Charlotte Hornets (14-23) at Los Angeles Lakers (11-26)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 215 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and the Los Angeles Lakers collide at the STAPLES Center on Friday night.
The Charlotte Hornets have split their last eight games and they will be looking to build on their dominant 131-111 win at Sacramento on Tuesday. Nicolas Batum led the team with 21 points, Dwight Howard added 20 points while Jeremy Lamb and Johnny O’Bryant each scored 16 points. As a team, the Hornets shot 57 percent from the field and 15 of 32 from the three-point line as they cruised to the easy win after dominating the first half by 72-52 and it was a real team effort as the Hornets had eight players finish in double figures in scoring. With the win, Charlotte improved to 14-23 overall and 4-13 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have lost 11 of their last 12 games and they will be hoping to snap an eight-game skid after getting blown out by the Thunder in a 133-96 rout on Wednesday. Kyle Kuzma led the team with 18 points on seven of 14 shooting, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 12 points while Brook Lopez and Corey Brewer finished with 10 points each. As a team, the Lakers shot 41 percent from the field and 11 of 33 from the three-point line but they were always fighting a losing battle after getting outscored by 37-18 in the second quarter and things just went from bad to worse in the second half as Thunder poured on another 70 points despite resting their key players. With the loss, Los Angeles dropped to 11-26 overall and 6-13 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hornets are 3-1-2 ATS in their last six road games, 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a win of more than 10 points. The Lakers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, 0-5 ATS in their last five home games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings, the Hornets are 1-5-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 9-2-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Lakers received a big boost with Lopez returning back to the lineup, but it didn’t help them at all against the Thunder who were just too good for them. The Hornets haven’t been world-beaters themselves but they’re improving and looked great in their big win over the Kings on Tuesday, so while the Lakers are always a threat at home, I’m sticking with the Hornets to get the win and cover.