We’re about to find out what the Hawks (18-38, 8-16 home) are made of on Tuesday when they play host to the Lakers (28-28, 12-16 away) at State Farm Arena. Tip off time is 7:30 p.m. EST.
Atlanta has lost six of its previous ten games and has been plagued by poor production on the offensive end. The Hawks are averaging 110.9 points per game, but they’ve been woefully inefficient. They rank 25th in offensive rating, and are 19th in rebounds and 10th in assists.
They’ll have their hands full as they face Los Angeles. The Lakers have the NBA’s 21st best offensive rating and are averaging 112.2 points per game on 44.0% shooting from the floor and 34.0 from beyond the arc. They’re fourth in rebounds and 12th in assists and have been led this season by LeBron James, who is putting up 26.7 points per game. Defensively, they’re giving up 113.4 points per game on 223.0% shooting from the field and 36.0% shooting from deep.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they played on November 12th, 2018, Los Angeles won 107-106 behind 26 points from LeBron James.
The Hawks are hot off of a 124-108 loss to the Magic in Orlando in which they distributed 27 assists and pulled down 40 rebounds. The Lakers, meanwhile, are fresh off a 120-143 loss against the 76ers in Philadelphia in which they shot 10-27 from the three-point line. Kyle Kuzma paced the team with 39 points.
The Lakers are 5.0-point favorites, with an over/under total of 236. That’s a generous point spread, so you may want to think twice if you’re considering wagering on the Lakers. Bear in mind that Los Angeles is 24-30-2 against the spread this year and 23-33-0 over/under. Atlanta, meanwhile, is 24-32-0 ATS and 32-24-0 over/under.