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Lakers at Hornets - 3/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers (16-42) at Charlotte Hornets (24-33)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)

The Line: Charlotte Hornets -8.5 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TWC SN, SPSO

The Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets meet Tuesday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Los Angeles Lakers have won three of their last four games and begin a three-game road trip. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 99.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting and are allowing 106.1 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Carlos Boozer is averaging 12.4 points and 6.9 rebounds while Jordan Hill is averaging 12.4 points and eight rebounds. Jeremy Lin is dishing 4.6 assists and Wayne Ellington is shooting 43.5 percent from the field. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 46.7 percent from the field in their last five games, a percentage that has allowed them to compete as of late. Still, the Lakers have given up 100-plus points in nine of their last 12 games. Nick Young is questionable with a knee injury.

Lakers at Hornets - 3/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Charlotte Hornets look for a win after splitting their last four games. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 94.4 points on 42.4 percent shooting and are allowing 96.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Mo Williams is averaging 23.4 points and seven assists while Al Jefferson is averaging 17.1 points and 8.8 rebounds. Gerald Henderson is dishing 2.6 assists and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 42.5 percent shooting in their last five games and have given up 92 or less points in three of their last four games. The Hornets are one of many teams fighting for the final two playoff spots in the East, but they’ve lost three straight home games.

The Lakers are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Tuesday games. The Lakers are 5-14 ATS in the last 19 meetings.

Both of these squads have been so inconsistent that it's hard to trust either side. In these type of games, I usually side with the points. Back the Lakers if you must cap this game. 

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Los Angeles Lakers +8.5

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