Los Angeles Lakers vs Charlotte Hornets NBA Odds and Predictions
The Los Angeles Lakers are set to play their 41st match of the 2020 NBA season against Charlotte Hornets on 18th March at the Staples Center.
The Los Angeles based club who were the champions in the 2019 season are chasing their 2nd title, looking to capitalize on the gained momentum. On the other hand, the Hornets are clearly in the hunt for a post season spot after a determined run in February and March.
Even though the Lakers are favored in the odds and predictions, the Hornets are no less warriors in putting up a strong fight.
Los Angeles Lakers have lost last three of their games while Hornets too are struggling. They are on 4 match losing streak. However, for Thursday’s game Lakers starts as favorites as per FiveThirtyEight. The latest Los Angeles Lakers vs Charlotte Hornets NBA Odds and Predictions updated on 18th March.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Charlotte Hornets NBA Odds and Predictions: Players to watch out
LeBron James who has played at the small forward position has tons of experience in NBA with an average of 25.5 points and 7.9 rebounds in this season so far. He pitched in with 25 points against Timberwolves.
Montrezl Harrell who is the Center has carried the side with close to 14.2 points while the point guard Dennis Schroder needs to do better than 14.5 points per game in this season.
Kyle Kuzma brings the power and versatility to the center with a free throw percentage of 64.4% and a field goal percentage of 44.9% in 38 games. Horton Tucker, who is another useful guard, pitched in with 16 points and 4 assists in 26 minutes.
Gordon Hayward who is the small forward in the side has averaged 21.1 points per game and has 5.4 rebounds in 34 games.
Terry Rozier who is the shooting guard has a good rating has a 3-pointer conversion of 45.1% so far. He made 26 points and 3 assists against Kings in his last outing.
Lamelo Ball who plays as the shooting guard and power forward has a field goal percentage of 44.9 and a free throw percentage of 80.4 in 38 games this season.
Bismack Biyombo who has played at the center position has tons of experience in NBA with an average of 5.4 points and 3.4 dribbles in his career.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Charlotte Hornets NBA Odds and Predictions: Recent form
The Los Angeles Lakers are back in the hunt after losing their way during a successful campaign. They were sitting in 2nd spot at the start of February and were closing on the top spot, thanks to a 6-match winning streak going for the defending champions.
But they lost games against the likes of Nets, Heat, Wizards and Jazz that put their spot in great jeopardy. But they seemed to have found back their groove with wins against Timberwolves, Warriors and Pacers in the last three games. This also enabled them to hold on to their 3rd spot in the Western conference.
Hornets had to wait until the 3rd game to taste their first victory against Brooklyn Nets. They were on a winning spree with that win against Mavericks, but losses against Grizzlies and 76ers meant that they had their work cut out to stay afloat.
They then went on a 4-match winning streak where they took down the challenges of Hawks, Pelicans and Knicks in January. As an icing on the cake, they are yet again part of a 4-match winning streak with triumphs against Kings Raptors and Pistons. They are back in contention after occupying the 5th place with 20 victories and 18 losses.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Charlotte Hornets NBA Odds and Predictions: Head-to-head
Regular season (59 games): Lakers – 36 wins, Hornets – 23 wins.
Previous meeting: Lakers won 120-101 on 27th 2019 in a regular season fixture.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Charlotte Hornets NBA Odds and Predictions: Predicted Winner
The Lakers who lacked the intensity and energy in the last few have regained their form with the Charlotte Hornets trying to stage a comeback in the Eastern conference.
According to predictions for this game, Lakers are expected to walk all over their opponents with 80% chance with the visiting team having a huge task in hand on Thursday night.
On the other hand, the outright predictions given by Oddschecker is still placing the Lakers as the to win the NBA championship whereas the Hornets have improbable odds of 279/1 as of now. The SMarkets have also gone down the same route claiming that the Lakers are growing in confidence going into the post season games.