The matchup between the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks is the closest of the bunch according to the oddsmakers. Vegas currently has the Wizards at -230 to advance, while the Hawks are at +195 to pull off the slight upset. Not only should this be a very competitive series, but there is also some history between these two teams. Just two years ago, the Hawks beat the Wizards 4-2 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in a highly entertaining series.
The Wizards earned the four-seed in the East by going 49-33 in the regular season. They won their first division title since the 1978-1979 season to punch their ticket to the playoffs for the third time in four years. Washington is lead by John Wall, who made his fourth straight All-Star team after having his best season to date. The 26-year-old point guard posted career-highs in points (23.1), assists (10.7), steals (2.1), and field goal percentage (45.1%).
Atlanta had a solid regular season, securing the five-seed in the Eastern Conference with a 43-39 record. This is their 10th consecutive trip to the playoffs, and even though the Hawks have never made it to the NBA Finals over this span, that’s still pretty damn impressive. Atlanta’s best player is power forward Paul Millsap, and the 32-year-old made his fourth straight All-Star team this year after averaging 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.
Now that the stage has been set, let’s breakdown all of the different ways you can watch Washington and Atlanta kick off their series.
Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks Game 1 Viewing Details
Date: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Time: 1:00 P.M. EST
Location: Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: TNT
Spread: Washington -5, O/U 209
How To Live Stream Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks Game 1 Online
If you already have a cable or satellite provider, you can watch Game 1 online at Watch TNT. You just need your log-in and password information and you’re good to go.
If you don’t have access to a cable or satellite log-in, you can watch TNT through Sling TV. Sling TV is a service that allows subscribers to watch live and on-demand TV channels on TVs, computers, or mobile devices for a monthly fee. It’s just like a cable or satellite TV service, except it’s delivered over the internet. The service’s Orange package includes TNT and costs $20 a month, but you can sign up for a free seven-day trial. If you cancel your subscription within the week, you will not be charged. Once signed up, simply download the app for your computer to start watching.
You can also live stream TNT online through DIRECTV NOW. DIRECTV offers a free seven-day trial, so you will receive a full week free before your paid membership begins. If you cancel your subscription within the seven day period, you will not be charged. DIRECTV NOW is available on Desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.
Watch Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks Game 1 On Phone, Tablet Or Mobile
For Sling TV users, you can watch TNT on the Sling app. Sign up for a free Sling trial and download their app from the App Store or Google Play. There is also a Sling app for Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.