Matchup: No. 1 Atlanta Hawks v. No. 5 Washington Wizards
Season series: Hawks 3-1. Atlanta won the first three meetings by an average of 14.7 points and then rested all its starters for the finale.
Playoff path: Atlanta defeated No 8 Brooklyn 4-2; Washington swept No. 4 Toronto 4-0
Schedule: Game 1 tips at 1:00 p.m. Sunday in Atlanta. Click here for the entire schedule.
Wizards - Scoring (John Wall 21.0, Bradley Beal 16.3), Rebounding (Marcin Gortat 7.8), Assists (John Wall 9.8)
Hawks - Scoring (Jeff Teague 21.7, Al Horford 14.3), Rebounding (Al Horford 7.7), Assists (Jeff Teague 7.0)
Star matchup: Facing Jeff Teague means a second straight matchup for John Wall against an All-Star point guard. Wall handled Kyle Lowry with ease in round one, but the quick Teague was something of a pest for Washington during the regular season.
Key matchup: The Hawks spread the court with shooters at all positions, including up front with center Al Horford and forward Paul Millsap. That puts Wizards big men Marcin Gortat and Nene in chase mode away from the basket, which is hardly ideal. Washington can counter by using Paul Pierce and Drew Gooden as stretch-4's, but can either of them handle Millsap's inside-outside game?
Key stats: The Wizards cranked up the scoring and perimeter punch against the Raptors, but were on the short end against the Hawks during the regular season. Atlanta averaged more points (8.7), 3-pointers made (4.0) and attempted (8.2) in the lead-to-head series. Led by Kyle Korver, the Hawks also shot 39 percent from beyond the arc.
Atlanta it is.
— Kris Humphries (@KrisHumphries) May 2, 2015