The Atlanta Hawks host the Los Angeles Clippers in a matchup between teams missing several key pieces on Tuesday evening at State Farm Arena. The Clippers (13-4) will put a seven-game winning streak on the line, with the Hawks looking to improve on their 8-8 record. Kawhi Leonard (protocols), Paul George (protocols) and Patrick Beverley (knee) are out of action for the Clippers. For Atlanta, Trae Young (back), Cam Reddish (Achilles) and Clint Capela (hand) are listed as questionable for Tuesday's game. Danilo Gallinari is listed as probable.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET in Atlanta. The latest Clippers vs. Hawks odds from William Hill Sportsbook list Atlanta as a five-point favorite, up half a point from the opening line. The over-under for total points expected is 221.5. Before finalizing any Hawks vs. Clippers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Clippers vs. Hawks spread: Hawks -5
- Clippers vs. Hawks over-under: 221.5 points
- Clippers vs. Hawks money line: Hawks -200, Clippers +175
- LAC.: The Clippers are 5-2 against the spread on the road this season
- ATL: The Hawks are 3-4 against the spread at home in 2020-21
Why the Clippers can cover
The Clippers are undermanned without Leonard and George, but L.A. does have quality depth. Lou Williams is a three-time Sixth Man of the Year winner, and the Clippers have offensive creators in Luke Kennard, Marcus Morris and others. From there, L.A. deploys a quality scheme that has yielded an elite offense this season, scoring 116.8 points per 100 possessions and posting the second-best true shooting percentage (61.0 percent) in the NBA.
Defensively, the Clippers lead the league in second-chance points allowed (9.8 per game), and they rank near the top of the NBA in points allowed in the paint (44.9 per game). Those marks, combined with top-10 metrics in defensive rebound rate and free throw rate allowed, paint a relatively optimistic picture, even on the road.
Why the Hawks can cover
Atlanta made substantial improvements in the offseason and, even with injury issues, the Hawks are a talented team. Young is the team's offensive engine, averaging 25.3 points and 8.7 assists per game, but he is joined by several double-digit scorers including John Collins, De'Andre Hunter and Capela. Hunter's improvement in his second season, including 17.4 points per game on tremendous efficiency, unlocks Atlanta on both ends of the floor, and Collins is one of the NBA's best play finishers offensively.
Capela missed the team's last game but, prior to that, he generated at least 15 rebounds and three blocks in four straight outings, headlined by a 13-point, 19-rebound, 10-block triple-double on Friday against Minnesota. With that talent base, the Hawks are currently above-average on both ends of the floor and they have the benefit of home-court advantage in this matchup.
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