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Hornets take on Lakers in hoops contest

New Orleans HornetsLos Angeles Lakers
March 31, 3:30 PM | STAPLES Center

New Orleans Hornets vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

13-38TEAM RECORD31-20

The Hornets will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Lakers in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on Saturday in NBA action.

The Lakers are 31-20 so far on the season, and 21-30 ATS vs. the number. The Hornets, meanwhile, are 13-38 and 25-26 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Los Angeles go 28-23 and the Hornets go 24-25-2 on the totals.

View New Orleans vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 5-rated Lakers and the No. 24-rated Hornets in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 95-89 win for the Lakers on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 96 PPG, against a Hornets defense that ranks No. 10 at 93.8 PPG. The Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 45.5% so far, more than the Hornets shooters have achieved on the year, 44.8% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Hornets own the league's No. 9-rated mark, allowing 95.1 points per game when on the road. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 16 in home scoring.

Last time out for New Orleans, they were a 99-93 loser as they battled the Trail Blazers on the road. The Hornets covered in the match as a 9-point underdog, while 192 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. New Orleans got 27 points from Marco Belinelli en route to a 99-93 loss against Portland on Thursday at Rose Garden.

The Lakers were a 102-93 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Thunder. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites, while the total score (195) made winners of UNDER bettors. Andrew Bynum scored 25 points and added 13 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 102-93 against Oklahoma City in NBA action at STAPLES Center.

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Phoenix are 6-4
After playing Portland are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Golden State are 6-4
After playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

A few Hornets at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 11 of New Orleans's last 15 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 9 of New Orleans's last 13 games when playing LA Lakers
New Orleans is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games on the road
New Orleans is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games
LA Lakers are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing at home against New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the LA Lakers last 7 games
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing New Orleans
LA Lakers are 20-4 SU in their last 24 games at home

Next up:
New Orleans at Phoenix, Sunday, April 1
LA Lakers home to Golden State, Sunday, April 1