2012 NBA Season Matchup:LA Clippers at Atlanta HawksApril 24, 2012 by Marc Jerbs

On Tuesday, the LA Clippers travel to the east coast to face the Atlanta Hawks at the Philips Arena. Tip-off is set at 7:30PM ET. Both teams have clinched a playoff spot but are now fighting for a homecourt advantage on their 1st round opponents in their respective conferences.

The Atlanta Hawks hold 5th place in the Eastern Conference playoff seeding. If the Hawks managed to maintain a better record against the Celtics when the regular season ends, Atlanta will have the home court advantage against the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

Likewise, the LA Clippers has also the opportunity to lock a 1st round home court advantage in the Western Conference. A win against the Hawks and a loss by Memphis will ensure the Clippers to begin their playoffs at Staples Center.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed the Atlanta Hawks as a 2-point favorite to beat the LA Clippers on Tuesday night. With home court advantage on the line, expect these teams to slug it out for forty eight minutes.