Who will challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference playoffs? It could be either participant in Wednesday’s matchup (8 PM ET, ESPN) between the Washington Wizards and the visiting Atlanta Hawks. The Wizards lead the Southeast Division at 42-27 SU and 36-32-1 ATS; the Hawks are five games back at 37-32 SU and 31-38 ATS.
This will be the fourth time the Hawks and Wiz have done battle this season. Washington is ahead 2-1 SU and ATS, winning their last two meetings after dropping the season-opener in Atlanta. That loss was before the Hawks sent Kyle Korver (40.9% from long range) to the Cavaliers in early January. However, Atlanta added some talent at the trade deadline, picking up two-way power forward Ersan Ilyasova from the Philadelphia 76ers.
Washington also has some reinforcements for Wednesday’s contest. The Wiz acquired Bogan Bogdanovich (45.8% from downtown) from the Brooklyn Nets at the deadline, and they firmed up their bench by signing point guard Brandon Jennings when the New York Knicks cut him loose on March 1. But Washington’s biggest addition was the return of Ian Mahinmi from the injured list on February 8; they’re 12-6 SU and 6-11-1 ATS since.