Two teams sitting in the bottom places of their respective conferences are clashing tonight, when the Los Angeles Lakers (11-26), who are struggling mightily for the past month, are hosting the Charlotte Hornets (14-23), who have been extremely unstable lately.
Date/Time: 01-05-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers +2.5
Lakers have a11-26 record (17-20 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the last place of the West. They have eight consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Thunder with a 96-133 score, not beating the odds. They show impressive offensive pluralism with seven players in double digit scoring, led by KyleKuzma with 17.5 ppg, adding 6.4 rebounds. He is followed by Brandon Ingram with 15.9 ppg and 5.3 rebounds, while Jordan Clarkson adds 14.3 ppg.
Hornets have a 14-23 record (15-19-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on 12th place of the East. They have not lost or won a second consecutive match since before Christmas and in their last game they won at home against the Kings with a 131-111 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 21.4 ppg, adding a team high 5.8 assists per game. He is followed by Dwight Howard with 15.7 ppg and a team high 12.2 rebounds per game, while Jeremy Lamb adds 14.4 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Lakers won on the road with a 99-110 score. Lakers are 6-13 at home so far this season, while Hornets are 4-13 on the road. Lakers are better offensively, scoring 106.7 ppg to Hornets’ 104.9, while Hornets are better defensively, allowing 106.3 ppg to Lakers’ second-worse of 111.8. Lakers have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 45.3% to Hornets’ second-worse of 43.9%, while Hornets have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 35.3% to Lakers’ league-low of 32.6%. Hornets are second-best in rebounding, grabbing 46.3 to Lakers’ third-best of 46.1 and are also better in turnovers committed (13.1 to 16.5), while Lakers are better in assists made (23.1 to 20.8). Lakers have been in a free fall lately and Vegas odds give Hornets a -2.5 spread which they are expected to beat for the road win tonight.
Charlotte Hornets vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Charlotte Hornets -2.5 (-110)
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