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Hornets take on Lakers in hoops contest

New Orleans HornetsLos Angeles Lakers
March 27, 9:30 PM | STAPLES Center

New Orleans Hornets vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

42-31TEAM RECORD52-20

The Lakers will hit the floor running against the visiting New Orleans Hornets on Sunday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

Los Angeles battles the Hornets, currently with a 42-31 mark (35-35-3 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 29-43 for the Lakers and 26-46-1 for the Hornets.

View New Orleans vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Hornets are listed as 9-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, with the total listed at 189.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Lakers - Hornets odds would favor the Lakers if the lines were set according to power ranks. Los Angeles is rated No. 1 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Hornets sit at No. 13. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 103-98 win for the Lakers.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 8-ranked offense (102 PPG) against a Hornets defense that ranks No. 4 at 93.4 PPG. The Lakers have averaged 46.5% from the field per game, more than the Hornets have managed so far this season (46% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Hornets own the league's No. 4-rated mark, allowing 94.6 points per game when on the road. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 8 in home scoring.

The Hornets were a 106-100 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Suns. They covered the 6.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (206) made winners of OVER bettors. Chris Paul scored 22 points leading the Hornets to a 106-100 victory over Phoenix at US Airways Center on Friday.

Los Angeles was a 112-104 winner in its last match at home against the Clippers. They failed to cover the 9.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score of 216 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Los Angeles was victimized by Kobe Bryant for 37 points as the Lakers defeated the Clippers 112-104 in NBA action on Friday.

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Portland are 3-7
After playing Phoenix are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing Dallas are 8-2
After playing LA Clippers are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

A few Hornets at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 9 of New Orleans's last 11 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
New Orleans is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
New Orleans is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing New Orleans
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
LA Lakers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing New Orleans

Next up:
New Orleans home to Portland, Wednesday, March 30
LA Lakers home to Dallas, Thursday, March 31