At 10:30 ET, the 10th-ranked Lakers (-375) will host the 10th-ranked Hawks (+297) in a non-conference matchup. The Lakers (-8.5) are favored by 8.5 points over the Hawks, and the over/under line is set at 227.5.

This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and can be seen on SN-LA.

ATLANTA HAWKS VS LOS ANGELES LAKERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -8.5

This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena at 10:30 ET on Monday, March 18th.

WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 118-109 in favor of the Lakers.
  • Our projections have LeBron James finishing with LeBron James points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Lakers finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.5% and knocking down 13 threes.

Will the Hawks Defense Show Up on the Road?

Today, the Hawks are 8.5-point underdogs against the Lakers. This season, Atlanta has been the underdog in 29 of their 67 games.

In games where they are the underdog, the Hawks have gone 9-20 straight-up and 10-19 against the spread on the road. On average, they have been outscored by 4.9 points per game as the underdog on the road.

As for their O/U record, the Hawks are 34-33 this season. In their last game against the Clippers, the teams combined for just 203 points, which was well below the O/U line of 221.5.

Atlanta’s most recent win came against the Clippers, where they won by a score of 110-93. The Hawks covered the spread as 9.5-point underdogs.

In the Eastern Conference, the Hawks are currently in 10th place with a record of 30-37. Against the East, they are 17-26 compared to 13-11 in non-conference games.

This season, Atlanta has gone 23-44 against the spread and 12-22 ATS on the road. On average, they have an ATS scoring margin of -3.0 points per game on the road.

The average O/U line in Atlanta’s games this season is 237.5, which is higher than today’s line of 227.5. In 54 of their games, the O/U line has been higher than 227.5.

This season, the Hawks are one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, ranking 5th in scoring at 119.3 points per game. However, their scoring numbers are slightly better at home (122.5) compared to on the road (116.1).

In terms of pace, Atlanta is 6th in the league, averaging 100.4 possessions per game. They have also been one of the top teams in getting to the free-throw line, ranking 3rd in free throws made per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Hawks are 7th in both three-point makes and attempts. However, their three-point shooting percentage is slightly below the league average at 36%.

So far, the Hawks defense is giving up 120.8 points per contest, which has them sitting 28th in the NBA. One thing to note, is they have given up more points than their season average in two straight matchups. The Atlanta defense has allowed opponents to shoot 38.8% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 49.4% of their field goal attempts vs. Atlanta.

Will the Lakers Live Up to Expectations at Home?

Today, the Lakers will look to snap their two-game losing streak as 8.5-point favorites against the Hawks. In their last game, the Lakers lost to the Warriors by a score of 128-121. The O/U line for that game was 233.5 points.

Los Angeles is currently 10th in the Western Conference with a record of 36-32. In the Pacific Division, they are in 5th place. As the favorite, the Lakers have gone 23-13 this season, and they are 14-22 ATS as the favorite.

In the Western Conference, the Lakers have a 24-23 record compared to 12-9 against non-conference opponents. On average, their games have finished with a combined scoring total of 235 points.

This season, the Lakers have an O/U record of 38-30, and 47 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today’s line of 227.5. In their last two games, the Lakers have gone over the O/U line.

Overall, the Lakers are 30-38 ATS this season, including a 17-19 ATS record at home. In their last two games, they have failed to cover the spread, and their ATS record as the favorite is 16-16.

When it comes to scoring, the Lakers are 10th in the NBA, averaging 117.2 points per game. So far, they have outscored the league average in 52.9% of their games.

At home, the Lakers are averaging 118.3 points per game, which is 10th in the league. Overall, they are 4th in pace at 100.8 possessions per game.

Despite being 3rd in field goal percentage at 49%, the Lakers are just 26th in three-pointers made per game. In fact, they are last in the NBA in three-point attempts.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, the Lakers is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 117.8 points per game (23rd). On two point field goal attempts, the Lakers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 54.3% and allowing 37.8% from beyond the arc.