Hawks vs. Wizards: Atlanta Hopes to Continue Dominance over Washington

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IMarch 24, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 28:  Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks against John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards at Philips Arena on December 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Hawks (28-20) will likely push their win streak to three games on Saturday night, traveling to take on the Washington Wizards (11-35) inside the Verizon Center. The franchise has won 13 of the last 14 meetings overall.

Las Vegas oddsmakers opened up the Hawks as four-point road favorites, but that number has fallen by a point at most spots, and the total stands at 191.

Atlanta has won both games over Washington at home by a double-digit margin during the 2011-12 campaign, including a 102-88 victory as 11.5-point favorites on March 16.

Total players will find that the last four meetings have gone "under" the number, which could easily happen today due to the two teams holding opponents to a combined 180.4 points over the past five games.

The Hawks are going to be tough to wager against due to their 26-3 record when scoring 90 or more points this season, as they've hit that mark on the offensive end in nine of the last 10 meetings in this series.

Washington has gone 5-1 against the spread (ATS) in its past six games. They will look to bounce back from a disappointing 85-83 setback to the Indiana Pacers as seven-point home underdogs on Thursday.

Wizards point guard John Wall is coming off a 16-point performance versus the Pacers and has averaged 18.2 points per game in six overall meetings with tonight's opponent.

I'm going to lay the small number due to the Hawks being 4-1 ATS as a road favorite of three points or less, while the Wizards are 8-15 ATS at home.

Pick: Atlanta Hawks -2.5