Charlotte Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/9/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/9/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers (9-15) at Charlotte Hornets (9-15)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Spectrum Center)

The Line: Charlotte Hornets -5.5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets meet Saturday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers look for a feel good victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 105.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 109.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 16.2 points and 6.3 rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 16.2 points and three assists. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost six of their last eight road games.

The Charlotte Hornets need a victory here after losing six of their last seven games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 104.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.2 points on 45 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 22.7 points and 6.2 assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 15.3 points and five rebounds. Dwight Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Kaminsky is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have split their last six home games.

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The Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Hornets are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lakers are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Charlotte, 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 20-6-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings.

We've made some good money fading the Hornets, which includes last night when Charlotte was a double-digit favorite against the Chicago Bulls and lost outright. Not sure what oddmakers see in these Hornets, but I'm not buying it. It's no secret the Lakers have issues of their own, but they consistently play in close games, can score the basketball and are catching the Hornets on the end of a back to back. There's just not much you can say about the Hornets, as they're simply not a good basketball team. Give me the free points and the Lakers.

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Lakers +5.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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