Washington Wizards (12-18) vs Atlanta Hawks (6-23) Live | NBA Basketball on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm in State Farm Arena
The Washington Wizards have just finished an impressive performance and hope to produce another during their visit to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. Washington on Sunday fired LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 128-110 to finish a four-game series.
Wizards goalkeeper John Wall had his best game of the season with 40 points and 14 assists against Los Angeles. Expect the end to mark the beginning of a change. “We have not been the team we want to be and all we are doing is taking this as a positive step and trying to move forward,” Wall told reporters after the victory. Atlanta has lost three consecutive games and seven of its last eight games and its defense was atrocious in Sunday’s defeat by 144-127 against the Brooklyn Nets. The Hawks averaged 129 points in their three games against the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and Nets.
Television: 7:30 PM ET, NBCS Washington, FS Southeast (Atlanta)
Washington Wizards vs Atlanta Hawks: Odds Line
Assistants -4.5 | Atlanta Hawks +4.5 – More / less: 235
Washington Wizards vs Atlanta Hawks: News
THE WIZARD (12-18):
Washington still does not know if veteran forward Trevor Ariza will be ready for Tuesday’s game to begin his second leg with the club. Ariza acquired from Phoenix Suns for forwarding Kelly Oubre Jr. and guard Austin Rivers. Goalkeeper Bradley Beal cannot wait to see him again on the ground. “Trev has a spark in himself, he has a real want to win,” Beal told reporters. “He does not care what he looks like, he’s going to do it, he always accepts the challenge defensively, his leadership qualities and his [ability to express himself], everything that implies, his moral from time to time the terrain is everything That we need is an excellent character, a perfect fit. ”
THE HAWKS (6-23):
Second-year send John Collins looks like a future star and has scored 20 or more points in five of the six games. The 21-year-old has gone through a streak of doubles with five doubles until he contributed 29 points and eight rebounds in Sunday’s loss to the Nets. He averaged 23.3 points and 12.7 rebounds in the six-game stretch. Timely goalkeeper Trae Young recorded his ninth double-double of the season when he had 13 points and 10 assists against Brooklyn.
Washington Wizards vs Atlanta Hawks: Betting
- Beal scored 36 points, a season-high, while Washington scored a 131-117 victory on the road against the Hawks on December 5.
- Young scored 14 points on 4 shots of 13 and made six turnovers in the loss to the Wizards.
- The Washington player, Markieff Morris (neck), left the game on Sunday and is not sure of playing against Atlanta.
Washington Wizards vs Atlanta Hawks: Prediction
Magicians 126, Hawks 117