Check out our free Lakers vs Hornets pick and preview for this NBA game in Charlotte. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.

Lakers vs Hornets NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers at Charlotte Hornets
  • Where: Charlotte at Spectrum Center
  • Date: Monday, January 2nd
  • Betting Odds CHA -1, LAL -112 | CHA -109 O/U OFF

The Lakers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 15-21. So far, the team has gone 14-20-2 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Los Angeles is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.

The Lakers are coming off a 130-121 win over the Hawks. This away win came despite entering the game as the 6 point underdogs. Los Angeles actually trailed the Hawks by 5 before putting themselves on top with a strong 3rd quarter performance. Going into the final period, the team led by 3. In the win, LeBron James led the team in scoring with 47 points on a field goal percentage of 66.7%.

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So far, the Hornets have put together an overall record of 10-27, while going 16-18-3 vs the spread. In their previous 3 games, the Hornets are averaging 110 points per game while allowing 115. This has led to a record of 1-2.

Not only did the Hornets drop their last game to the Nets. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 123-106 as 6 point underdogs. Charlotte struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip home at a 12 point halftime deficit. In the loss, LaMelo Ball led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 36.8%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Lakers averaged 120.0 points per game vs Charlotte, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Lakers saw a boost in scoring, the Hornets averaged 120.0 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Los Angeles. This figure was similar to season-long average. In terms of betting, Los Angeles has an ATS record of 4-1 in the previous 5 matchups vs Charlotte. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +3 points per game in favor of the Lakers. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 3-2. Combined, they averaged 231 points in these games.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Lakers come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 116.0 points per game (7th). Coming into today’s game, the Lakers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.4 made 3’s per game. Despite struggling with their outside shot, Los Angeles remains one of the better offensive units in large part to their ability to get to the charity stripe. So far, the team is averaging 20.0 made free-throws per game.

Currently, the Lakers defense is ranked 28th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.15 points per game vs the unit.

A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Lakers 2nd leading scorer, Anthony Davis. In his 25 games, Davis is averaging 27.4 points per game while dishing out 2.6 assists and grabbing 12.1 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of LeBron James, who leads the team and is 8th in the NBA at 28.5 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 50.6% of his field goal attempts while taking 24.9% of the team’s shots from the floor.

For the season, the Hornets offensive unit is ranked just 25th in scoring at 111.3 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Hornets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.7 made 3’s per game. If the team is going to improve their scoring numbers, they will need to become more efficient with their shots as Charlotte is already one of the leaders in pace, averaging 101.7 possessions per game.

Defensively, Charlotte has had its problems giving up an average of 114.89 points per game (25th).

Charlotte will be relying on P.J. Washington to provide a strong scoring performance in today’s game against the Los Angeles. Kelly Oubre Jr. has been ruled out. So far this season, Oubre Jr. has been the team’s leading scorer with an average of 20.2 points per game. Washington is 2nd on the team with 15.0 points per game, which places him 87.0th in the NBA. In 36 games, he has hit 42.5% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game.

Lakers vs Hornets Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Lakers -1.0
  • Free Total Prediction: Over OFF

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