The NBA is set up with a great night of action throughout Monday. Eight games are up on the board throughout March 22. One of these games will be between the Atlanta Hawks and the Los Angeles Clippers. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
The Hawks have earned a record of 22-20 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. Atlanta is only two games ahead of sixth place in the standings and will look to widen that lead. The Hawks have won eight games in a row and will look to keep that going in this one. I expect Atlanta to pick up where they left off in this one as they try to earn another big win.
Los Angeles has put up a record of 27-16 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Western Conference. The Clippers are two and a half games back from the second seed, but are one game from falling to the sixth spot. Los Angeles is coming off a win in their last game and will look to repeat that success in this one.
These two teams have been strong throughout this season, but it is Atlanta who is streaking into this one. The Hawks have been dominant throughout their recent stretch of games, while the Clippers have been up and down. Los Angeles will look to finally end Atlanta’s winning streak in this one though. I expect these two teams to try and set the pace early in this matchup.
The Hawks and the Clippers met up twice throughout last season. Los Angeles hosted the first game of the season series on November 16. Trae Young finished with 20 points, while Atlanta’s starting lineup combined for 66 points. Paul George dropped 37 points. Lou Williams scored 25 points and Jerome Robinson added 21 points off the bench. The Clippers were able to dominate for a 150-101 win.
The second game of the season series shifted to Atlanta on January 22. Montrezl Harrell finished with 30 points off the bench, but it was not enough for the Clippers. John Collins scored 33 points and added 16 rebounds. Brandon Goodwin scored 19 points, while Kevin Huerter added 12 points. Atlanta was able to come out on top in this one with a 102-95 win.
Atlanta hosted the first game of this season’s series on January 26. Reggie Jackson scored 20 points and 8 assists, while Serge Ibaka added 15 points. Trae Young dropped 38 points and De’Andre Hunter scored 22 points. The Hawks starting lineup combined for 97 points to help lead Atlanta to a 108-99 win at home in this one.
These two teams have met up three times the last two seasons, with the Hawks winning two of the three matchups. Los Angeles will look to bounce back in this one with a win in this one. The Clippers will look for their stars to step up in this one after missing the last two games against Atlanta. If Los Angeles can have a faster start in this one, it could help lead them to a win on Monday night.
Field Goal Shooting
Atlanta has been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. The Hawks have been shooting 45.7 percent from the field, which is 21st in the league. Atlanta has been able to make 36.4 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 16th in the NBA. The Hawks have drained 82.2 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 5th in the league.
The Clippers have been shooting the ball really well throughout this season. Los Angeles has been able to make 48.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 7th in the NBA. The Clippers are shooting 41.3 percent from deep this season, which is 1st in the league. Los Angeles has also sunk 84.3 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 1st in the NBA as well.
Los Angeles has been better shooting the ball throughout this season. The Hawks have been better on defense though. Atlanta has held opposing teams to a 45.5 percent from the field, which is 8th in the league. The Clippers have allowed their opponents to make 47 percent of their shots from the field, which is 21st in the NBA. If Los Angeles can step up on defense, it could help them earn the win.
Trae Young has helped lead this young Hawks team throughout this season. Young is averaging 25.5 points and 9.5 assists per game. John Collins has averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds per game. Clint Capela is averaging 14.5 points and 14 rebounds per game. Danilo Gallinari has averaged 13 points, while Kevin Huerter is averaging 12 points per game.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George has been the leaders for this Los Angeles team throughout this season. Leonard has averaged 26 points per game, while George is averaging 23 points. Lou Williams is averaging 12.5 points per game off the bench. Marcus Morris has averaged 12 points, while Serge Ibaka is averaging 11 points per game.
The Clippers have had a better top two throughout this season, while Atlanta has had their depth help them out this season. Los Angeles could be without Serge Ibaka again in this one, which would hurt their depth. The Clippers will look for Williams and Morris to help give them the edge off the bench. If Los Angeles can use their bench to their advantage, I think they can win this one.
The Clippers have been the better team throughout this season, but they lost against Atlanta earlier this season. Los Angeles will look to bounce back in this one. The Clippers are still dealing with some injury issues, but they have Leonard and George set to play in this one. If those two can help set the pace early, I think they can earn a big win against the Hawks.
BetOnline has Los Angeles listed as a -6 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Clippers on Monday night. Los Angeles is the better team this season and I think they can end Atlanta’s winning streak. The Hawks will not keep this up forever and this game seems like the one to break the streak. I am taking the Clippers at home against the spread.