NBA Playoff Betting – Wizards Have Chance to Take Commanding Lead Without Wall

  • Updated: May 11, 2015
  • basketball betting

    By Charles Jay

    The Washington Wizards were left for dead, even among many members of the media in their own home city, after it was discovered that point guard John Wall had suffered five different fractures in his left hand. Because Wall was such an important part of the mix – indeed, one of the most valuable players in the NBA – it was assumed that this team would become somewhat disjointed without him. Well, for the long run that remains to be seen, that is, if Wall cannot return to the lineup. But after losing Game 2 against the Atlanta Hawks, Washington re-assembled itself and took a different attack plan into Game 3.

    The result was three quarters of beautiful basketball, after which they had a 21-point lead. But in the fourth quarter, that lead dwindled down to nothing, as Atlanta tied the game with 14 seconds left. It took a shot at the buzzer from the wily veteran, Paul Pierce, to propel Washington into a 2-1 lead in the series, which makes the burden a little bit easier for this team, since if Wall is going to be well enough to return, it buys him a little time.

    So Game 4 tips off at 7 PM Eastern time at the Verizon Center in the nation’s capital, and in the NBA playoff betting odds established at Chinese Bookie on this one, Atlanta is laying points:

    Atlanta Hawks -4.5
    Washington Wizards +4.5

    Over 195.5 points -110
    Under 195.5 points -110

    Wall would really like to play, but the situation as it stands now is that the swelling in his hand has not gone down enough to allow him to even practice yet. Coach Randy Wittman is keeping a close eye on the situation, and if this series goes to six or seven games, the star point guard would probably have a better chance of getting back into the lineup.

    In the meantime, Washington will try to continue playing the kind of defense that seems to have had Atlanta off-balance on a constant basis. The Hawks are shooting just 41.7% overall in the series, and that is not so illogical, since the Wizards allowed only 43.2% shooting on the part of their opposition during the regular season. Jeff Teague, one of the four members of the Hawks made the All-Star team, has been only 29% accurate, and a big disappointment has been Kyle Korver, who Chinese Bookie customers know as perhaps the best long-range shooter in the game. Korver was 49% from three-point land during the regular season, but that number has been reduced to 34.6% in this particular series.

    The Wizards are on a string where they have covered eight of their last nine games against the basketball pointspread, so they feel confident, even though Atlanta has a 26-19 straight-up record on the road. It was kind of scary what the Hawks did in the final quarter, riding Dennis Schroder’s 16 points as part of a roll in which they scored 17 consecutive points to bring some drama to the proceedings. They are getting good news for this game, in that Paul Millsap, who looked lethargic on Saturday because he was suffering from the flu, is feeling better and will probably be a part of the starting lineup. He is one of those “glue” guys who helps everybody become better. Atlanta did have a hefty edge in points scored in the paint in Game 3 (50-32) and they also had more fast-break points than the Wizards (25-11). So there is some reason for optimism coming in.

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