The Charlotte Hornets (27-22) host the Los Angeles Lakers (24-25) in a primetime matchup on Friday night. The Hornets halted their two-game losing streak on Wednesday with a dominating victory as Charlotte cooked the Indiana Pacers 158-126. Forward LeBron James missed the Lakers last game due to a sore knee, and the Lakers couldn't overcome his loss as they were blown out 105-87 by the Philadelphia 76ers. James (knee), Anthony Davis (wrist) and Russell Westbrook (knee) are listed as questionable for Friday, while Gordon Hayward (protocols) of Charlotte is out.
Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET from Spectrum Center. Charlotte is favored by eight points in the latest Lakers vs. Hornets odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is 227.5. Before making any Hornets vs. Lakers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Lakers vs. Hornets spread: Charlotte -8
- Lakers vs. Hornets over-under: 227.5 points
- Lakers vs. Hornets money line: Charlotte -340, Los Angeles +270
- CHA: Hornets are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games
- LAL: Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last five Friday games
Why the Hornets can cover
The Hornets' young stars have been outstanding this year. Forward Miles Bridges is leading the team in scoring (20.1) with 7.3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game. The Michigan State product has played terrific basketball in the new year, shooting 54 percent from the field and 36 percent from downtown. Bridges has scored at least 20 points in eight of his last 10 outings, and in the win over the Pacers, he logged 22 points with four boards.
Guard LaMelo Ball is another young stud for Charlotte and he taps into many different aspects of the game, averaging 19.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 1.5 steals. The 2020 third-overall pick has tallied four triple-doubles so far, with two being logged in his last five games. Ball lit up the Pacers, finishing with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists. Guard Terry Rozier can also carry the offensive load if needed as he is averaging 18.4 points and has scored over 20 points in six of his last 10 games.
Why the Lakers can cover
Power forward Davis returned to starting lineup in the Jan. 25 win over the Brooklyn Nets. If he suits up, the Kentucky product gives Los Angeles a boost on both ends of the floor. Davis is one the best defensive bigs in the NBA and his offensive skillset is top-notch as he is averaging 23 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. The eight-time All-Star selection looked fresh in LA's last game as he had 31 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.
Carmelo Anthony has been one of the Lakers' best 3P shooters after being criticized for that part of his game for much of his career. Anthony leads the team with 106 made three-pointers while knocking down 38.8 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. The Lakers also have been very active defensively this year, ranking among the top eight in both steals per game (8.2) and blocks per game (5.7).
How to make Hornets vs. Lakers picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting 221 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
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