Los Angeles Lakers vs. Charlotte Hornets Prediction, NBA Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Jan 28, 2022

Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Lakers, 2022

The Lakers have been red hot in Charlotte as of late. They 8-0 against the spread in their last 8 games in the Queen City.

L.A. Lakers
January 28, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
Spectrum Center
Pointspread +10 -110
Moneyline +350
Over / Under o +225.5


Betting Action


Pointspread -10 -110
Moneyline -432
Over / Under u +225.5


Betting Action


A back-to-back won’t do Lebron James’ sore knee any favours, and it’s the position his Los Angeles Lakers are in when the visit Charlotte on Friday. LeBron missed L.A.’s loss at Philadelphia last night, and so for the first Lakers game since December 17 it was not James leading the club in scoring.

The Hornets are coming off the NBA’s highest point total this season, scoring 158 points in a 32-point regulation win at Indiana. The 158 points were a Hornets franchise record for a game too, and quite a way to snap a two-game losing streak. Now, Charlotte faces off against the 26th-ranked defence in L.A.

Tip-off at Spectrum Center is 7:30 p.m. EST. The Hornets are 6.5-point favourites on the NBA odds.

Lakers vs. Hornets NBA Betting Odds

The status of James, who is day-to-day with knee soreness, is what’s made Charlotte sizable favourites. Now the ninth-place Lakers aren’t exactly a team to ride, especially with their 24-25 record compared to Charlotte at 27-22, but history indicates L.A.’s a smart play.

The Lakers have not only beaten Charlotte in all of their last six meetings, but they have covered in each win too. In fact, Los Angeles is 8-0 against the spread in their last eight visits to Charlotte. That said, the Hornets are 15-5 against the spread at home this season, and L.A.’s won just nine of their 22 road games on the year.

Los Angeles Lakers

Without James on Thursday, it allowed Anthony Davis to get back to form in his second game back from a knee injury. Davis finished with a game-high 31 points and 12 rebounds on 14 of 21 shooting although the Lakers fell to Philadelphia 105-87. Russell Westbrook added 20 points while going nine of 15 from the field.

James has scored at least 25 points in 18 straight games, so his absence shows up in a bad way. L.A. shot 40 per cent from the field on Thursday without him, converting on six of 29 attempts for three. And the Lakers can’t afford to struggle on O — they give up over 112 points a night.

Charlotte Hornets

Kelly Oubre Jr. led the Hornets’ offensive explosion against the Pacers, scoring a game-high 39 while coming off the bench. Oubre connected on 10 of 15 attempts from beyond the arc; it was the second time this month he’s made at least nine threes in a game, but also only the second time reaching 20 points in a game in January. LaMelo Ball put up his fourth triple double of the season with 29 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in the win.

A 7-3 run has now put Charlotte into seventh place in the East, but also 4.5 games out of first place.

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