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New Orleans Hornets vs. L.A. Lakers NBA Game 2 Lines

NBA Predictions: New Orleans Hornets vs L.A. Lakers NBA Lines

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Date/Time: Wednesday, April 20, 10:30 PM ET
Venue: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Broadcast: TNT
New Orleans Hornets vs. L.A. Lakers Betting Lines from Sportsinteraction.com
Money Line: Lakers +850 / Hornets -1200
Spread: Lakers -11.5
Over/Under: 187.5
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New Orleans Hornets vs. L.A. Lakers Preview

The Lakers were shocked losing Game 1 of this series, especially after they swept the Hornets in the 4 games they played in the regular season. Chris Paul had a HUGE game scoring 33 points with 14 assists and Kobe Bryant called out Pau Gasol after the game, but the Lakers play better under a little duress so New Orleans may be in big trouble. NBA lines have the Lakers as big 11.5-point favorites in this game with a total of 187.5.

The Hornets took the opening game of this series 109-100 and they covered the spread with the total of the game going Over. This season L.A. is 39-43-1 ATS and New Orleans is 40-41-2 ATS.

Why did Kobe call out Gasol? Well, the 7-foot Spaniard only had 8 points on 2/9 shooting and he only pulled down 6 rebounds. The other frontcourt players of Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom played a little better, but not much. The Lakers have a big size advantage inside and they will have to exploit that in this game, which they did not do in Game 1.

Bryant had a big game going for 34 points on 50% shooting, but L.A. is a much better team when he does not put up a ton of shots. He has to get Gasol and the other Lakers’ scorers in this game and do so early and if the Lakers spread around the offense they will not lose.

The Lakers cannot do much to stop Paul, but what they can do is try to contain PF Carl Landry (17 points Game 1) and not allow bench guys like PG Jarrett Jack and C Aaron Gray, who combined for 27 points in Game 1, from having big scoring games. NBA Betting

Pau Gasol is key and he and Bynum have to man up and score and hit the boards and if they can do that the Lakers should have no problems winning no matter how Paul plays.

Zen Master Jackson has been here before and he will get the Lakers ready for this game, especially on the defensive end of the court. Gasol will play much better and I see them winning easily, but not by 11.5 points, which is why the Hornets will, at least, cover the big 11.5-point spread.

Trends:

New Orleans is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games as a road underdog of 11.0 or more and they have an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 road games.
L.A. is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 playoff games as a favorite, and has an Over record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.
The Hornets have covered the spread in 8 of their last 10 games facing the Lakers in L.A.

Pick: Hornets +11.5

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