Lakers vs Hornets: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – March 18, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on March 18, 2021 - Last Updated on March 29, 2021

The Los Angeles Lakers (27-13) are 8-point favorites as they try to build on a three-game winning streak when they host the Charlotte Hornets (20-19) on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Staples Center. The contest airs at 10:30 PM ET on NBA TV. The over/under is 227.5 in the matchup.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of March 18, 2021, 1:05 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Lakers vs Hornets Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of March 18

Marc Gasol: Day To Day (Health and Safety Protocols),
Anthony Davis: Out (Achilles),
Markieff Morris: Day To Day (Knee),
Jared Dudley: Out (Knee),
Alex Caruso: Out (Concussion),
LeBron James: Day To Day (Ankle),
Kostas Antetokounmpo: Day To Day (Health and Safety Protocols)

Hornets: None

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Hornets (+8)
Total Pick Under (227.5)
Prediction Lakers 115, Hornets 107

The model and DraftKings both have the Lakers taking home the win, but the model has them winning by slightly less (7.4 points). Lean towards taking the Hornets.

In this matchup, the model projects a total (222.0 points) a little lower than the DraftKings over/under (227.5 points).

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Lakers Key Players

LeBron James 39 25.5 8.0 8.0 1.1 0.6 2.4
Anthony Davis 23 22.5 8.4 3.0 1.4 1.8 0.7
Dennis Schroder 36 14.6 3.4 4.6 1.0 0.2 1.0
Montrezl Harrell 40 14.5 6.3 1.2 0.7 0.8 0.0
Kyle Kuzma 39 12.1 6.8 1.2 0.4 0.6 1.9

Hornets Key Players

Gordon Hayward 35 20.7 5.3 4.0 1.4 0.4 2.0
Terry Rozier 37 20.5 3.8 3.2 1.4 0.3 3.4
LaMelo Ball 39 15.8 5.9 6.2 1.6 0.4 2.0
Devonte’ Graham 29 13.2 2.8 5.4 0.9 0.0 2.8
Malik Monk 26 13.2 2.8 1.9 0.4 0.1 2.2

Shooting Trends

  • The Lakers make 48.6% of their shots from the field this season, which is 1.3 percentage points higher than the Hornets have allowed to their opponents (47.3%).
  • Los Angeles is 13-8 against the spread and 15-6 overall when it shoots better than 47.3% from the field.
  • Charlotte’s record is 15-6 against the spread and 15-7 overall when its opponents make more than 48.6% of their shots from the field.
  • The Hornets have shot at a 46.3% clip from the field this season, 0.9 percentage points greater than the 45.4% shooting opponents of the Lakers have averaged.
  • This season, Charlotte has a 16-8 record against the spread and a 15-9 record overall in games the team collectively shoots over 45.4% from the field.
  • This season, Los Angeles has a 13-6 record against the spread and a 16-3 straight up record when it allows opponents to shoot over 46.3% from the field.
  • The Lakers are knocking down 35.5% of their three-point shots this season, 1.6% lower than the 37.1% the Hornets allow opponents to shoot from deep.
  • Los Angeles has collected an 11-4 record against the spread and a 13-2 straight-up record in games this season when the team connects on more than 37.1% of its three-point shots.
  • Charlotte has put up a 10-6 against the spread while going 12-5 overall in games this season when its opponents shoot better than 35.5% from deep.
  • The Hornets’ three-point shooting percentage this season (38.4%) is just 3.1 percentage points higher than opponents of the Lakers are averaging (35.3%).
  • Charlotte has an 18-8 ATS record and is 17-10 straight-up when the team makes more than 35.3% of its three-point attempts.
  • Los Angeles is 15-11 ATS and 20-6 overall in games it shoots above 38.4% from deep.
  • The Lakers connect on 10.8 three-pointers per game this season, 3.1 fewer makes per game than the Hornets give up (13.9).
  • When Charlotte makes more threes than its opponents, it is 13-6 against the spread and 14-6 overall. When Los Angeles is out-shot from deep by its opponents, it is 8-13 ATS and 11-10 straight up.
  • The Hornets are the seventh-best three-point shooting team in the NBA, while the Lakers allow the fourth-fewest makes from deep.

Lakers vs Hornets Stat Rankings

Lakers Rank Lakers AVG Hornets AVG Hornets Rank
18th 112.3 Points Scored 112.6 15th
2nd 106.3 Points Allowed 113.1 21st
7th 45.3 Rebounds 44 16th
17th 9.7 Off. Rebounds 10.6 8th
27th 10.8 3pt Made 13.9 7th
15th 25 Assists 27.2 3rd
25th 14.6 Turnovers 14.9 29th

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