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Hawks vs Clippers NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Atlanta Hawks at Los Angeles Clippers
  • Where: Los Angeles at Crypto.com Arena
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds LAC -3.5, ATL +137 | LAC -167 O/U 231.5

The Hawks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 18-21. So far, the team has gone 15-23-1 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.

The Hawks are coming off a disappointing 130-114 loss to the Lakers. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 2 points. Atlanta got off to a slow start, trailing by 21 points going into halftime. In the loss, Trae Young led the team in scoring with 32 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.

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The Clippers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 21-20. So far, the team has gone 20-20-1 against the spread. The Clippers head into today’s action in the midst of a 5 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -12.2.

Los Angeles is trying to bounce back from a 128-115 loss to the Timberwolves. Going into this game, the team was 5 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. In the loss, Los Angeles got off to a slow start, trailing by 14 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Norman Powell, as he contributed 21 points while hitting 64.3% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

Going back to last season, the Hawks and Clippers split their season series, with each team picking up a win at home. The average point total across the two games was 208.5 points. Last year, the Hawks saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Clippers, averaging 102.5 points per game. While the Hawks struggled on offense in the series, the Clippers maintained their usual level of scoring at 106.0 vs Atlanta. Spanning across the last 5 head-to-head matchups, the Hawks and Clippers have been competitive, with an average margin of victory sitting at just 0 points per game. This has resulted in a 3-2 ATS record for Los Angeles. Over the course of these games, they averaged 210 points per game, leading a 1-4 over-under record.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Hawks come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 115.3 points per game (11th). Coming into today’s game, the Hawks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.3 made 3’s per game. If the team is going to improve their scoring numbers, they will need to become more efficient with their shots as Atlanta is already one of the leaders in pace, averaging 101.9 possessions per game.

Currently, the Hawks defense is ranked 21st in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.38 points per game vs the unit.

On offense, Trae Young leads the Hawks in scoring at 27.4 points per game, placing him 10th in the NBA. Overall, Young has hit 41.9% of his shots while accounting for 22.5% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 2nd in points allowed to point-guards. At 20.5 points per game, Dejounte Murray is the 2nd leading scorer for the Hawks. For the season, he is 92nd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.7%.

The Clippers come into today’s game as the 29th ranked scoring offense at 109.2 points per game. The Clippers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.4 made 3’s per game. Despite shooting the ball well from outside, Los Angeles has not done a good job taking care of the ball. So far, they are averaging 14.5 turnovers per game.

Against the Hawks, the Clippers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 11th ranked unit at 108.39 points per game.

One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Paul George, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as George leads the team in scoring at 23.7 points per game while Morris Sr. is 2nd at 13.2. For the season, George is 19th in the NBA in usage rate and 58th in player efficiency. Behind him, Morris Sr. has taken 12.9% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 44.3%.

Hawks vs Clippers Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Hawks +3.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 231.5

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