Atlanta Hawks vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 11/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (1-2) at Atlanta Hawks (3-0)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks look to stay undefeated tonight when they play host to the Los Angeles Lakers at the Philips Arena.
The Lakers will be eager to avoid a fourth straight loss after falling to the Pacers by 115-108 last night. Lou Williams led the Lakers in scoring with 19 points off the bench while Jordan Clarkson chipped in with 15 points as the Lakers rallied back from as many as 16 points to lead by 108-107 late in the fourth quarter before the Pacers' Paul George scored the last 12 points for his team to steal the victory. Turnovers have been a major problem for the Lakers so far this season and last night was no different as they committed 19, so the Lakers will need to address that issue sooner rather than later if they're going to have consistent success this season as they're currently ranked 30th in the league with an average of 16.3 turnovers per game.
Meanwhile, the Hawks are coming off their first 3-0 start in five seasons following their 106-95 win over the Kings on Monday night. Dwight Howard had his best game for his new team, leading the way with 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, Dennis Schroder and Kyle Korver chipped in with 17 points apiece while Paul Millsap added 13 points with 14 rebounds, eight assists and three steals as the Hawks broke away from a close contest with a dominant 27-14 fourth quarter. As a team, the Hawks shot just 41.8 percent from the field compared to the Kings' 48 percent shooting, but they were able to hustle their way to extra possessions thanks to a 17-6 edge in offensive rebounds.
In ATS trends, the Lakers are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest, while the Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and the Lakers are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in Atlanta.
This seems like too many points to be laying against the unpredictable Lakers, but the Hawks have hit the ground running this season and look set to improve to 4-0, so I'm going to follow the ATS trends and take the Hawks to pull away late and win this one easily at home against the Lakers who played just last night.