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Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks - 4/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

20 April 2017, 04:09 | Myron Mathis

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According to game score, a metric created by John Hollinger to give a rough measure of a player's productivity for a single game, this was the second-highest highest game score in franchise history among players getting a double-double in the postseason - only Gilbert Arenas's 2006 performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers (36 points and 11 assists producing a 28.9 game score) ranked higher. The Wizards wanted to get out in transition but were unable to due to all of the quick whistles.

A collective disdain for the officiating galvanized an announced capacity crowd.

Millsap scored 14 points in the third quarter, including six during a 13-0 run by the Hawks that took them from a deficit to a 74-67 edge with a little more than 3½ minutes left in that period.

The early developments of the Wizards-Hawks series should have thrilled UFC President Dana White; both teams have given his league tons of free advertisement.

"The difference in the game is we were playing basketball and they were playing MMA", Millsap said, who finished with 19 points. Those comments didn't sit well with Markieff Morris.

"I just feel like we've got a lot of options, a lot of guys we have confidence in", Budenholzer said.

"It's the playoffs, man". "How much more do you want?"

I will update with betting trends once they are released. So you know, that didn't change. "Having Baze off the bench has been good for us too. Not worry about what they're saying". He has scored or assisted on at least 50 points four times in his playoff career, and the Wizards have won all four games.

Atlanta was called for 26 fouls, and the Wizards for 29. Can they get to the free throw line more often? Wall is particularly adept at finding Gortat around the rim - in the fourth quarter, the two connected for two more buckets around the basket.

Morris statistically outperformed Millsap during the regular-season meetings and did so again in the playoff opener.

Not to mention committing his usual quota of silly fouls. Their defensive indifference, which caused Coach Scott Brooks to compare their high-scoring affairs to "old-school ABA games", turned back into the grit that defined most of the year.

"That is also part of the reason why we've been good this year".

"We were playing basketball".

"Things weren't going our way tonight but we stuck together and we fought until the end", Jennings said. "This is a game that you have to do that. If we're going to jostle the whole series, then that's what it's going to be".

However, foul trouble kept the Wizards from doing that completely. The Wizards were in the penalty just 3:15 in the third quarter and Morris, Porter, and Oubre all picked up their fourth personal fouls during that time frame.

The entire starting five needs to play better the rest of the way, especially against Washington's starting group.

In the four games played in the regular season between the two teams, Wizards holds a 3-1 record. Thirty-two and 14, that's All-Star, that's high-level All-Star game.

Jason Smith worked all around the court, recording an assist, a block and a steal in the opening moments.

Note: Above given lineups are Projected lineups, the official lineups for the game will be updated on the time of game tip-off at 07:00 pm ET.

Patterson shot 43.8 percent from three over his last 20 games of the season and will hope to ride that momentum into the playoffs.

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