Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Lakers: Hawks and Lakers face off in another match of
the NBA’s regular season, at the Phillips Arena, in Atlanta.
The home team has the 2nd worst record in the league and they are in absolute tank mode, in order to have more chances of getting the 1st pick on the next draft.
The team only has 18 wins in 60 games, which means they have a 30% win-rate. At the Phillips Arena, their win-rate is a little bit better, with 13 victories in 30 games, which is a 43% win-rate.
Their numbers at home aren’t bad when analyzed superficially, but at the beginning, the team still had hopes of making a good campaign, so it was interesting for them to win the games.
However, that’s no longer the case anymore, because every win hurts their tanking project.
The team’s attack scores on average 103.5 points per game and their defence allows 108 points per game, which means that, no matter how much their attack does, their defence isn’t that helpful.
Their last 5 games at home were:
Hawks 105 x 100 Timberwolves
Hawks 110 x 123 Hornets
Hawks 108 x 82 Grizzlies
Hawks 107 x 123 Cavaliers
Hawks 118 x 115 Pistons
The team comes into this match without any absences and their starting 5 should be: Prince, Collins, Dedmon, Schroder and Bazemore.
The Lakers still have a slight hope of reaching the play-offs, being 8 wins away from the 8th place that is currently occupied by the Pelicans.
The team was on a good streak of 8 wins in 10 games, however, after the trades of Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. by Isaiah Thomas and Frye, things started to crumble, with the team suffering 3 consecutive losses, which made their lives a lot harder.
However, 2 consecutive victories over the Mavericks and the Kings after the All-Star week have once again excited their fans.
Overall, the Lakers have a 25-34 record, which means they have a win-rate of 42.4%.
Only considering their games on the road, they have 10 wins and 20 losses, which means they have won 33.3% of their games as visitors.
Their last 5 games on the road were:
Thunder 104 x 108 Lakers
Mavericks 130 x 123 Lakers
Pelicans 139 x 117 Lakers
Timberwolves 119 x 111 Lakers
Kings 108 x 113 Lakers.
As we can see, the team works well offensively. However, defensively, they are very underwhelming.
The return of the point guard Lonzo Ball can contribute to the decrease of those numbers, since he helps the team a lot on defence.
The likely starting 5 for the Lakers are: Ingram, Randle, Lopez, KCP and Ball.
On the first meeting between these two teams, the Lakers have won 132-113 at the Staples Center.
Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Lakers – Betting Tip and Prediction:
This is a vital game for both teams. A loss leaves the Hawks tied with the Suns with the worst record in the NBA and the victory still allows the Lakers to dream about a spot in the play-offs.
The Lakers should take advantage of the return of Lonzo Ball and they shouldn’t mess around here, getting the win against a team that is not slightly interested.
We’ll just go with the Lakers to win because the team is still not reliable enough for me to take the handicap.
|Los Angeles Lakers||