Los Angeles Lakers vs Atlanta Hawks Preview and Predictions -12-15-2019
Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
When: Sunday, December 15, 6:00 PM. ET.
The Atlanta Hawks will be trying to snap their three-game losing streak when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
Lakers Going For Seventh Consecutive Win
The Lakers are off to the best start in franchise history and are tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the best record in the league. They have won their last six games since their 10-game winning streak was snapped and will try to pick up their seventh win in a row when they face the Hawks on Sunday.
Los Angeles is one of the best offensive teams in the league, averaging 113.7 points per game, which is eighth. The team is shooting 48 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range. They finished with 113 points against Miami in their last game and will need to keep playing well if they want to get the win.
Anthony Davis led the way for the Lakers with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. LeBron James added 28 points, nine rebounds, and 12 assists, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 15 points and four assists.
The Lakers are also one of the best defensive teams in the league, holding opponents to 104.2 points per game. They have held their last five road opponents to 100.6 points per game and will need to continue their strong defensive play to put this game away quickly.
Hawks Looking For Third Win In Seven Games
The Hawks haven’t played well this season and have only six wins so far. They will be trying to snap their three-game losing streak and pick up their third win in their last seven games when they face the Lakers on Sunday.
Atlanta is averaging 108.5 points per game, which is 20th in the league. The team is shooting 45 percent from the field and 31 percent from three-point range. The team was held to 100 points by the Indiana Pacers on Friday and will need to play better if they want to beat the Lakers.
Trae Young led the way for the Hawks with 23 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists. De’Andre Hunter finished with 21 points and four rebounds, while Jabari Parker added 20 points and four rebounds for the Hawks.
Atlanta has also struggled defensively, holding opponents to 118.4 points per game. They have played even worse in their last five games, giving up 123.6 points per game in their last five games and will need to play significantly better if they want to beat the Lakers on Sunday.
The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The team plays its home games at State Farm Arena.
The team’s origins can be traced to the establishment of the Buffalo Bisons in 1946 in Buffalo, New York, a member of the National Basketball League (NBL) owned by Ben Kerner and Leo Ferris. After 38 days in Buffalo, the team moved to Moline, Illinois, where they were renamed the Tri-Cities Blackhawks. In 1949, they joined the NBA as part of the merger between the NBL and the Basketball Association of America (BAA), and briefly had Red Auerbach as coach. In 1951, Kerner moved the team to Milwaukee, where they changed their name to the Hawks. Kerner and the team moved again in 1955 to St. Louis, where they won their only NBA Championship in 1958 and qualified to play in the NBA Finals in 1957, 1960 and 1961. The Hawks played the Boston Celtics in all four of their trips to the NBA Finals. The St. Louis Hawks moved to Atlanta in 1968, when Kerner sold the franchise to Thomas Cousins and former Georgia Governor Carl Sanders.
The Hawks currently own the second-longest drought (behind the Sacramento Kings) of not winning an NBA championship at 60 seasons. The franchise’s lone NBA championship, as well as all four NBA Finals appearances, occurred when the team was based in St. Louis. Meanwhile, they went 48 years without advancing past the second round of the playoffs in any format, until finally breaking through in 2015. However, the Hawks are one of only four NBA teams that have qualified to play in the NBA playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons in the 21st century. They achieved this feat between 2008 and 2017. The other teams that have made it to at least 10 consecutive playoff appearances in the 21st century are the San Antonio Spurs (1998–present), Denver Nuggets (2004–2013), and Dallas Mavericks (2001–2012).