Wall’s injury shifts odds in Hawks’ favor for game, series

Washington’s John Wall, here with teammate Bradley Beal, watches Game 2 with a soft cast on his left hand Tuesday night at Philips Arena. (Dale Zanine, USA Today)

Washington's John Wall, here with teammate Bradley Beal, watches Game 2 with a soft cast on his left hand Tuesday night at Philips Arena. (Dale Zanine, USA Today)

Washington’s John Wall, here with teammate Bradley Beal, watches Game 2 with a soft cast on his left hand Tuesday night at Philips Arena. (Dale Zanine, USA Today)

The Hawks are seemingly downplaying the significance of John Wall’s fractured hand and wrist, maintaining their strategy for Game 3 of their playoff series against Washington doesn’t hinge on whether Wizards’ point guard plays.

But they’re not downplaying the potential of Wall’s absence in Las Vegas.

The Hawks have shifted from a 2-point underdog for Saturday’s game in Washington to a 2½-to-3-point favorite (depending on the sportsbook) since it was revealed that Wall had suffered five non-displaced fractures in his left hand and wrist. The Hawks also have moved from a slight favorite (minus-165) to win the series to not quite double their previous odds (minus-270). Odds translation: wager $27 on the Hawks to win $10. Or: Washington went from 1.65-to-1 underdog to 2.7-to-1 underdog.

The Wizards say they are consulting with doctors and specialists and don’t know at this time whether Wall will play. But if he does play, his left hand and wrist area likely would be protected with a soft cast or pad, making ball-handling and shooting problematic.

Hawks point guard Jeff Teague said Thursday that Wall and Ramon Sessions, who started Game 2, “play pretty similar. They’re both pretty aggressive, pushing it and trying to get out in transition.” But while Sessions had a strong game, finishing with 21 points and four assists, he’s not nearly the playmaker that Wall is.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman told the Washington Post, “There’s no timetable for something like this is the best way I can put it. We got to be prepared as a team to play without him. Our guys are doing that. Knowing John, if there’s a slight chance to get in, he’s holding out for that. That’s the type of kid he is.”

Regardless, the money is going the other way.

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36 comments
Wilbo
Wilbo

Hey, Schultz, you simpleton jerk! 


Isn't it about time your jealous little crackpot arse wrote another crybaby article about how awfully naughty you think Tom Brady is?


Tom Brady is a man, you are sniveling little poopbutt. Brady plays with and for winners, your little homer Atlanta teams are cowardly losers. Deal w it, LOSER!!!!!!


swimfin2
swimfin2

LOL another brilliant piece by an ajc myrmidon.  

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

Playing the game yesterday shifted odds in Washington's favor.

Wilbo
Wilbo

Uhhhh..... "Wall’s injury shifts odds in Hawks’ favor for game, series"


Are you sure about that, goofball?


Didn't look like it tonite, now, did it?


Monday night is for the series.


TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Okay, so now they are down one man in the series (Walls) and we are down one man in the series(Thabo). I'll take that trade. It's just too bad that Thabo was the guy that got hurt in the fracas instead of Pero!

Olivia_Coleman_Bernard31
Olivia_Coleman_Bernard31

@TreeRollins  I agree, Pero SUX, does he have some minimum playing time guarantee in his contract or something or maybe naked pictures of Bud with Olivia Harlan?

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

Well Wall's injury should  make the Hawks the favorite in this series. But I thought they could beat the Wizard with an Improved John wall anyways...

ComicBookGuy
ComicBookGuy

How is the #3 PG for Washington? Maybe Dennis can go off.

DawgNole
DawgNole

Never want to see an injury to anyone. Would much rather play any opponent at full strength.

Now if Hawks beat them, it's because they didn't have Wall. And if Hawks lose to a team w/o its best player, it's all the more inexcusable. 


Eric_C
Eric_C

@DawgNole   I understand your point about perception, but then I absolutely could not care less.  I've seen too many great  and deserving Hawks teams fail to get to the ECF by losing to powerhouses.  It will not be any less sweet if it happens against a short-handed team.  With that said, there is a long way to go, and this is an Atlanta-based team, so I'm just taking it one game at a time. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Eric_C @DawgNole

Yes, this is an ATL-based team, so indeed there's a long way to go--probably many more years.

