NBA Friday: Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers

In the National Basketball Association – the Charlotte Hornets will visit the Staples Center on Friday to take on the Los Angeles Lakers. The visiting Charlotte Hornets have gone 14-23 on the season, and are 12th in the Eastern Conference. The Hornets are 4.5 games behind the Pacers for the final postseason spot in the East. The Hornets are 4-13 on the road this season.

For the Los Angeles Lakers, they have fallen on hard times, with their 11-26 record. The Lakers have dropped 8 straight games and 9 out of their last 10. The Lakers have a better record than the Atlanta Hawks, and that’s it in the NBA. Los Angeles has gone 6-13 at home this season. The Charlotte Hornets are -2 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been playing without the services of their point guard Lonzo Ball. Ball is not quite 100%, but is questionable to play in this game. Part of the Lakers problem during the nasty stretch has been defense. The Lakers have allowed 109 or more points in 8 out of their 9 losses. The Lakers allowed 148 at the Rockets and 133 at home to the Thunder.

On the season, Los Angeles is allowing more than 111 points per game. That is the second worst in the league. The top scorer this season so far for the Lakers has been rookie Kyle Kuzma. Kuzma is scoring 17.5 points per game and grabbing 6.4 rebounds. Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson are next in scoring for the Lakers, combining for 30.2 points per game.

Hornets Looking to Climb Back to .500

The Charlotte Hornets are looking to get back to .500 on the season. The Hornets have a long way to go, but their recent win over the Kings was a great start. Charlotte scored a season high 131 points in the win. In fact, in the last three wins for Charlotte, they have scored 117.6 points per game.

Kemba Walker is the top scorer for the Hornets. The point guard is scoring 21.4 points per game, and dishing out nearly 6 assists per game. Dwight Howard is second on the team with 15 points and 12 rebounds per game. The Hornets are in third place in the Southeast Division. Charlotte sits ahead of both the Orlando Magic and the Atlanta Hawks.

Hornets Win on the Road

The Los Angeles Lakers seem like a defeated team right now. It may be time to start looking at Luke Walton as an issue as the head coach of the Lakers. The Lakers gave up in the loss to the Thunder. It’s hard to imagine they are going to get back on track for this game. The Hornets are going to win their second straight road game. The final bet for this game on Friday is the Charlotte Hornets -2 over the Los Angeles Lakers.

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