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#555 Atlanta Hawks vs.
#556 Los Angeles Lakers
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 9:35pm EST
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Where: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

When: Sunday, November 17, 9:30 PM. ET.

The Los Angeles Lakers will be going for their fourth consecutive win when they take on the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.

Hawks Going For Second Consecutive Win Over Lakers

The Hawks snapped a five-game losing streak to the Lakers the last time they faced them, giving them their first win over Los Angeles since 2016. They will be trying to end another streak on Sunday by picking up their first win in Los Angeles since 2016 when they play on Sunday.

The team has their work cut out for them on Sunday because the Lakers are playing better than any team, with the exception of the Boston Celtics, and had the day off on Saturday while the Hawks played the Los Angeles Clippers.

Atlanta hasn’t played well offensively, averaging 107 points per game. The team is shooting 46 percent from the field and 30 percent from three-point range, led by Trae Young, who is averaging 27.3 points, four rebounds, and 9.1 assists per game.

Young is averaging 32 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 11.5 assists per game in his last four games.

The Hawks have also struggled defensively, giving up 111.7 points per game. They have played worse over their last four games and have to play much better than they have during their current slump if they want to get the win.

Lakers Trying To Stay Hot

The Lakers have been on a roll since their season-opening loss to the Clippers and have won 10 of their last 11 games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Hawks, which will give them their fourth win in a row and 11th win in their last 12 contests.

Los Angeles has played well offensively, averaging 109.8 points per game. The team is shooting 47 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range.

In their last game, they weren’t as efficient offensively and finished with 99 points, which was still good enough to get the win. LeBron James led the team with 29 points, four rebounds, and 11 assists. Anthony Davis finished with 17 points, five rebounds, and four blocks, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 16 points and three rebounds.

Avery Bradley will miss his second consecutive game after being diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right leg on Thursday.

Even though they are led by James and Davis offensively, the Lakers are on top of the Western Conference standings because of how well they have played on the defensive end, holding opponents to 100.6 points per game. They held their last two opponents to 95.5 points per game and will be difficult to beat if they play as well on Sunday night.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Lakers are the second-hottest team in the league right now, winning 10 of their last 11 games, while the Hawks have lost eight of their last 10 games. Atlanta is averaging 107 points per game and will struggle to score against the Lakers, who are holding opponents to 100.6 points per game and held their last two opponents to 95.5 points per game. The Lakers won’t have a lot of trouble scoring against the Hawks, who are giving up 111.7 points per game and are playing their second game in as many nights. Even though Trae Young tends to rise to the occasion in big games, the Hawks just don’t have enough depth to keep up with the Lakers, who haven’t lost a game to a team with a losing record this season.

Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -13.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Lakers are averaging 109.8 points per game and will go over their season average against the Hawks, who are giving up 111.7 points per game. The Hawks are averaging 107 points per game, but they won’t go over 100 points in this game because the Lakers usually dominate teams with losing records and are holding them to 98.5 points per game, which will be the reason they fail to go over the total in this game.

Prediction: Under 218

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Lakers will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Hawks in the first half of their last three games, averaging 58.7 points per game, while Atlanta averages 56 points per game.

Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers

Half-Time Total Bet

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The Lakers and Hawks are averaging 114.7 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will stay under the first-half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.