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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks - 1/7/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks (10-28) at Los Angeles Lakers (11-27)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 216.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TWC SN

The Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers meet Sunday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The Atlanta Hawks could use a feel good win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 103.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 107.9 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Dennis Schroder is averaging 19.6 points and 6.7 assists while Taurean Prince is averaging 13 points and 5.6 rebounds. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Marco Belinelli is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.1 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost eight straight road games.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks - 1/7/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Lakers also need a victory, as they haven’t won a game since December 20. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 106.4 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 16 points and 3.3 assists. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing five rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t won a home game since November 21.

The Hawks are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Hawks are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles, the home team is 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Los Angeles Lakers haven't won a home game since late November, so laying chalk with them doesn't seem like a good play. The Hawks have also been covering a good deal of games despite their losses. However, the Lakers have done a better job of playing well against better comp, which is a sign there's potential with this group and that wins could be coming soon. The Lakers have also been a favorite just five times this season, which tells you just what oddmakers think of the Atlanta Hawks. The Lakers also got back Lonzo Ball recently, which obviously helps. There's much better options on the card for Sunday, but if forced to pick, I'd take the Lakers and the small line.

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