Charlotte Hornets vs Los Angeles Lakers betting tips and predictions for Monday’s clash in the NBA. The Lakers will try to avoid their 3rd straight loss as they welcome the Charlotte Hornets to Staples Center. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
After a solid start to the season, the Charlotte Hornets have cooled off a bit with 4 straight losses. 3 of those came against teams from California, the Warriors, Kings and Clippers. They’ve given up an average of 124.6 points per game in those 3 losses, that has to improve if they want to get a win over the Lakers tonight. This team couldn’t be more different on offense and defense this season. They score at the highest rate in the NBA at 114.2 points per game while giving up the most points at 117.4 per game. Things could get difficult though as they could be without Mason Plumlee and P.J. Washington which would be a big blow to their inside presence.
Los Angeles Lakers
Speaking of inside presence, the Lakers could use some of that as well. LeBron James could miss yet another game as he recovers from a groin injury and without him this team has looked lost at times. In their latest loss to the Blazers they managed only 90 points. Star player Russell Westbrook had one of his worst performances ever with just 8 points on 1-for-13 shooting. Anthony Davis played just 7 minutes as he left the game with an injury, his status for tonight is questionable. Not a single Lakers starter score in double-figures, Malik Monk was the high point man with 13 off the bench. LA has a 6-4 record against Charlotte in the last 10 meetings.
Both teams are struggling right now, but with the Lakers playing at home I think siding with them is the right call here. Knowing Russell Westbrook and his mentality, he will surely be up for it to make amends for his poor performance against Portland. Even if AD misses this one, Russ is good enough to get a triple-double and lead the Lakers to a win. Back LA to cover.
Los Angeles Lakers – Charlotte Hornets Odds
Los Angeles Lakers – Charlotte Hornets Prediction
Back the Lakers -2.5 Point Spread at -110 odds on bet365!
This will be a match-up of the fastest and 4th fastest paced teams in the NBA this season. The Lakers average 105.5 possessions per game, while the Hornets are at 103.8 per game. They are also averaging 224.3 points per game between them, which is a great sign if you want to back the over here. Charlotte’s leaky defense has caused 4 of their last 5 games to go over the total. Lakers games against Eastern Conference typically finish over the total, that has been the case in 8 of the last 12 such games. Their last 3 opponents have all gone over 100 points, a team like Charlotte should have no issues doing so as well tonight, but I think the Lakers have enough to outshoot them in front of their own fans. Go with the over.
Back Over 224.5 Points at -110 odds on bet365!