Hawks vs Lakers Preview
Los Angeles Lakers vs Atlanta Hawks Odds
Atlanta will look to improve on its 34-29 record on Wednesday when they host Los Angeles in NBA odds action at Philips Arena.
The Hawks bring a 34-29 record (28-33-2 ATS) to the battle against the 34-31 Lakers, who are 27-38 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Atlanta go 31-31-1 so far and the Lakers go 34-30-1. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Hawks as 2.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 206, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Hawks, currently No. 19 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Lakers, who rate No. 11 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 101-100 victory for the Lakers.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Atlanta's No. 25-rated squad against Los Angeles's No. 4-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Atlanta rates No. 3 in the league with 8.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 4 with 8.8 per outing.
Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 29-rated defense on the road, giving up 104.8 points per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 106-97 winner as they battled the Magic on the road. The Lakers covered in the match as an 8.5-point favorite, while 203 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Magic were burned for 39 points by Dwight Howard on Tuesday as the Lakers picked up a 106-97 win at Amway Center.
Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 98-81 loser as they battled the Heat on the road. The Hawks failed to cover in the match as a 9.5-point underdog, while 179 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Atlanta got 15 points from Josh Smith but lost anyway 98-81 against the Heat on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Indiana are 8-2
After playing Orlando are 5-5
After a win are 6-4
Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Phoenix are 5-5
After playing Miami are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
A few Lakers at Hawks trends to consider:
LA Lakers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 8 of the LA Lakers last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games at home
Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Atlanta is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing LA Lakers
LA Lakers at Indiana, Friday, March 15
Atlanta home to Phoenix, Friday, March 15