Atlanta Hawks vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 11/18/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (1-9) at Atlanta Hawks (5-4)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -9.5 -- Over/Under: 211.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBA TV
The Atlanta Hawks will be hosting the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at Philips Arena.
The Atlanta Hawks are currently sitting just one game above the .500 mark, with a record of 5-4. The Hawks are strong offensively this season, putting up an average of 101.9 points per game, but their defense has been an issue thus far. Atlanta has played well as of late however, winning four out of their last five, with their only loss coming last time out to the Cavs on Saturday, falling to Cleveland 127-94.
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The Los Angeles Lakers...are not good at basketball. At least not this season anyway. The Lakers are just 1-9 on the year, and last time out, the Lakers got destroyed by the Golden State Warriors, 136-115. Watching the Lakers the past few seasons reminds me of the 49ers in the NFL after Steve Young. Teams got beat up by them for so long, and now that they are down, nobody is pulling any punches and relishing the fact that they can beat up on the Lakers. One positive for the Lakers is that their offense has been respectable this year, but the defense is giving up more than 112 points per game on average, and no matter what you are scoring, you aren’t going to win many games that way.
“Public” play or not, I have to take the Hawks in this spot. The Lakers have to travel from the West with just one day of rest, while the Hawks had a couple days to lick their wounds and recover from that loss in Cleveland. Atlanta will be focused here, and while the Lakers would love to start their three game road stretch with a win, I just don’t see that being the case as the Hawks should win easily on Tuesday night.