Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 NBA game on Monday Night November 17, 2014 at 10:30 pm EST.
The (1-9) Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA Western Conference Pacific division make the trip from Southern California to the Peach State to take on the (5-4) Atlanta Hawks of the NBA Eastern Conference Southeast division in 2014 NBA interconference action. The game will be played at The Philips Arena, in progressive Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. This sports handicapper looks at the Los Angeles Lakers as the Philadelphia 76ers of the West, the Lakers need to free up some salary cap space to bring in talent and if it means parting way’s with Superstar Kobe Bryant then so be it. Atlanta hasn’t done anything special, and they also may want to make some moves by the trade deadline to get to the next level. The Opening NBA Betting Line has the Atlanta Hawks as a nine-point favorite Against The Spread, and the total is posted at 211 points for Tuesday Night’s basketball game.
The 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers have only won one game this season, 107-92 home win vs. Charlotte back on November 9th, they have lost four straight. The Lakers next three are on the road; a win in Atlanta may give a young team confidence as they face Dallas and Houston on the 19th and 21st. The over has come in the Lakers last four on the road and were 1-4 ATS their last 5 in the “ATL”. The Los Angeles Lakers are 4-5-1 Against The Spread and have dropped their last two to the number, going over the total in three of their last four Winning 2014 NBA Point Spread Picks this season. The Lakers have been snake bitten with season-ending injuries to Rookie first round draft picks Julius Randle, Guard/Forward Nick Young hasn’t played this season but it is expected back soon and future Hall of Famer Steve Nash’s career is probably over with nerve damage in his back. Forward Ryan Kelly is also on the shelf with a hamstring. The Lakers must push the ball and make open shots for a chance at a win.
The 2014-15 Atlanta Hawks are averaging over 100 points per game this season and have gone over the Century mark all four times they have played at Philips Arena. Atlanta was crushed 127-94 in Cleveland on the 15th of November, and a three-game rest maybe just what the doctor ordered. Atlanta is 2-2 Against The spread at home this season. The Atlanta Hawks are 4-5 Against The spread, going over the total six times and staying under three this season. It’s simple for Atlanta to get a win Tuesday Night, feed the basketball inside to Al Horford and Paul Milsap, the Lakers big men can’t handle Atlanta in the paint, but if the Hawks fall in love the three ball they will be in trouble. The Lakers are going to entice them into a fast pace game; the Hawks must play their style.
Free Pick: Lakers+9.