Los Angeles Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks: Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview
LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS. ATLANTA HAWKS GAME INFORMATION
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: State Farm Arena
TV Coverage: NBA League Pass
LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS. ATLANTA HAWKS MONEYLINE, SPREAD, TOTAL, AND ODDS
Moneyline: Lakers -215 | Hawks +180
Spread: Lakers -5.5
NBA Championship Odds: Lakers +260 | Hawks +12000
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LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS. ATLANTA HAWKS NEWS AND NOTES
Both of these teams have some important names on the injury report, but both figure to be close to full strength.
The Lakers continue to list LeBron James and Anthony Davis as questionable for virtually every game. Davis did miss a game recently due to a quad injury, but he returned to the lineup and played 35.8 minutes on Saturday. He didn’t appear to be limited in any capacity and ultimately finished with 27 points, 14 rebounds, and two assists.
LeBron has yet to miss a game this season despite saying he would place a great emphasis on “load management”. He did start the year by playing reduced minutes, but he’s back to basically his full workload at this point. He’s logged at least 35.8 minutes in six of his past seven games, and he’s played at least 37.4 minutes in five of them.
Overall, I would expect both of these players to be in the lineup and handle their usual workloads.
As for the Hawks, they have ruled out De’Andre Hunter for this contest. He left Friday’s game due to right knee discomfort, and an MRI revealed that he had articular wear and tear. The knee will not require surgery, but there’s no timeframe for his return. Bogdan Bogdanovic also remains out of the lineup, which leaves the team a bit thinner than usual on the wing.
Trae Young and Onyeka Okongwu are also on the injury report, but both are probable.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS. ATLANTA HAWKS PREVIEW AND PICK
As long as the Lakers are at full strength, this line feels too low.
The Lakers have gotten off to an excellent start this season. They’ve won 15 of their first 21 games, and they rank second in the league in Net Rating. Atlanta also fares well in that department – they rank ninth in the league – but the Lakers are a clear cut above them.
Hunter has also been an important part of the Hawks’ rotation this season. They’ve increased their Net Rating by +6.5 points per 100 possessions with Hunter on the court this season, which is the fifth-highest mark in the league. The vast majority of that production has come on the defensive side of the ball, with Hunter rating in the 84th percentile in terms of his impact on his team’s defensive efficiency (per Cleaning the Glass).
His absence could be significant in this matchup in particular. Hunter would have been the obvious choice to guard James, but that responsibility will fall to Cam Reddish. Reddish is not nearly the same defensively player, and he doesn’t appear to have the size or strength to slow down LeBron. Hunter ranks second among small forwards in terms of ESPN’s Defensive Real Plus/Minus, so that’s a huge downgrade.
The Pick: Lakers -5.5