L.A. Lakers vs. Charlotte Hornets
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 8:30 PM (Staples Center)
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The Charlotte Hornets (1-1) head out west on Sunday for a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Hornets come into Sunday’s game after being dominated by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, losing by the score of 121-89. The Hornets were unable to stop Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns who lit up the scoreboard scoring 37 points while recording 15 rebounds and 8 assists. The Hornets were led in scoring by Devonte’ Graham who scored 24 points while going 8 of 15 from the field and 2 of 4 from the free throw line. The rebound leader for Charlotte was PJ Washington who grabbed 10 boards, with 2 coming offensively while Terry Rozier led the team in assists with 10 while recording 11 points of his own.
After seeing the final score and stat line from Friday’s game, it is easy to see that the Hornets never stood a chance against a very talented Minnesota team. Graham is the Hornets leading scorer in terms of points per game and is averaging 23.5 while shooting 62.5 percent from the field. PJ Washington is the Charlotte's leader in rebounds, with 7 rebounds per game and is averaging 5.5 defensively and 1.5 offensively in the rebounding category. The Hornets have been accurate from the field goal range this season and are averaging shooting 47.7 percent from the field. On the injury list, Nicolas Batum is listed as out while Cody Zeller is listed as day to day.
Before welcoming the Hornets on Sunday, the Lakers first had to battle the Jazz at home and came out with the win, 95-86. The Lakers are now 1-1 on the season and will look to continue building on their record against the Hornets. LeBron James led his team in points, with 32 as he went 12 of 22 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. James also led his team in rebounds with 5 and assists with 10. The Lakers were also helped by their big acquisition from last off season, Anthony Davis. Davis scored 21 points of his own while collecting 7 rebounds and 2 assists.
It’s now safe to say that the Davis and James show has begun in Los Angeles after the two combined for a total of 53 of the total 95 Lakers points on Friday. On the year, the Lakers are shooting 41.5 percent from field goal range and are also averaging 41.5 rebounds per game. The Lakers are also scoring on average of 98.5 points per game but will look to increase that number on Sunday against the Hornets. On the Lakers injury list is Talen Horton-Tucker who is listed as out and Rajon Rondo and Kyle Kuzma who are listed as day to day.
Although the Hornets are averaging more points per game this season than the Lakers, I think that stat gets turned around in a hurry. The Lakers have more star power and just more skill than the Hornets, especially at home in front of the Los Angeles crowd. I don’t think this game will even be close and much like their game against the Timberwolves, it will be at the Hornets expense. Lakers win big 120-100 and covers the spread.