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L.A. Lakers vs. Charlotte Hornets - 3/29/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Charlotte Hornets at L.A. Lakers
Date & Time Friday March 29, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Staples Center
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: L.A. Lakers +2 -- Over/Under: 225.5
TV Channel
FSCR, SPEC
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The Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The Charlotte Hornets look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 110.9 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 25.2 points and 5.9 assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 15.1 points and 5.6 rebounds. Marvin Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Nicolas Batum is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have split their last six road games.

The Los Angeles Lakers look to play spoiler after losing 13 of their last 17 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 111.7 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 113.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.4 points and 8.2 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds. JaVale McGee is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost five of their last seven home games.

The Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Lakers are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Hornets are 10-2-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Los Angeles and 2-6-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The under is 5-0 in Lakers last 5 overall. The over is 4-1 in Hornets last 5 overall.

The Charlotte Hornets have put together a nice four-game winning streak, are winning their last five games by an average of four points and are back in the thick of the playoff race. The Los Angeles Lakers are a complete mess are just 14-21-2 ATS at home this season. This is probably a spot to lay the bucket with the better team and the team that has something to play for, but the Hornets are still a bad basketball team no matter how you slice it, and you know a letdown is right around the corner. The Lakers also looked good in their last two home games and were having fun for once. I'm just not sold on the Hornets at all and haven't been for years. I'll take the two points with the Lakers.

Pick:
L.A. Lakers +2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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