The Los Angeles Lakers (33-21) will finish their East Coast road trip on Tuesday night against the Charlotte Hornets (27-25) at the Spectrum Center. Tip-off will be at 8 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Lakers-Hornets odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.
The Lakers remain without SF LeBron James and PF Anthony Davis, who are sidelined with injuries. They’ve alternated wins and losses in their last seven games, most recently losing to the Knicks by 15 points. L.A. is 5-5 in its last 10 games but is just 2-5 as an underdog.
The Hornets have stayed afloat without PG LaMelo Ball, winning six of their last 10 and two of their last three. SG Terry Rozier has stepped up by averaging 20.3 points per game this season, while PG Devonte’ Graham has averaged 14 points and 5.1 assists per game.
Lakers at Hornets: Odds, spread and lines
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- Money line: Lakers +110 (bet $100 to win $110) | Hornets -135 (bet $135 to win $100)
- Against the spread/ATS: Lakers +2 (-110) | Hornets -2 (-110)
- Over/Under: 207.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
Lakers at Hornets: Key injuries
- SF LeBron James (ankle) out
- PF Anthony Davis (calf) out
- SF Gordon Hayward (foot) out
- SG Malik Monk (ankle) out
- PG LaMelo Ball (wrist) out
- PF P.J. Washington (ankle) probable
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Lakers at Hornets: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Hornets 109, Lakers 104
Money line (ML)
The Lakers simply aren’t the same team without James and Davis, which is to be expected. The Hornets are short-handed, too, missing Ball and Hayward on Tuesday night again.
But I still like CHARLOTTE (-135) to win this one straight-up at home with the Lakers playing the second half of a back-to-back.
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Against the spread (ATS)
The Hornets have been surprisingly good ATS lately, going 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games.
Charlotte beat the Milwaukee Bucks by eight last week and covered against the Oklahoma City Thunder two nights prior, though their 30-point loss to the Boston Celtics was surprising.
Bet the HORNETS -2 (-110).
The line of 207.5 points is by far the lowest of any game on Tuesday night and is the lowest total for the Hornets all season.
Both teams are without two of their top players, which is the reason for that, but the Hornets can still put up points without Ball and Hayward.
Bet the OVER 207.5 (-110).
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