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Atlanta Hawks vs. L.A. Lakers - 2/12/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
L.A. Lakers at Atlanta Hawks
Date & Time Tuesday February 12, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
State Farm Arena
Atlanta, Georgia
The Line
The Line: Atlanta Hawks +6.5 -- Over/Under: 237
TV Channel
FSSE, SPEC
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The Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks meet Tuesday in NBA action at the State Farm Arena.

The Los Angeles Lakers could use a win here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 113.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.7 points and 7.4 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 19.1 points and 5.6 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.1 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost four of their last six road games.

The Atlanta Hawks could also use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 110.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 118.5 points on 47.7 percent shooting. John Collins is averaging 19.3 points and 9.8 rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 16.8 points and 7.4 assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremy Lin is dishing 3.5 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost their last five home games.

The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games. The Hawks are 9-23 ATS in their last 32 home games, 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 Tuesday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta. The over is 7-2 in Hawks last 9 overall. The over is 4-1 in Lakers last 5 overall.

The Atlanta Hawks are playing better basketball lately and have some value when getting big numbers, but they're still a team that's giving up 122.6 points in their last five games. The Los Angeles Lakers aren't playing much better, as the losses are piling up even with the return of LeBron, and they're being outscored by an average fo 15 points in their last five games. The difference here is that the Lakers are fighting for a playoff spot and need to take advantage of games like this if they're going to sneak into one of those last two seeds. The Atlanta Hawks have a lot of blowout losses on their resume and should be focused on getting a top-five pick. If the Lakers can't win this game comfortably, the problems in Los Angeles are even bigger than I thought. 

Pick:
L.A. Lakers -6.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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