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(11-18) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Charlotte Hornets (15-13)
Date: Tuesday December 20
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Philips Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Hornets -9.5
NBA Betting Total: 213
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The struggling Lakers head on the road to Charlotte to play the East’s Hornets.
Neither team has been particularly great this month, but the Lakers have been much worse. At just 1-9 in December, Los Angeles has lost most of their early season luster that helped them finish November at .500 for the year.
Los Angeles Lakers
After an unexpectedly decent .500 start through the end of November, the Lakers have been awful in December.
The team is 1-9, including eight straight losses before a win over the 76ers, so far this month and have not looked like a team that can make a push into the playoffs.
First-year head coach Luke Walton cannot be pleased with his team’s efforts on either side of the ball. The Lakers give up 110.5 points per game, fourth worst in the NBA, while scoring just 104.5 per game.
The Lakers have had two 30-plus point losses in December, including a horrendous 39-point loss to Houston.
With a patch-work squad that includes eight players with two or less years of NBA experience and the 16-year veteran Metta World Peace, the Lakers haven’t been able to find any consistency on either side of the ball.
At 5-5 in the month of December, Charlotte is definitely playing the better basketball of the teams in this matchup.
Point guard Kemba Walker is having the best season of his career. He’s averaging 22.4 PPG along with 5.3 assists per game, while shooting over 46% from the field.
Walker has been a key factor in all of the Hornets’ wins and is making a great case for an All-star bid this year.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of offensive proficiency on this team outside of Walker. The Hornets average just 103.9 points per game, 18th best in the NBA.
Guard Nicolas Batum’s stats are down this year. He’s averaging 13.7 PPG on just 38% shooting. Last year, he was putting up 14.9 on 43% from the field.
Fortunately for Charlotte, the defense has been solid. The Hornets give up 102.1 PPG, which is good enough for 12th in the NBA. They limit teams to 34% three-point shooting while forcing 13 turnovers per game.
Quality defense has helped this team rise to fourth in the Eastern Conference.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Los Angeles is 2-8 ATS in last 10 games
- The Total has gone UNDER in five of Charlotte’s last seven games
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
The Lakers are a very poor defensive team and haven’t been good on the road this year.
With Charlotte playing decent basketball this year, “decent” is probably all they’ll need to play to take care of the Lakers.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick:
Hornets get the W at home. Lakers cover the +9.5 point spread.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles 99 – Charlotte 106
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