On opening night of the 2013-14 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers came out onto the hardwood at Staples Center and shocked the basketball world by staking their claim as the Kings of Los Angeles Basketball in a smack down of the Los Angeles Clippers — a team that is ranked much higher then them and is a favorite to make the NBA Finals in the west.
Since then, the Lakers have lost two games in a row. Since their latest loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers have had a day off to recuperate and will look to get a win on Sunday evening versus the new-look Atlanta Hawks; a team very much in flux this season and very capable of being beat by the Lakers at home. The Lakers have also won the last seven meetings versus the Hawks at home.
It is going to take the Lakers bench stepping up to get the win. Since the opening night of the season when the Lakers bench scored an impressive 76 points, they have been remarkably quiet. The backcourt depth of players like Xavier Henry and Jordan Farmar are going to need to step up and score points if the Lakers are going to stand a chance.
The Hawks are in a year of rebuilding similar to the Lakers after Josh Smith headed out of town this past offseason, and they are more then capable of losing to a Lakers team inside Staples Center. It’s time for the Lakers to bring home another win and not to extend the losing streak.
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