
These two teams met up three times throughout last season. The Wizards were able to win the season series 2-1, while both teams ended up winning their home games. Washington will look to find that magic again in this one as they look to knock off the Hawks at home. If the Wizards can come out hot in this one, they should be able to keep it close with Atlanta.
Field Goal Shooting
Atlanta has not been great shooting the ball early in this season. The Hawks have been able to make around 44.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 24th in the NBA. Atlanta has also shot 35.3 percent from behind the arc, which is 22nd in the league. The Hawks have made 81.9 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 3rd in the NBA.
The Wizards have been solid shooting the ball through the early part of this season. Washington is making around 46.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 14th in the league. The Wizards have made 36.9 percent of their three points hots, which is 12th in the NBA. Washingon is shooting 74.4 percent from the free throw line, which is 23rd in the league.
Washington has been slightly better shooting from the field so far this season, but the Hawks have been much better defensively. Atlanta has held opposing teams to a 44.7 percent shooting percentage from the field, which is 5th in the NBA. If the Hawks can shut down the Wizards depleted offense, they will have a good chance to win this one.
Trae Young has been the leader for this Atlanta team so far this season. Young has averaged 26 points and 9 assists per game. De’Andre Hunter is averaging 18 points per game. John Collins has averaged 16.5 points, while Clint Capela is averaging 13.5 points and 14.5 rebounds. Cam Reddish has averaged 12.5 points per game and Kevin Huerter is averaging 11.5 points per game.
Bradley Beal has been the leader for this Wizards team so far this season. Beal has averaged 35.5 points per game. Russell Westbrook is averaging 18 points, 9.5 rebounds and 10 assists per game. Thomas Bryant, Rui Hachimura and Davis Bertans are all averaging over 10 points per game, but still might all be out because of health and safety protocol.
These two teams have had their leaders step up early in the season. Washington could still be without multiple key players after their COVID-19 issues. The Hawks have a very deep lineup and could step up big in this one. If Atlanta can continue to get a good spread of scoring from their players, I think it could be really hard for the Wizards to keep up in this one.
The Wizards are coming into this one struggling a lot. Washington will also likely be without a lot of key players in this one as well. The Hawks will look to take over early in this one as they try to knock off the Wizards. Atlanta has been the better team on defense this season and I think they can shut down Washington’s depth in this one.
BetOnline has the Hawks listed as a -5 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Atlanta on the road in this one. The home team won all three of the games in last season’s series and I think this is the game that will change. The Hawks are the better team coming into this one and I think they can take over early to cover this spread.