The Atlanta Hawks (6-20) will attempt to put an end to the six-game winning streak of Los Angeles when they welcome the Lakers (23-3) to State Farm Arena. Los Angeles opened as a 12-point favorite, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 226.5 points. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 15, 2019.
Los Angeles Lakers at Atlanta Hawks Odds Preview
In the Lakers’ last outing, they won a close one over the Miami Heat, 113-110, but were not able to cover as 5.5-point favorites. Anthony Davis was the game’s leading scorer with 33 points on 11-for-20 shooting. The Lakers had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 32.6 (above their season average of 23.3) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.563 (above their season average of 0.550). The two teams combined to score 223 points, which was over the O/U total of 211.5.
The Hawks were unable to cover as 6-point underdogs in their 110-100 loss to the Indiana Pacers in their last contest. Trae Young was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 9-for-30 shooting. Indiana held the Hawks to an effective field goal percentage of 0.447 (below their season average of 0.516). Atlanta, on the other hand, held the Pacers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 13.6 (below their season average of 21.8). The two teams combined to account for 210 points, which came in well under the O/U total of 225.
Atlanta might have difficulty finding the bottom of the net as they battle against one of the NBA’s best defenses. Los Angeles ranks third in defensive efficiency while the Hawks rank 27th in offensive efficiency.
Of Los Angeles’ 26 games, 14 have finished under the O/U total, while 15 of Atlanta’s 26 games have finished over the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Lakers have a substantial advantage. They are 23-3 SU and 16-10 ATS, while the Hawks are 6-20 SU and 11-15 ATS.
These two clubs have already met once this season. The two teams combined for 223 points in that game, which was just over the projected point total of 220.5. The Lakers won 122-101, covering as 15-point favorites. The Lakers played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.612 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.3. The Hawks were 0.477 and 22.0, respectively, for those same stats. LeBron James put up a double-double in the victory with 33 points and 12 assists.
Los Angeles Lakers at Atlanta Hawks Betting Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Lakers, ATS Winner – Lakers, O/U – Over
The Lakers average 15.3 second chance points per game, which ranks second in the NBA. The Hawks rank 27th in second chance points allowed per game (14.7).
Los Angeles averages 26.4 assists per game, which ranks fifth in the league. Atlanta ranks 22nd in assists allowed per game (25.1).
Los Angeles ranks seventh in points off turnovers (18.4 per game) while Atlanta ranks 29th in points off turnovers allowed (20.3 per game).
Los Angeles is 8-6 ATS on the road with 7 overs and 7 unders.
Atlanta is 6-6 ATS at home with 7 unders and 5 overs.
Atlanta is 2-0 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Los Angeles is 9-0.
The Hawks are 6-17 when they score more than 100 points, while the Lakers are 19-3.
The Lakers rank third in fast break points per game (17.8) while the Hawks rank 22nd (11.9).
Los Angeles ranks first in blocks allowed per game (3.5) while Atlanta ranks 29th (6.9).
The Lakers average 8.7 steals per game, which ranks third in the league. The Hawks rank 28th in steals allowed per game (9.0).
The Lakers rank 12th in rebounds per game (45.5) while the Hawks rank 27th (42.1).
Los Angeles averages 53.2 points in the paint per game, which ranks second in the NBA. Atlanta ranks 27th in points allowed in the paint per game (51.8).
Atlanta is 1-4 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in its last five games.
Across its past five games, Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
The Hawks’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 11.0, up from 9.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Lakers have scored an average of 121.6 points per game (7.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 106.2 points per game (2.0 above their season average).