Lakers vs. Hornets Pick
Can the Charlotte Hornets put up a sizable win when they return home to face the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Hornets are a clear favorite at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -9.5 points against the Lakers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 212.5 points. The Hornets have won three straight over Los Angeles, while the Lakers are 3-1 against the spread in the last four meetings in this series.
The Hornets snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday with a 107-99 win over the Hawks on the road. Charlotte is coming off a five-game road trip, so the Hornets will be eager to be at home, where they are 8-6. For the season, Charlotte is 15-13 overall and 13-14-1 against the spread. The Hornets are putting up 103.9 points per game on the year while allowing 102.1 points per game. Charlotte is led by Kemba Walker, who is averaging 22.4 points and 5.3 assists per game. Nicolas Batum is adding 13.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per contest.
The Lakers are in a bit of a freefall, as they have lost nine of their last 10 games to drop to 11-19 on the year and 13-16-1 against the spread. They are just 2-8 against the spread in this 10-game stretch, though they have covered in the last two. Los Angeles is a big defensive mess right now, allowing 110.5 points per game. That currently ranks 27th in the NFL. Offensively, Los Angeles is averaging 104.4 points per game. Louis Williams is averaging 18.9 points off the bench to lead the Lakers while D’Angelo Russell is putting up 15 points and 4.5 assists per game.
The Lakers are a mess, but they have shown some ability to cover the last few games. Charlotte hasn’t been good against the spread lately either, but they are returning home after a long road trip. I think the return to Charlotte will help the Hornets score on this poor defense while the Lakers won’t be able to match. Ten points is a lot to cover, but I’m taking my chances on Charlotte.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: CHARLOTTE HORNETS -9.5