Los Angeles Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks
The Los Angeles Lakers are 4-point home favorites over the Atlanta Hawks this evening.Â The over/under total is set at 186. The two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers have silenced all their critics as they go for their eighth straight win.
The Los Angeles Lakers are 45-19 overall and 32-32 against the spread.Â The Lakers saved its best for Sunday at the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs were 29-2 overall at home heading in, but were overmatched in a 99-83 defeat as three-point favorites. That game was over at halftime with a 28-point margin. Kobe Bryant led the way with 26 points, but it was the defense that stepped up and held the Spurs to 36 percent shooting. The 182 combined points scored went der the 191-point total. The der is 4-0 in Los Angeles last four games, allowing just 83.3 points per game.Â The defense is allowing 87 points per game during the last seven and one went into overtime.Â The Lakers are 23-11 on the road this year and have a record against the spread of 20-14.Â They have won and covered in each of their last four road games including tough venues of Portland and Oklahoma City, in addition to San Antonio.
The Atlanta Hawks are 37-26 overall and 28-35 against the spread and are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Kirk Hinrich is starting at point guard after recently being acquired from Washington.Â Since acquiring Hinrich the Hawks are 3-3 overall and 3-3 against the spread, but have lost their last two. The last game was Sunday at home against the Knicks. New York got the 92-79 win as 3-point underdogs despite missing point guard Chauncey Billups. The 171 combined points scored went way der the 202-point total. The der is 9-2 in Atlantas last 11 games, the Hawks scored just 100 points once in that span.
The Hawks have beaten the Lakers the last three times at home and have covered the spread in all three.Â Tonight, will be a different story though.Â The Lakers are playing the best basketball of the season and should destroy the Hawks who have struggled in the past several weeks.Â I am laying the 4-points and taking the Lakers.
LA Lakers -4 Atlanta Hawks