NBA Picks: Hornets vs. Lakers Odds Analysis

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 11:44 AM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2013 11:44 AM GMT

The Los Angeles Lakers are fighting for their playoff lives with five games remaining in the season, which should supply the New Orleans Hornets plenty of motivation to try and play spoiler Tuesday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting odds for this Western Conference matchup, with the opening tip scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET at the Staples Center.

Take a look at our predictions for the First Round Playoff Matchups.

Life on the road

New Orleans has dropped two of three to open up its five-game road trip, but it did come away with a 95-92 victory over the Phoenix Suns as 2.5-point favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the total for a third consecutive contest.

The Hornets are 11-27 straight up (SU) and 20-17-1 against the spread (ATS) on the road during the 2012-13 NBA season, while the OVER is 21-17 in that situation.

Second tier in Southern California

The Los Angeles Lakers had no answers for the Los Angeles Clippers this season, as they failed to earn a win in the series for the first time since 1981, which included a 109-95 setback as 4.5-point road underdogs Sunday.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the Lakers are 19-13 SU and 13-18-1 ATS in the month of April.

Little success in this series

NBA handicappers will have a hard time backing the Hornets when looking over the SBR Odds page, considering they’ve lost 10 straight games against the Lakers, but they’ve managed to cover the number in four of their last five trips to Southern California.

New Orleans was unable to hold onto a 25-point lead in the last meeting on March 6, as it suffered a 108-102 defeat as two-point home underdogs, while going OVER the posted total of 204.

Outside looking in

There’s no doubt that the biggest factor when handicapping this game is the fact that the Lakers are currently 9th in the Western Conference standings—sitting just a half-game behind the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final spot for the upcoming NBA playoffs.

Shooting guard Kobe Bryant has played 47-plus minutes in three of his last four games, which could continue his downward trend in perimeter shooting, considering he’s knocked down just 17.9 percent of his shots from beyond the arc over the last nine contests.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Hornets as one of their NBA picks Tuesday night, as they’ve demonstrated some fight in winning five of their last 10 games, while the Lakers are 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 games versus teams with a wining percentage below .400.

NBA Pick:  New Orleans Hornets +9 at BetOnline

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