After shocking the Los Angeles Lakers in their series opener on Sunday, what will Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets do for an encore tonight when they clash in Game 2?
The Hornets were a 11-point road underdog in Game 2 and delivered a 109-100 victory. Paul led New Orleans with 33 points, seven rebounds and 14 assists, while Kobe Bryant netted 34 points for the Lakers.
Sportsbooks have set the Lakers as 11-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 187, but may be on the move.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Lakers rated this week at No. 2 and the Hornets sitting at No. 14. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 103-97 result in favor of the Lakers today.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Hornets rank No. 24 in the league with 40.1 per game. That compares with Los Angeles’s No. 3 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Los Angeles is the NBA’s No. 12-ranked team at 6.4 per game, while the Hornets rate No. 22 with 5.4 per contest.
Defensively, the Hornets feature the league's No. 7-rated defense on the road, allowing 95.8 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 in the league in scoring at home.
New Orleans won its last outing, a 109-100 result against the Lakers on April 17. The Hornets covered in that game as a 11-point underdog, while the 209 combined points took the game OVER the total. Chris Paul poured in 33 points for New Orleans on Sunday, as they defeated Los Angeles 109-100 at STAPLES Center.
New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing LA Lakers are 2-8
After playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After a win are 4-6
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing New Orleans are 8-2
After playing New Orleans are 9-1
After a loss are 4-6
A few Hornets at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Orleans's last 7 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of New Orleans's last 13 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the LA Lakers last 7 games when playing New Orleans
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against New Orleans
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games
New Orleans home to LA Lakers, Friday, April 22
LA Lakers at New Orleans, Friday, April 22