The Los Angeles Lakers (26-25) travel to face off against the Charlotte Hornets (10-38) on Monday, February 5th. This game will be played at Spectrum Center in Charlotte and televised on BSSE. The Lakers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Hornets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Knicks. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Lakers vs Hornets
The Lakers Are Coming Off A Win
The Lakers picked up a win over the Knicks in their latest game, finishing with a score of 113-105. The first half ended in a tie, but the Lakers won the second half, outscoring the Knicks 54-46.
Looking at the Lakers’ overall record of 26-25, they are above .500. Breaking it down, they are 18-16 against Western Conference teams and 8-9 in non-conference games.
Los Angeles currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 23-28 at this point. In their last two home games, Los Angeles has successfully covered the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 12-13 at home compared to 11-15 on the road.
The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Hornets fell to the Pacers by a score of 115-99. Turning the tide, the Hornets picked up the win, overcoming a halftime deficit of 55-44.
Despite being +10.5 underdogs, the Hornets are 10-38 overall. When facing Eastern Conference teams, the Hornets are 7-23 compared to 3-15 against non-conference opponents.
Charlotte has an overall ATS record of 15-31 as they come into today’s game. Charlotte has struggled to cover the spread in their last two road games and has an ATS record of 8-16 on the road, while it is 7-15 at home.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
Through 51 games games, Los Angeles is averaging 116.1 points per game (14th).
The Lakers are one of the most efficient teams in the NBA, ranking 7th in field goal percentage. They are also 8th in true shooting percentage and are 10th in two-point shooting percentage. However, they are just 16th in three-point shooting percentage.
So far this season, the Lakers have been a below-average three-point shooting team. They are 30th in three-point attempts and are 28th in three-point makes. In terms of overall scoring, the Lakers are 14th in the NBA at 116.1 points per game.
When it comes to pace, the Lakers are 6th in the NBA at 101.1 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are 8th in the league at 28.1 per game. However, they are last in the NBA in offensive rebounds, averaging just 8.3 per game.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
In 48 games games, Charlotte has an average of 108.3 points per game (29th).
This season, the Hornets have struggled offensively, ranking 29th in scoring at 108.3 points per game. At home, they are averaging 107.8 points per game.
So far, Charlotte has outscored the NBA scoring average in just 35.4% of their games. They have also been below their own scoring average in two straight games.
When it comes to pace, the Hornets are 23rd in the league at 97.9 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 28th at 45%.
Lakers Team Defense
The Lakers’ defense is presently ranked 18th in the league, allowing an average of 117.1 points per contest. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Lakers are forcing 13.5 per game, which is 21st in the league. They also come into the game sitting 10th in blocked shots at 5.5 per game.
Hornets Team Defense
Facing Los Angeles, the Hornets aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 120.3 points allowed per game (25th). When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Hornets squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 57.4% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 39.5% from downtown.
Key Players For The Lakers And Hornets
For today’s matchup, we project Anthony Davis to lead the scoring for the Lakers, putting up 24 points and shooting at a rate of 9/16. Throughout this season, his average stands at 24.7 points per game, along with 12.2 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Miles Bridges as the leading scorer for the Hornets. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 21 while also collecting 7 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 45.1% and is averaging 20.7 points per contest.
Lakers vs Hornets Trends
- Los Angeles has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 116 points per game while allowing 116. The team also performed well vs the spread at 2-1.
- Although Charlotte has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 1-2. The team averaged 113 points per game in these games.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Hornets have a straight up record of 0-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 0-3.
- As the betting favorite, the Lakers have an ATS mark of just 4-6 in their last ten games. Los Angeles posted a straight up mark of 5-5 in these matchups.
In this Lakers vs. Hornets matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Hornets at +10.5. While we project the Lakers to win 116-108, our recommendation is to bet on the Hornets for the point-spread.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 229.5 and our model has the Lakers and Hornets finishing with a combined 224 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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