Free NBA Picks Favor Hornets to Cover vs. Lakers

Joe Catalano

Sunday, November 9, 2014 4:39 PM GMT

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 4:39 PM GMT

Things are starting to get very ugly in Los Angeles as the Lakers (0-5) have yet to win a game this season. Tonight, they're a 3 point underdog at home, but have a chance at picking up their 1st win of the season as they face a Charlotte Hornets (3-3) team that's played really poor in the past. See who we like as our betting pick.

Tip-off is scheduled tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. You'll have the choice of watching the losing Lakers or Sunday Night Football. All joking aside, just channel surf as it's best to have multiple bets on multiple sports.

NBA odds list the Hornets as a 3 point betting favorite and the total for the game is 205. 

 

Big Game For Lance Stephenson
To add more pressure to the Lakers, the Hornets are coming off of a thrilling 122-119 victory over the Atlanta Hawks as Lance Stephenson's 3-pointer was the deciding factor with 2.7 seconds left in the game. From watching Stephenson's reaction, you would've thought that the Hornets won the NBA Title, but Stephenson's transition from the Pacers to the Hornets has been a rough one.

Stephenson has not been able to get on track offensively, but is a multi-talented player. On the season, he's averaging 8.3 points, 5.3 assists, and a hefty 10.5 rebounds per game. Look for Lance, who is coming off of a 17 point, 13 rebound, and 4 assist effort, to feel full of confidence and have a huge game against a Lakers defense that ranks 30th in the NBA.

 

Defense Rules
Not only have the Lakers been losing due to a lack of talent and injuries to players like Steve Nash, but they're allowing and NBA high 116 points per game. With a defense like that, L.A. will be lucky to win 20 games this season.

 

Feeling the Pressure
Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in NBA history but is known as being a selfish player at times. The problem is Bryant is getting older and is coming off of an injury last season. Los Angeles isn't going to win many games when Kobe is hoisting up 37 shots against the Phoenix Suns and only converting 14 of them. On the season, Bryant is averaging just 40% from the field and is averaging 27 shots per ball game. Kobe must get other players involved for the Lakers to stand a chance in this game.

 

King of the Hill
One player that the Lakers can feel really secure about is Jordan Hill. When he gets the playing time, he delivers. Hill is coming off of a 15 point, 15 rebound effort against the Phoenix Suns and is averaging 14.8 points, 9.2 rebounds,and 1.6 blocks on the season. No disrespect to Bryant or Carlos Boozer, but Jordan Hill is the best player on the Los Angeles Lakers. It's a sad state of affairs in a big city such as Los Angeles that is used to winning.

 

Al Jefferson
Big Al is a key player on the Hornets team and this game is an open invitation to put up 30 points and 10 rebounds. Jefferson has gotten progressively better since his time with the Celtics and Jazz; he's one of the top big men in NBA and Los Angeles has no answer for him. 

Jefferson has been playing really well as of late. He's averaging 31 points and 9.5 rebound per game in his last 2 contests. This is a player that puts up 25 shots per game and can be expected to convert on 15 of them. WIth a 1-2 punch of Jefferson and Kemba Walker, the Hornets should have a field day against a team with no known defense to speak of.

 

Outcome
As long as Kobe Bryant keeps putting up 37 shots per game and the Los Angeles defense isn't playing defense, the Lakers can keep expecting to lose. Look for an easy win by the Hornets to put them over the .500 mark for your NBA picks.

NBA Picks: Charlotte -3 at 5Dimes

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