Wednesday’s BGTBO is about a pair of intriguing NBA games. These four teams are battling for a better position in the East seedings, with the other matchup being on the outside of the playoff picture trying to get in.
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Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards (7:00 PM ET)
It’s primarily an exciting clash because it’s between of two of the top five teams in the East, but more than that, this is a classic confrontation of two opposite styles – the Wizards’ fourth-ranked offense and the Hawks’ fourth-ranked defense.
Even without Paul Millsap (knee), the collective firepower of Dennis Schroder, Dwight Howard, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Ersan Ilyasova should be able to provide John Wall and Bradley Beal a real, solid competition.
Atlanta is 12-8 in is last 20 games on the road (11-9 ATS).
Washington is 16-4 in its last 20 games at home (11-9 ATS), and leads the season series, 2-1.
The Wiz win a hard-fought battle and would slightly fail in covering the spread.
Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls (8:00 PM ET)
These two are knocking on the door of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, and it’s getting harder by the day – Detroit and Chicago are both coming off a tough loss and at least two games back from the eighth seed.
For the Pistons, their bringing in an array of guys that can score at will at any given night, as six players on their roster are averaging 11 or more points per game. Among them, of course, is double-double machine Andre Drummond (14.6 PPG, 13.9 RPG).
The Bulls are a little different, as they are missing the veteran presence of Dwyane Wade (elbow) and likely the interior D of Robin Lopez, who will possibly be suspended due to the scuffle with Serge Ibaka last night.
Still, they have the versatility and leadership of multiple-time All-Stars Jimmy Butler, who averages 23.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists, and Rajon Rondo, who has come to life in Wade’s absence – 14.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 7.2 assists.
Detroit is only 6-14 in its last 20 games (7-13 ATS), but currently leads the season series, 2-1.
Chicago is 11-9 in its last 20 games on the road (9-11 ATS).
The Pistons win a back-and-forth affair.
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