The Los Angeles Lakers are back on home court as they get set to host the Atlanta Hawks tonight, Tuesday Feb 14th. The Lakers have taken two straight over the Hawks. NBA oddsmakers have the Lakers as -5.5 point home favorites over the Hawks with the over/under set at 177.5 points. Be sure to make your Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Lakers 2012 NBA Predictions before the game tips off.
Atlanta (18-10, 9-5 V) suffered a 87-107 home loss to Miami on Sunday night. The Hawks starters — four of whom were averaging in double figures — combined for just 40 points, led by Joe Johnson with 12. Willie Green actually led with 17 points, the reserves getting plenty of playing time with the game out of hand. Josh Smith had six points before the game was 3 minutes old. He had only one more basket the rest of the way. Atlanta lost for the fourth time in its last five home games, the average margin in those defeats nearly 15 points. Even more troubling, Atlanta has fallen behind by at least 20 points in all four losses.
The Hawks have the NBA’s best road defense, however, surrendering 89.3 points per game and 42.0 percent shooting. They’ve held opponents to five points fewer than that during four consecutive road wins while shooting 47.3 percent from 3-point range. Recent history is against those hallmarks following Atlanta into Staples Center. The Hawks have lost five straight road games to the Lakers by an average of 17.0 points, allowing 109.2 points per game while shooting 25.0 percent from long distance. Josh Smith has been held to 8.8 points on 37.2 percent shooting in the last four of that stretch.
Los Angeles (16-12, 11-2 H) got a 94-92 road won over Toronto on Sunday. After the Lakers blew an 18-point lead and were trailing by four in the final minute, Kobe Bryant, the league’s leading scorer had six of his 27 points, a steal and an assist to help secure the win. The Lakers prefer to play at home largely due to defense. The 85.2 points per game the Lakers allow at Staples are by far the fewest in the Western Conference and 10.6 less than they surrender on the road.
Offensively LAs’ role players tend to knock down shots at home. Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol’s numbers vary little, but Steve Blake and Matt Barnes are averaging a combined 18.0 points and shooting 47.2 percent at Staples compared to 10.5 points and 34.9 percent on the road. The Lakers have scored at least 96 points in nine of their 13 home games, a number they’ve reached just twice on the road.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles.
Favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Hawks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.
Hawks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games.
Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.
Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Lakers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Lakers
When: Tuesday, Feb 14th@10:30 PM EST
Pick: Lakers -5.5
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