Hawks Look to Slow Down Wizards Wall in Game 2

2017 NBA Playoffs Wizards

Wizards Wall Decided Game 1

The Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards square off in Game 2 of the NBA Playoff Series on Wednesday when they battle at Verizon Center. John Wall of the Wizards single-handedly beat the Hawks in Game #1 on Sunday. If Atlanta doesn’t find some defense tonight the results could be eerily similar.

Wall scored 15 of his 32 points in the third quarter. He finished with 14 assists in the Wizards’ 114-107 win Sunday on their home court. The third period was when Washington found their second half of the regular season form. Their good play led to a 49-33 regular-season record.

Oddsmakers opened the Wizards as -6-point favorites versus the Hawks, while the game’s total opened at 212.

Washington covered the -5.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (221) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Washington trailed 48-45 at halftime in Game 1. The Wizards outscored Atlanta 38-28 in the third quarter and led by as many as 15 points in the fourth.

The Hawks spent the past two days of practice focusing on slowing down Wall. At Tuesday’s practice, Tim Hardaway and rookie Taurean Prince mentioned the idea of building a “wall” of defenders to prevent Wall from once destroying them on the fastbreak. Dennis Schroder had 25 points for the Hawks. They shot 43.6 percent from the field and committed 21 turnovers.

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Next up:
Atlanta home to Washington Saturday, April 22

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