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Lakers host Hawks in basketball action

Atlanta HawksLos Angeles Lakers
March 3, 9:30 PM | STAPLES Center

Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

33-24TEAM RECORD29-30

STAPLES Center features an NBA battle between the host Los Angeles Lakers and the visiting Atlanta Hawks in betting action on Sunday.

Supporters of the Hawks have seen them go 33-24 and 26-29-2 ATS so far this season, while the Lakers are at 29-30 and 24-35 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Lakers are 31-27-1, while the Hawks are 29-27-1.

View Atlanta vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened this morning as 6-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 208 at BetOnline and other shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 11-rated Lakers and the No. 19-ranked Hawks, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 101-100 result in favor of the Lakers.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 6-ranked offense (102.4 PPG) against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 11 at 96.6 PPG. The Lakers have averaged 46.1% from the field per game, less than the Hawks have managed so far this season (46.2% on average).

Defensively, the Hawks feature the league's No. 7-rated defense on the road, giving up 95.3 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Atlanta was a 92-87 loser on the road against the Suns. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (179) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Atlanta got 20 points from Al Horford but lost anyway 92-87 against the Suns on Friday at US Airways Center.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 116-94 winner as they battled the Timberwolves at home. The Lakers covered in the match as a 10-point favorite, while 210 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Minnesota was run off the court by the Lakers on Thursday as Los Angeles blasted the Timberwolves 116-94 at STAPLES Center.

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Denver are 6-4
After playing Phoenix are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Oklahoma City are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

A few Hawks at Lakers trends to consider:
Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 9 games on the road
Atlanta is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
LA Lakers are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games at home

Next up:
Atlanta at Denver, Monday, March 4
LA Lakers at Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 5