After winning 60 games last season, second-best in the
Having announced his plans to retire at the end of the season,
The Hawks may not have
The Hawks boast a pair of talented big men in
Though both are somewhat undersized, they're still a very capable duo. Millsap is Atlanta's leading scorer at 18.4 points a game, along with 9.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 steals. Horford is averaging 15.8 points with 7.3 rebounds.
The Lakers will counter with
The 7-foot-2 Hibbert has a size advantage over Horford, who just barely hits 6-foot-10.
Randle is averaging 11.7 points and 9.3 rebounds a game; Hibbert is at 7.9 and 6.8, respectively.
The Hawks have offensive threats in
On the other hand, Bryant scored 31 points against the Wizards, shooting 41.7% from the field (10-24) -- well over his season average of 31.1%. The Lakers need either a more efficient Bryant -- or one who shoots fewer shots.
Jordan Clarkson has been a steady source of offense for the Lakers this season, at a more efficient 47.3% from the field and 41.3% from three-point range.
The Lakers played as well as they have all year against the Wizards on Wednesday, notching their third win of the season, but don't expect the same result against the Hawks.