I still don't like to see anyone injured--and would much rather play and beat any opponent at full strength than in a weakened state.

KBP
KBP

We played almost all of last season without Al, so get over it Wizards. I did not think the Wizards would win the series if Wall was healthy. The Hawks are just better. It took horrible second half shooting by the Hawks for the Wizards to win game 1. The horrible shooting had more to do with missing open shots than Wizards defense. I can hear Ryan Cameron: "Some still don't believe . . ." 

Chi Ali
Chi Ali

Man this has to hurt hawks fan but If wall had played who knows, golden opportunity blown for the wiz as clevland no love is toast and the bulls are up and down, teauge and milsap have to perform better 4 all the spurs talk hawks need a Duncan lite someone who can get points in the crunch, they shoot jumpers well but when they don't fall teams go on great runs, depending on this playoffs hawks either resign milsap or move on can't get near max money and not create points in the 4th 

AceDawg
AceDawg

While the Wizards have upped their game in the playoffs, I personally think the Hawks are a better team even if Wall is 100% healthy. Not a huge favorite, but I liked them in 6 or 7 even after they lost game one, as the Hawks are still growing in the playoffs and primed to get into a slightly higher gear. 

Jerry916
Jerry916

I expected the Hawks to beat Washing either way.  They had a horrible 4th quarter in game 1, but should have wn that game.


Let's hope they wrap this series up quickly, and get some rest for the Cle vs Chi winner.

creative
creative

I didn't know John Wall was a teenager

SomewherenSGa
SomewherenSGa

This is the NBA playoffs nothing comes easy. So don't relax Hawks. Oh Yea Washington is TOAST! couldn't resist.....

tyger
tyger

KK line: 4+ 3's = Hawks win...

mic404
mic404

I still think the Hawks lose 1 game in Washington, just don't have that killer in them yet. I hope I'm wrong, prove me wrong Hawks!!!

Jmonty
Jmonty

I think Washington will come out very strong, trying to show that they can win without Wall.  It isn't an easy win, by all means.  The Hawks have to play sound defense and play fundamental basketball.  It's all about how well they play, not about one person from the other team that isn't playing. 

tyger
tyger

Its a trap!!!...


Phone Booth will be packed...

Sessions' impersonation of Wall...pretty good

Maybe better, Sessions' pts. directly in Teague's face...'


All know Hawks have to shoot well to win...

John Smalls' absence doesn't change that...


Hawks have to rise up...

John Small...no John Small...

Beat the Grand Wizard out of them!!!

creative
creative

@tyger Return of the Jedi, Superman and the KKK?  Impressive.  

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

Now you know Wall will not play, you have to put your foot on their neck. Let them know unequivocally that their not going to win this series. Hawk Time!

777-9311
777-9311

The Hawks should be worried about Paul Pierce because I see him as the X-factor to take some of the heat off of the other guards. He played well at home and he is the one who gets the crowd into the game.

bpgt
bpgt

@777-9311  We have to get out on these guys and stop letting them have uncontested 3's.  Beal and Pierce will light it up all night back there if we keep leaving them open.  Need to play more sound defense.

Jerry916
Jerry916

@777-9311 As the series draws on, Pierce will become less effective.  He'll start to tire out.

McGarret
McGarret

They had better not get lax. Pierce is a champion and knows what it takes to step up and take up the slack left behind by Wall. And we all know Atlanta teams tend get become waaay lax anytime they get a perceived "break".

BeastOPS
BeastOPS

It's never as easy as one thinks it should be - beating a team without their star.  Other players always step up and play better than they normally would, also making it more difficult to game-plan.  I'd say more times than not when a star is out for one game, it's a wash.  Now since Wall is out for more than one game, it may make a difference..

HeyThere
HeyThere

Hate to say it but if we win the series because Wall is out I won't mind one bit.

bpgt
bpgt

@HeyThere  Well they aren't gonna suspend the series until he is healthy...Hawks have had injuries to their entire starting 5 almost in this series and last.  I don't feel sorry for anyone.

rockinreel
rockinreel

@bpgt @HeyThere  They have one player hurt.  We have three:  One, Thabo with a broken leg, and Paul Milsap and Horford are playing hurt.  I don't feel sorry for them because no one will for us