Atlanta Hawks Vs. Washington Wizards: Predictions, Starting Lineups (12/31/23)

After blowing an 18-point halftime lead to the Sacramento Kings in their last game, the Atlanta Hawks will look to rebound on the road against one of the worst teams in the league: Washington. Our Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards predictions, game preview, and best bets are all featured below, including a detailed breakdown of matchups and advantages.

Atlanta Hawks Vs. Washington Wizards Prediction

Atlanta is amidst a four-game losing streak, which was most recently extended because it blew a massive 18-point lead in the second half. The Hawks have lost to Miami, Memphis, Chicago, and Sacramento in their past four games while boasting the sixth-worst net rating in the league; they have the worst field goal percentage and the sixth-worst three-point percentage in that stretch.

Meanwhile, Washington is fresh off a home win against the Brooklyn Nets, giving it its sixth win of the 2023-24 regular season. The Wizards got great efforts from Tyus Jones (12 points, six assists, and four rebounds), Kyle Kuzma (26 points and eight rebounds), and Deni Avdija (21 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists); however, Jordan Poole had an abysmal game, posting merely five points in 25 minutes.

While this is a bad matchup for the Wizards due to Clint Capela’s rebounding prowess (he has the most offensive rebounds this season of any player in the NBA), laying seven points for Atlanta, a team on a four-game skid, feels like a bit much even if it is playing against Washington.

The Hawks have not been able to throw the ball into the ocean during their losing streak, and it is challenging to see them improving in not only that but also their spread-covering abilities (7-24 ATS), or lack thereof. Atlanta should win but look for the Wizards to keep the game somewhat close.

Of course, this is all contingent on Tyus Jones’ availability; if he cannot play, we are off of this game’s popular bets completely. He is too important to the starting unit of this team.

Atlanta Hawks Vs. Washington Wizards Prediction: Wizards +7 (-110)

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Atlanta Hawks Vs. Washington Wizards Best Odds

 

 

The Atlanta Hawks are a seven-point road favorite against the floundering Wizards. Washington has Moneyline odds of +215, while Atlanta is a -265 favorite to win outright on the road. The point total for this matchup rests around 252.5, with the Under having a slight edge at -112 on DraftKings.

Atlanta Hawks Starting Lineup

PG: Trae Young
SG: Dejounte Murray
SF: Saddiq Bey
PF: Jalen Johnson
C: Clint Capela

Washington Wizards Starting Lineup

PG: Tyus Jones
SG: Jordan Poole
SF: Deni Avdija
PF: Kyle Kuzma
C: Daniel Gafford

Atlanta Hawks Vs. Washington Wizards Injuries

Atlanta will miss a few players for this Eastern Conference bout against one of the league’s worst teams; De’Andre Hunter (knee), Seth Lundy (ankle), Onyeka Okongwu (illness), and Mouhamed Gueye (back) will not suit up for the game. Meanwhile, Washington will be without its sharpshooting veteran forward Danilo Gallinari (back.) Tyus Jones (left foot soreness) will be a game-time decision for the Wizards, so check back in on his availability leading up to tip-off.

Drew is one of the NBA Lead Writers at Lineups.com, specializing in betting content such as game predictions and player props. With a deep knowledge of players and prospects, Drew has an extensive edge in covering everything NBA.

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