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(14-23) Charlotte Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (11-26)
Date: Friday, January 5
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Hornets -2
NBA Betting Total: 215
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The Charlotte Hornets were never going to be world beaters this season, but their current 14-23 record—not to mention their 12th-place standing immediately behind the Brooklyn Nets—are vast disappointments.
The Los Angeles Lakers, on the other hand, are right where they were supposed to be at 11-26 and owning the last spot out West. The catch is that they started off their season better than expected, making their current standing feel like a letdown to those in Tinseltown.
These two face off Friday night at 10:30 p.m. ET.
The Hornets enter this game averaging 104.9 points per night. That number is good enough to place them 16th in the league.
In terms of offensive efficiency—a far better metric for recognizing offensive production—this team is averaging 103.8 points per 100 possessions. That number drops them down to 22nd in that category.
Defensively, Charlotte is allowing opponents to score 106.3 points per game. That number is good enough for 18th in the Association.
As far as defensive efficiency goes—again, a far better metric for recognizing defensive production—this team is allowing opponents to score an average of 104.9 points per 100 possessions.
That number jumps them up to 12th in the NBA in that category.
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles enters this game posting 106.7 points per night. That number is good enough for 11th in the NBA, but is quite deceiving when you look deeper at the numbers.
So far this season, the Lakers are getting their points simply by creating more possessions—not being efficient on offense. On the year, L.A. is running the fastest pace the league has to offer (ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers in second and the Phoenix Suns in third).
In terms of offensive efficiency, they’re just 28th out of 30 teams, averaging 101.1 points per 100 possessions.
Defensively, the Lakers are giving up 111.8 points per contest. That number puts them at 28th in the league.
Although some of that high scoring from opponents comes from the pace and number of possessions, this Lakers squad doesn’t exactly claim to be a defensive guru.
On the year, L.A. is allowing opponents to score 106 points per 100 possessions.
That number does put them at 16th—right around the middle of the league—but it’s tough to rely on a middling defense when you have a completely anemic offense.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Lakers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
- Lakers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Lakers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
The Lakers are motivated to turn things around. If you listen to head coach Luke Walton and standout rookie Kyle Kuzma, they’re ready to get things in order.
The catch is that it’s easier said than done when you simply can’t score.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hornets ATS
Although Lonzo Ball should be back on Friday (make sure to keep an eye on his status ahead of the game), his playmaking isn’t enough to truly make up the difference.
His presence will help keep this one close, but Kemba Walker will be the one facing up against him, and that’s enough to give the struggling Hornets the edge.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Charlotte Hornets 109 – Los Angeles Lakers 104
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