Lakers vs. Hornets Prediction
Can the Los Angeles Lakers shake off some of their road woes when they take on the Charlotte Hornets tonight at 7PM ET?
503 Los Angeles Lakers at 504 Charlotte Hornets
Saturday, December 15, 2018
7PM ET – Spectrum Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Lakers are the slight favorite on the road, as they are getting odds of -2 points against the Hornets. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 227 points. The public betting currently has 73 percent going on the Lakers as the road favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Lakers coming off another road loss
The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a 126-111 loss at Houston on Thursday, their second consecutive road defeat. The Lakers are 17-11 overall, 6-7 on the road, 11-16-1 against the spread and 17-10-1 with the under.
Los Angeles is putting up pretty good offensive numbers, averaging 113.0 points per game while averaging 47.6 percent from the field. Defensively, the Lakers are allowing 111.4 points per game while holding opponents to 44.8 percent shooting. Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram are both out with injuries. LeBron James is averaging 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game to lead the team while Kyle Kuzma is adding 18.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest.
Hornets upset by Knicks
The Charlotte Hornets had their three-game win streak come to an end on Friday night in a 126-124 OT loss to the Knicks. Charlotte is now 14-14 on the season, 10-6 at home, 16-12 against the spread and 15-13 with the over.
Charlotte is pretty strong on offense, averaging 114.3 points per game this season while shooting 35.8 percent from the arc. Defensively, the Hornets are giving up 111.2 points per game while opponents shoot 46 percent against them. Kemba Walker is averaging 25.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game to lead the team while Jeremy Lamb is adding 15.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Lakers are 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 against Eastern Conference opponents.
The Hornets are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, but 4-1 ATS in their last five games on no rest.
The Hornets have been able to handle back-to-back games pretty well this season, but playing an OT game last night will have to leave them tired for a game tonight against a high-paced Lakers offense. Los Angeles can stretch the floor and keep the game up tempo. Usually Charlotte likes that style, but I think their legs will be a little slower tonight after scrapping with New York last night.
NBA Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -2