Lakers, eyes second straight win vs Hornets

Lakers, eyes second straight win vs Hornets

The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to get their second consecutive win when they go against the Charlotte Hornets on this meeting. The Lakers are coming from a win against the Hawks on their last match. As for the Hornets, they are coming from a frustrating loss against the Nets as their opponent dominated them in a 130-121 loss. This meeting will be on January 3, 2022, at 8:00 AM (GMT+8), when the Hornets host this match. Both these teams aim to add more wins, which they badly needed, considering their current record.

The hosts are currently the second worst team in the Eastern Conference, currently at the 14th of the standings. This is after their 10-27 record this season, winning less than half of their 37 games. When it comes to their homes games, they already played 17 home games, where they only five of those 17 games. As for the visitors, they are no better than the hosts, being at the 13th of the Western Conference, with a 15-21 record. They had 16 games away from home, but from those games, they only won five from those 16 games.

Los Angeles Lakers

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers
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The Lakers are currently looking to win for the third time on their four games when they go against the Hornets in this match. They win against the Hawks on their last match, after losing their games against the Heat. A win in this match would give them their third win in four games. Lebron James went ballistic in that match, and unleashed the monsters inside him, scoring 47 points. However, on their past matches, it is very obvious that they need to plat better in defense, but it is because they are without their rim protector, Anthony Davis. When it comes to offense, they are the 7th, with 116 points per game. Moreover, in defense, they are the 27th, one of the worst teams, giving up 117.7 points per game.

Lebron James is the one leading the Lakers when it comes to scoring as he has 28.5 points per game. Along with this is 8.1 rebounds, and 6.6 assists, an impressive record for a player playing for 20 seasons already. Anthony Davis also helps the Lakers with 27.4 points per game. Lonnie Walker IV remains to be questionable for this match because of his back issue.

Charlotte Hornets

NBA: Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets are coming from a loss, which is why they want to bounce back from that loss when they go against the Lakers. A win in this match would give them their second win from their three games. However, this seems impossible as they are actually weak in both ends of the floor. Additionally, over the past nine matches these two teams played at the home turf of the Lakers, they failed to cover up from their losses. When it comes to offense, they are the 25th, having 111.3 points per game, and the 28th in defense, as they are giving up 118 points per game. This just proves that this team needs to improve both offensively and defensively.

LaMelo Ball is the one leading the Hornets with 23.7 points per game, followed by Kelly Oubre Jr., who is scoring 20.2 points per game. However, Oubre Jr., and Dennis Smith Jr. might not be available in this game, following their injuries.

Prediction:

Los Angeles Lakers
Total Under: 118.5
Odds: 0.92

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