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Atlanta Hawks vs LA Lakers Prediction

Atlanta Hawks

February 02

00:30

99 : 107

LA Lakers

Atlanta Hawks

LA Lakers

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 58 of Boston's 95 points (61%), but couldn't stop the Lakers' rallying comeback down the stretch - packed with big defensive plays - as Frank Vogel's men snatched a 96-95 road win at the TD Garden over the weekend.

Anthony Davis had 27 points and 14 rebounds on his return from a right quad injury keeping him out of their defeat by Detroit, LeBron James recorded 21/7/7, and there were big contributions from Montrezl Harrell (16 pts, five rebs, three blocks) and Kyle Kuzma (11 pts, 6 rebs) too.

This is the finale of their seven-game road trip through the Eastern Conference, so how will they fare against a deceptively tricky Hawks team (10-9) in the early hours on Tuesday? Read my basketball preview, for the best betting odds ahead of this compelling H2H matchup.

Atlanta Hawks vs LA Lakers Preview

Davis has been poor by his high standards to start the regular season, but the 27-year-old's presence proved key as they recovered to beat Boston away from home last time out.

Post-game, he and head coach Frank Vogel had plenty to say:

"For me, personally, it's getting back in attack mode. Being aggressive, crashing the offensive glass, being in the paint - all those types of things. Everything that I did tonight."

AD had six offensive rebounds - a game-high - and while his stat lines have been wildly inconsistent early on this term, Vogel praised how their energy was different with their key big man on the floor.

"He's built up - getting into that mode right now, starting to pick it up. The injury set him back a little bit, but we want him to be assertive. When he's assertive on both sides of the ball, we're challenging to beat."

Marcus Smart (calf strain) left early in the fourth quarter, and an MRI confirmed the 26-year-old would be sidelined for 2-3 weeks after an accidental collision with Harrell.

Boston was up 78-71 heading into the final 12 minutes but only scored 17 points in the fourth - eight in the last 2:30 as they narrowly missed out on a buzzer-beating finish as the Philadelphia 76ers had against LA last week.

Kostas Antetokounmpo (knee tendinitis) and Jared Dudley (calf) are both listed as out on the latest injury report, but the Lakers' bench players have been productive and should look to outscore Atlanta with their second unit too on this occasion.

Atlanta were 116-100 winners against the Wizards on Saturday, helped by a 34-point bench showing with Danilo Gallinari and Rajon Rondo particularly playing key roles despite their limited minutes.

Rondo was quietly brilliant on returning from an injury in the Orlando bubble, helping the Lakers to last year's NBA title before opting for a two-year, $15m contract to join Atlanta in late November.

He'll be presented with his championship ring at the State Farm Arena and hopes to cap a memorable evening on a personal level by beating his former teammates here. Will they?

Atlanta Hawks vs LA Lakers Betting Tips

ESPN's Basketball Power Index is unsurprisingly backing the Lakers to win this encounter (68.8%), a percentage likely increased after De'Andre Hunter's knee injury last week.

LA's injury report has frequently featured both LeBron and AD on it throughout the regular season to date - both listed as day-to-day - probably as a forewarning to bettors that one or both might sit out with rest or wear and tear. However, it's likely neither will do so on this occasion, especially after their gritty win away in Boston over the weekend.

They average one less point scored and six points less conceded (104.3 allowed) compared with Atlanta, who has impressed this term and possess depth levels many couldn't have predicted twelve months ago. Trae Young has proven a bonafide matchwinner but bets against LeBron at your peril even with that in mind. I predict another road victory for the Lakers here.

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Who will win?

Atlanta Hawks (1)

25%

LA Lakers (3)

75%

Atlanta Hawks vs LA Lakers odds

Atlanta Hawks

2.79 3.40 3.60

LA Lakers

1.48 1.33 1.40
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Atlanta Hawks vs LA Lakers Head to Head (H2H)
02-02-2021

Atlanta Hawks

99
107

LA Lakers

Atlanta Hawks
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LA Lakers
Predicted Lineup

Kevin Huerter

John Collins

Trae Young

Clint Capela

Danilo Gallinari

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Anthony Davis

Dennis Schroeder

Marc Gasol

LeBron James

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127-112 vs Boston Celtics (H)

W

111-112 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

L

123-115 vs Denver Nuggets (H)

W

109-121 vs Boston Celtics (A)

L

122-114 vs Boston Celtics (A)

W

112-123 vs New York Knicks (A)

L

113-125 vs Indiana Pacers (H)

L

114-125 vs San Antonio Spurs (H)

L

117-118 vs Dallas Mavericks (A)

L

132-121 vs Toronto Raptors (H)

W
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0-0 vs Utah Jazz (A)

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124-127 vs Washington Wizards (H)

L

94-96 vs Miami Heat (H)

L

98-109 vs Brooklyn Nets (H)

W

112-104 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (A)

L

105-122 vs Denver Nuggets (A)

W

115-105 vs Memphis Grizzlies (H)

W

114-113 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (H)

W

119-112 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (H)

W

135-129 vs Detroit Pistons (H)

127-112 vs Boston Celtics (H)

W

123-115 vs Denver Nuggets (H)

W

113-125 vs Indiana Pacers (H)

L

114-125 vs San Antonio Spurs (H)

L

132-121 vs Toronto Raptors (H)

W
L

124-127 vs Washington Wizards (H)

L

94-96 vs Miami Heat (H)

L

98-109 vs Brooklyn Nets (H)

W

115-105 vs Memphis Grizzlies (H)

W

114-113 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (H)

W

119-112 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (H)

W

135-129 vs Detroit Pistons (H)

111-112 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

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109-121 vs Boston Celtics (A)

L

122-114 vs Boston Celtics (A)

W

112-123 vs New York Knicks (A)

L

117-118 vs Dallas Mavericks (A)

L
D

0-0 vs Utah Jazz (A)

W

112-104 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (A)

L

105-122 vs Denver Nuggets (A)

Mosope Ominiyi
01.02.2021

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