Hawks vs. Wizards Pick – March 22nd

We got a relatively easy winner last night with the Pelicans showing some home fight in a 95-82 win over the playoff-bound Grizzlies.  It was the Pelicans fourth straight home win and fifth win in six games and while they aren’t a legit “threat” just yet, you can bet the Warriors and Spurs aren’t sad the Pelicans are likely heading to the Lottery.  They might not win a season, but it is hard to imagine the front court duo of Boogie and The Brow getting bounced in four straight.  This team is a play-making guard away from being no worse than hella interesting…

Speaking of teams with some fight, how bout Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka throwin’ some hands last night??  It’s not often you see NBA players throw actual punches anymore because of the massive penalties associated with the decision to employ the fisticuffs.  I can’t recall the last punches thrown that actually landed in an NBA game (neither Lopez or Ibaka connected), but I am sure someone can remind me on Twitter @TheMarchManiacs  (and Carmelo’s punch in the back a decade ago doesn’t count!)

Let’s see if we can notch another NBA winner tonight.

Today’s NBA Pick:

Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards -7

I’ll admit, laying seven is a little steep, and I’d love this game if it were to get down another point or so.  But even at -7, the Wizards are my best play on tonight’s NBA slate.  The Wizards red-hot blazing  play has cooled off a bit, especially against the spread, but they are catching a few substantial breaks in tonight’s matchup.

First, and most importantly, the Hawks are really short-handed.  Paul Milsap is expected to be out, Kent Bazemore is still out and Mike Dunleavy may or may not be available (not that he is a huge factor on the line).  That leaves Atlanta with Schroeder and Dwight and a 3-7 record over their last ten games. They are just 2-8 ATS in their last ten games and have looked really listless.

Washington is one of the best home favorites in the NBA at 17-12 ATS and has been playing really good basketball the last few months.  Atlanta has lost by double-digits in each of their last four games and the losses include juggernauts like the Hornets and Blazers.  This looks like a team that has cashed it in, and without their best player, Milsap, look not just bad but resigned to defeat.

I’ll take the better team and the healthier team at home.

Today’s Pick:  Washington Wizards -7

Chris Scheeren / Author