Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Lakers (By: Miyagi)
The Hawks are forcing a crazy tempo in their games and they rank top in the league in possessions per game with 107.5, though this number has dropped to 100.4 during their last 3 games. At the same time, they rank dead last in turnovers per game (18.4) and it's not even close the second worst Phoenix (15.9), and this game is going to be tricky against the Lakers who are forcing their opponents in many turnovers
The Lakers have 2 different way of approaching a game, at least that I can identify, and it depends on their opponent. Against stronger teams and especially ones with solid defenses, they try to force a high tempo, keep their energy levels very high with constant pressure on the ball and look to hit on fast breaks and get points in transition rather than get stuck in set plays, which results in higher scores. Against weaker teams and especially those with weak defenses, they try to control the tempo, take their time when in possession and not force things. The best way to control the tempo is to win the battle of the rebounds and that should not be tough for the second best rebounding team of the league against the Hawks today. Adding the fact that this is their 3rd game in 6 days (with Lebron playing over 30 minutes in the previous two) and the Lakers coming from two very demanding games against the Celtics and the Sixers, it's quite likely that they will want to avoid a crazy tempo game against the young and dangerous Hawks today.
This won't be easy but its a must-win game for the Lakers if they really want to make it to the playoffs though the under also seems like a solid play at those very high lines which should have been 8 points below, around 230. Maybe combine both their win and the under.
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Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Lakers predictions
|Uner 238.5||Pinnacle||1.90||10||117-113 WON (+9 units)|
Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Lakers betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Miyagi).