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NBA Playoff Betting: Hornets vs. Lakers

With their series tied 2-2 Chris Paul leads the New Orleans Hornets into Los Angeles to face the Lakers tonight in Game 5 of their opening round playoff series.

The Hornets won Game 4 93-88 as a 6-point home underdog. Paul torched the Lakers for 27 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists, while Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 17 points, six rebounds and eight assists.

View New Orleans vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Lakers in this one, they're listed as 10.5-point favorites on the betting line for the contest. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 183 for Monday.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 14-rated Hornets taking on the No. 2-rated Lakers in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 103-97 win for the Lakers on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 101.5 PPG, against a Hornets defense that ranks No. 5 at 94 PPG. The Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 46.3% so far, more than the Hornets shooters have achieved on the year, 45.9% per game.

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.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 93-88 loser on the road against the Hornets. They failed to cover the 6–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (181) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Kobe Bryant scored 17 points in a failed effort to lead the Lakers to victory (they lost 93-88 to New Orleans at New Orleans Arena on Sunday).

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 9-1
Before playing LA Lakers are 2-8
After playing LA Lakers are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing New Orleans are 7-3
After playing New Orleans are 8-2
After a loss are 4-6

A few Hornets at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of New Orleans's last 14 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 7 of New Orleans's last 10 games when playing LA Lakers
New Orleans is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
LA Lakers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against New Orleans
LA Lakers are 12-4 SU in their last 16 games at home
LA Lakers are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 10 of the LA Lakers last 14 games when playing at home against New Orleans

Next up:
New Orleans home to LA Lakers, Thursday, April 28
LA Lakers at New Orleans, Thursday, April 28