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(28-28) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks (13-38)
Date: Tuesday, February 12
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -7
NBA Betting Total: 237
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The Hawks and Lakers have opposite goals this time of year. Neither currently occupies a spot in their respective top eights, but while the Lakers are doing everything they can to make the postseason (including a botched attempt to bring in an NBA megastar in Anthony Davis at the trade deadline), the Hawks are doing everything in their power to earn a No. 1 pick (including cutting bait with Jeremy Lin as of Monday afternoon).
These two face off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Feb. 12 with the home team Atlanta opening as seven-point underdogs.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers may be favored by seven points, but they have a lot of holes in their lineup that even a team as bad as the Atlanta Hawks could exploit.
Currently sitting in the 10th spot out West (one spot ahead of the No. 11 Dallas Mavericks and No. 9 Sacramento Kings), L.A. is coming off a bad road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The game ended 143-120, which is downright shocking because it was the Lakers—not the Sixers—who opened up with a strong 40-39 quarter.
For those doing quick math, you are correct: That means Philly outscored the Lakers by 24 in the final three quarters.
Against the Hawks, the Lakers will have another chance to come out strong considering Atlanta is just 28th this season in Defensive Efficiency. The Hawks give up an average of 111.2 points per 100 possessions, which, so far this year, has only been good enough to place them ahead of the No. 29 Phoenix Suns and dead last Cleveland Cavaliers.
The catch is that the Lakers, who are a middle-of-the-pack 14th in Defensive Efficiency, will be facing an Atlanta team that is just outside the top-10 in first quarter scoring.
L.A. is a much better scoring unit than Atlanta in the second and third periods, but it better hope that’s where it does the bulk of its damage, because once we reach the fourth period, the Lakers become one of the worst in the league at putting the ball through the net.
Knowing what we know about the quarter scoring breakdowns for the Lakers, the Hawks needs to pounce early. Because the truth is, Atlanta is a top-10 scoring team in fourth quarters, but context is important.
Atlanta is getting those points in garbage time and only after its opponent has already laid the smackdown and removed its starters to avoid injury. That’s what happens when you’re a 13-38 basketball franchise.
Against the Lakers, the Hawks can’t put themselves in that position. As backward as it sounds, Hawks fans don’t want to see giant fourth-quarter numbers when this game comes to and, as it may be indicative of the Lakers being able to coast during the final 12 minutes.
NBA Betting Trends:
- LAL are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Southeast.
- ATL are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 Tue. games.
- Over is 7-2 in ATL last 9 overall.
- ATL are 9-23 ATS in their last 32 home games.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Prediction:
LeBron James and the Lakers can’t afford to lose this game. They just can’t—not if they want to make the playoffs and (more immediately) avoid being laughed off NBA Twitter.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Lakers ATS
Although this particular Lakers team beating any opponent by seven points or more can come across as inconceivable at times, there’s really no reason it shouldn’t happen here on Tuesday night.
Give this one to L.A., and give it to the team by double digits.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers 123 – Atlanta Hawks 107
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