Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 3/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+4.5)
STAPLES Center is the site where and the Los Angeles Lakers (28-13) will play the Atlanta Hawks (21-20) on Saturday. Atlanta opens this game as 4.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 224.
The Atlanta Hawks took the court against the Oklahoma City Thunder and walked away with a win by a score of 116-93 in their last contest. Atlanta walked away from the contest having earned a 54.0% field goal percentage (47 out of 87) and converted 11 out of their 33 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Hawks knocked down 11 of 13 tries for a rate of 84.6%. With regard to pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 50 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 26 assists for this game while creating 9 turnovers and having 6 steals. In terms of defense, Atlanta allowed 36.2% from the field on 34 of 94 shooting. Oklahoma City dished out 18 dimes and had 5 steals in this game. On top of that, Oklahoma City snagged 39 boards (12 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. Oklahoma City walked away from this one shooting 75.0% at the charity stripe by converting 12 of 16 shots. They converted 13 of 34 shots from distance.
Trae Young is someone who was important in this contest. He ended up finishing with 23 points on 9 out of 15 shooting. He played for 25:11 mins and pulled down 6 boards. Young went 60.0% from the floor and also distributed 9 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Hawks was John Collins. He snagged 3 rebounds in 29:39 minutes on the basketball court. He finished the game shooting 72.7% from the field in this matchup by hitting 8-of-11 (19 points). When the final whistle was blown, Collins accounted for 2 assists.
Atlanta enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 21-20 for the year. They are losing possession via turnover 14.3 times per game and as a team they commit 19.9 fouls every game. As a team, Atlanta is snagging 45.9 boards per contest and is sitting with 997 assists so far this season, which is 16th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Hawks are hitting 36.5% on 3-pointers (521 of 1,429) and 82.1% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 113.0 points per game (14th in the NBA) while connecting on 45.8% from the field. When they are on defense, the Hawks are forcing 12.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 20.8 fouls. They are giving up 34.6% on shots from downtown and they rank 11th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (110.9). The Hawks are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.6% (510 of 852) and they surrender 42.4 boards per contest as a unit. They rank 14th in the NBA in giving up assists with 977 conceded on the year.
The last time they took the court, the Los Angeles Lakers went home victorious with a score of 116-105 when they played the Charlotte Hornets. The Lakers pulled down 37 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 48 for the contest. They also turned it over 12 times, while recording 7 steals in this matchup. The Hornets were called for 19 personal fouls for this contest which took the Lakers to the charity stripe for 20 shots. They were able to convert 15 of them for a clip of 75.0%. When discussing 3-point shots, Los Angeles made 13 out of their 39 attempts (33.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Lakers went 44 for 91 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.4%. The Lakers permitted the Hornets to convert 41 of 83 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 49.4% in this contest. They finished 37.9% from three-point range by going 11 of 29 and ended up shooting 12 of 20 from the free throw line (60.0%). With respect to how they rebounded, Los Angeles permitted Charlotte to get 43 overall (8 on the offensive glass).
LeBron James ended up being a major contributor for the Lakers for this game. He made 14 of 22 in this contest for a field goal rate of 63.6%, and had 8 rebounds. James racked up 37 points in his 36:30 mins of playing time and tallied 6 dimes in this matchup. An additional guy who came through for Los Angeles was Dennis Schröder. He accumulated 7 dimes in 33:25 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 9 out of 19 from the floor. Schröder ended the game having shot 47.4% from the floor and also contributing 22 points and 4 total rebounds.
Los Angeles has a mark of 28-13 so far this season. Los Angeles has earned 4,607 pts this year (112.4 per contest) and they pull down 45.4 boards per contest. The Lakers have committed 19.0 personal fouls every game while shooting 74.9% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Lakers are connecting on 48.6% from the field, which has them ranked 4th in the league. They are earning an assist 24.9 times per game (15th in basketball) and they are turning it over 15.1 times per game. The Lakers defensively are ranked 2nd in the league in points per game surrendered with 106.3. They have conceded 25.0 assists and 41.2 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 18th and 2nd in the NBA. The Los Angeles defense allows 35.3% on shots from beyond the arc (475 of 1,345) and opponents are connecting on 75.8% of their free throw shots. They have forced 14.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 45.5% from the floor (7th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Atlanta (+4.5)
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