Atlanta Hawks versus LA Lakers Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 3-13-2013

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Both teams will be on a back to back when the 34-31 LA Lakers travels to face the 34-29 Atlanta Hawks in an NBA pro basketball game on Wednesday night. Tip off time from Atlanta is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.

The NBA odds from this pro basketball game have the home team Atlanta Hawks favored by -1 point with an over under line of 205 points. Early money has landed on Atlanta as the Hawk opened a -1 point favorite.

The teams met back on March 3rd with the Lakers posting the 99-98 home win against the Hawks as a -5 ½ point betting favorite. The game landed under 206 ½ points.

The Lakers are 12-20 on the road this season. They win their fourth straight and eighth in ten tries after a 106-97 road win at the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night as a -8 ½ point betting favorite. The game finished under 208 ½ points. LA shot 46.6% from the floor and made 9 of 25 three pointers. They hold the Magic to just 39.8% from the field. Dwight Howard showed his old form on Tuesday with 39 points and 16 rebounds on 7 of 13 shooting. It was a couple of good defensive performances in back to back games for LA as they hold their past two opponents under 100 points. They still rank 26th in the league in scoring defense by giving up 101.3 points a game but there is definitely improvement.

The Hawks are 19-11 straight up on their home court. They lose their third straight and for the sixth time in seven games after a 98-81 road defeat on Tuesday to the Miami Heat as a +9 ½ point underdog. The game finished under 197 ½ points. Atlanta was held to just 42.3% from the floor and made 5 of 22 from the three point line. They allowed the Heat just 42.7% shooting and lose because the Hawks turned it over 24 times plus sent Miami to the free throw line 16 more times. Josh Smith led Atlanta with 15 points and six rebounds on 7 of 16 from the field. During this skid the Hawks have struggled on the offensive end of the court. They have been held to under 90 points in four of their past six games. Atlanta shoots poorly from the free throw line ranking 27th and fourth last in the NBA with 70.5% from the charity stripe.

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