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It’s an interconference clash on the parquet floor in Hotlanta. The Los Angeles Lakers are on the road as they make the trek to face the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night. Los Angeles comes in off a 143-120 road loss to Philadelphia Sunday afternoon in their last contest. Atlanta dropped a 124-108 home decision to Orlando Sunday night in their last contest. The Lakers own a 190-139 advantage in the all-time regular season series and have won the last five meetings. That includes a 107-106 home win in the first matchup this season on November 11, 2018.
Los Angeles Lakers Seek to Regroup After Blowout Loss
Los Angeles suffered a one-sided loss on the road to Philadelphia as their defense let them down again Sunday afternoon. The Lakers entered Monday 10th in the Western Conference, 2.5 games behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot. Los Angeles led by one after a high-scoring opening quarter but trailed by nine at the half. The Lakers got no closer than three in the second half as the 76ers kept knocking down shots. Los Angeles shot 51.6 percent from the field, including 10 of 27 from three-point range, but allowed Philadelphia to shoot a hot 57.7 percent from the floor. Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 39 points in the loss.
🎥 Kyle Kuzma came out on fire early today, dropping 23 of his 39 points in the first quarter. pic.twitter.com/JX5fPFtt88
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 10, 2019
The Lakers are 14th in the league in scoring offense as they put up 112.2 points per game. Los Angeles is 4th in rebounding with 47.1 boards per contest and 12th in assists with 24.9 per game. The Lakers stand 23rd in the league in scoring defense as they allow 113.4 points per night. LeBron James leads Los Angeles with 26.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 7.4 assists per contest. Kyle Kuzma kicks in 19.1 points per game while Brandon Ingram chips in 17 points a night. JaVale McGee (11.2 points, 6.9 boards), Josh Hart and Rajon Rondo (8.7 points, 7.7 assists) are all solid contributors as well. Lonzo Ball, Lance Stephenson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (10.2 points), Tyson Chandler and Reggie Bullock are key pieces in the rotation for coach Luke Walton. The Lakers are tied for 6th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.4 percent as a team. Los Angeles is 20th in the league with 10.3 triples per game while standing 26th in three-point shooting at 33.9 percent from downtown. Ball is out four to six weeks after spraining his ankle against the Rockets on January 19. Hart is dealing with tendinitis in his knee and is out until after the All-Star break.
Atlanta Hawks Hope to Snap Slide
Atlanta suffered their third straight home loss since returning from a seven-game road trip as they were dumped in the second game of a back to back by Orlando. The Hawks entered Monday 12th in the Eastern Conference, eight games behind the Heat and Pistons, who were tied for the final playoff spot. Atlanta was within one after the opening quarter before getting outscored 37-23 in the second to trail by 15 at the half. The Hawks didn’t get closer than that the rest of the way. Atlanta shot 46.3 percent from the field, including 13 of 32 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 49-33. Alex Len led the Hawks with 16 points off the bench in the loss.
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) February 11, 2019
The Hawks are 19th in the league in scoring offense with 110.9 points per game this season. Atlanta is 19th in the league in rebounding (45 rpg) and 10th with 25.6 assists per contest. The Hawks are 30th in the NBA in scoring defense as they allow 118.5 points per game. Taurean Prince is contributing 13.3 points plus 3.6 rebounds per game on the year. Rookie Trae Young is second on the team with 16.8 points plus 7.4 assists while Kent Bazemore is putting up 13.2 points a night. The Hawks need more production from Miles Plumlee, John Collins (team-high 19.3 points, 9.8 rebounds), Dewayne Dedmon, Omari Spellman, Vince Carter, Alex Poythress and Alex Len offensively in order to have any success. The Hawks are 18th in the league by shooting 45.4 percent from the floor as a team. Atlanta is 7th in the league with 12.1 made three pointers a night and tied for 22nd in three-point shooting as the team hits 34.8 percent from beyond the arc. Plumlee is out until mid-February after a non-surgical procedure on his knee, which could be a factor here.
- Hawks are 9-23 ATS in their last 32 home games
- Hawks are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- Lakers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss
- Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Atlanta has stumbled with three straight losses at home coming into this contest and their defense continues to struggle. The Hawks are in the process of buying out Jeremy Lin, who is expected to sign a deal with the Raptors once the transaction is complete. Los Angeles needs to pick up wins if they hope to end up in the playoff picture. Facing teams that are worse than them in the standings and coming up with wins are critical at this stage. LeBron and the Lakers bounce back and should dispatch the Hawks: give the points here.
Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -5
Full-Game Total Pick
The Lakers were in a high scoring affair in their loss to the 76ers and they’ve struggled on the defensive end of the floor their last time out. Los Angeles has given up at least 115 points in each of their last six games and in 10 of their last 11 contests. The Hawks are the league’s worst scoring defense for the season and they have their work cut out for them. Atlanta has allowed at least 118 points in eight of their last nine games and gave up 112 in the other game. Can the Hawks find a way to slow down the Lakers and get back in the win column?
The over is 6-1 in the Lakers’ last 7 road games, 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing straight up record, 4-1 in their last 5 overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game. Atlanta has seen the over go 6-1 in their last seven against Western Conference foes, 4-1 in their last five after a straight up loss and 4-1 in their last five against Pacific Division teams. The teams have gone over the total in four of their last five meetings. Given the Hawks being the league’s worst defense and the Lakers sputtering badly of late, this one ends up over the number.
Prediction: Over 236
Half-Time Side Pick
The Hawks have been inconsistent as they followed that 4-3 road trip with three straight defeats. Atlanta bought Lin out, taking a veteran presence out of the rotation, and that means the young guys are going to have to step up and contribute. On the flip side, the Lakers have a potent 1-2 duo in James and Kuzma to lead the way. Kuzma had 23 first-quarter points against the 76ers en route to a big night in the loss. The Lakers have the upper hand in this contest and that gives them the edge at the half.
Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -2
Half-Time Total Bet
We saw an offensive bonanza for the Lakers on Sunday as they were up 40-39 after one quarter only to go on to trail 76-67 at the half in that contest. Los Angeles has to be better on the defensive end of the floor than what we’ve seen lately and they need to make changes in a hurry. Atlanta has been a sieve defensively and trailed 63-48 at the half against Orlando. With two poor defenses on the floor here, this could be a track meet and goes over the total at the half.
Prediction: Over 122