The Charlotte Hornets (8-24) play the 4th game of their 6-game road trip Friday night. They face the Los Angeles Lakers (13-18), who return home for 1 game before heading on the road for 5. Tip-off is 10:30 p.m. ET at Crypto.com Arena (NBATV). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Hornets vs. Lakers odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
The Hornets snapped an 8-game losing streak Monday night with a 125-119 road win over the Sacramento Kings as 10-point underdogs, but have lost 9 of their last 10. Following the win, they lost Wednesday night 126-105 to the Clippers, failing to cover the 9-point spread.
The Lakers have lost 2 straight games after winning 3 of the previous 4. They are coming off a 134-120 loss to the Kings Wednesday night, failing to cover the 8.5-point spread.
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Lakers 122, Hornets 115
The Hornets have struggled on the road this season. They are 4-13 away from home and have lost 7 of their last 8 road games. The Lakers are a mediocre 8-7 at home, but have won 3 straight and 6 of 7 there.
I like the Lakers to win outright but there isn’t a large spread, so an ATS wager is your more valuable bet.
Nine of the Lakers’ last 10 wins have been by more than 3 points.
Only one of the Hornets’ last 10 losses has been by fewer than 3 points. They are 9-7-1 ATS on the road this season but their recent play doesn’t suggest they will cover without winning outright, and a moneyline bet on the Hornets is the better play if you like them.
That said, I like the Lakers to continue their run of success at home.
BET LAKERS -3.5 (-105).
The projected total is high.
Only 3 of the Hornets’ last 10 games have surpassed tonight’s projected total. The same is the case for the Lakers. Only 3 of their last 10 games have gone higher than 241.
BET UNDER 241.5 (-110).
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