Offenses Make for Under-whelming Matchup with Hawks, Lakers

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Jordan Sharp

Sunday, January 7, 2018 4:27 PM GMT

Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 4:27 PM GMT

The Hawks and Lakers have two of the poorest offenses in the league, and tonight might not be pretty for either squad. Still, the total looks like a fine value for our NBA picks.

NBA Sunday: Hawks vs. Lakers

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Free NBA Pick: Under 217½Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

The Hawks are trying to figure out how to move forward after this season, and Coach Mike Budenholzer seems to be experimenting with ways to play with the players he has.

To start the season the Hawks were playing fast and loose, and their defense was suffering. Lately, even though they still don’t have a defense, they have been playing a lot slower pace. Since December 14 -- a span of 11 games -- the Hawks have played at a pace of 97.6 possessions per game, according to NBA Stats. They have cashed the under at 8-3, and we could see a lot of bricks tonight.

L.A. ranks 27th in field-goal percentage at 50.0 percent, and the Hawks aren’t much better at 51.8 -- factors when checking out the NBA odds boards..

This is the teams' first meeting of the season. The last time they played last season the final score was 109-94. I could see a similarly slower and lower-scoring game if the Hawks get their way, which is why I have the under in my NBA picks.

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