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NBA odds preview - Lakers vs. Hornets

Los Angeles LakersNew Orleans Hornets
March 14, 8:00 PM | New Orleans Arena

Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Hornets Odds

26-16TEAM RECORD10-32

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Los Angeles when they hit take on the Hornets on Wednesday in pro hoops betting action.

The Lakers will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 19-23 ATS against the number this season, while the Hornets are 20-22 ATS. Los Angeles is 21-21 on the totals; New Orleans is 19-22-1.

View LA Lakers vs New Orleans Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Hornets as 6-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 180, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 3-rated Lakers taking on the No. 20-rated Hornets in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 95-87 win for the Lakers on Wednesday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 29-ranked offense (88.2 PPG) against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 8 at 92.5 PPG. The Hornets have averaged 43.8% from the field per game, less than the Lakers have managed so far this season (45.4% on average).

Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 14-rated defense on the road, allowing 97.1 points per game. New Orleans, meanwhile, comes in at No. 30 in the league in scoring at home.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 116-111 result against the Grizzlies on March 13. The Lakers covered in that game as a 1-point underdog, while the 227 combined points took the game OVER the total. Memphis was victimized by Andrew Bynum for 37 points as the Lakers defeated the Grizzlies 116-111 in NBA action on Tuesday.

The Hornets were a 73-71 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (144) made winners of UNDER bettors. Jarrett Jack scored 15 points in a failed effort to lead the Hornets to victory (they lost 73-71 to Charlotte at New Orleans Arena on Monday).

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 6-4
After playing Memphis are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 7-3
After playing Charlotte are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Lakers at Hornets trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the LA Lakers last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of New Orleans's last 12 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 6 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
New Orleans is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
New Orleans is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
LA Lakers home to Minnesota, Friday, March 16
New Orleans home to Washington, Thursday, March 15

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