Hornets vs Lakers Prediction - NBA Picks 12/28/23

Los Angeles Lakers (17-14) vs Charlotte Hornets (7-20)

Game Info: Thursday, December 28, 2023 at 10:30 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Lakers -13.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Charlotte Hornets have lost 8 straight games. The Los Angeles Lakers need a win after losing 5 of their last 6 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a Charlotte Hornets vs Los Angeles Lakers prediction.

Charlotte Hornets Betting Preview

The Charlotte Hornets have lost to the Heat, Pelicans, 76ers, Raptors, Pacers, Nuggets, and Clippers during this streak. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 110.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 120.6 points on 49.4 percent shooting. LaMelo Ball is averaging 24.7 points and 5.5 rebounds, while Terry Rozier is averaging 22.9 points and 3.7 rebounds. Miles Bridges is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Miller is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 38.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game.

Charlotte Hornets Player Facts

  • Miles Bridges ranks 17th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FT% (86.0%) this season.
  • Terry Rozier ranks 39th amongst qualified players for three-pointers made Per Game (2.5) this season.

Los Angeles Lakers Betting Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Timberwolves and Celtics over the last week. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 114.1 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 114.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, while Anthony Davis is averaging 24.9 points and 12.4 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Reaves is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Lakers rank 2nd in the league for opponent free throw attempts per game this season (19.1).
  • The Lakers rank 29th in the league for Q1 win percentage this season (29.0%).
  • The Hornets have missed the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons - longest active streak in the NBA
  • The Hornets rank 30th in the league for Q1 points per game this season (25.7).

Charlotte Hornets vs Los Angeles Lakers prediction

The Los Angeles Lakers are capable of blowing the doors off here, but they've also been a mess since the tournament and simply winning has been difficult, let alone winning by margin. The Lakers have failed to cover 6 of their last 8 games, and they're 13-18 ATS on the season. The Charlotte Hornets have a boatload of injuries and winning has been difficult, but they've been competitive at times, and they've covered their last two games. This is a lot of points. Give me the Hornets and the points.

Randy’s Pick Charlotte Hornets +13.5

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