Los Angeles Lakers vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction, 1/2/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Monday, January 2, 2023
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
TV: Bally Sports Southeast-Charlotte
The Charlotte Hornets host the Los Angeles Lakers at Spectrum Center on Monday.
The Lakers took the court against the Heat and took a loss by a final of 112-98 in their last contest. When discussing fouls, the Lakers walked away with 16 while the Heat finished the game with 15 fouls. They made 11 of their 35 shots from beyond the arc. Miami went 81.3% from the charity stripe by making 13 of their 16 attempts. Additionally, Miami totaled 37 rebounds (10 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Miami recorded 20 dimes and had 14 steals for the matchup. In relation to defense, Los Angeles allowed the other team to go 47.8% from the floor on 44 out of 92 shooting. They also dished out 25 assists in the matchup in addition to creating 5 turnovers and having 2 steals. Concerning getting rebounds, they earned 44 with 8 of them being offensive. From the free throw line, the Lakers made 11 of their 15 attempts for a percentage of 73.3%. Los Angeles ended the contest with a 48.1% FG percentage (37 of 77) and made 13 of 36 three-point attempts.
LeBron James is a player who played a role for this game. James shot 55.6% from the floor and dished out 6 dimes. He played for 34 minutes and collected 9 boards. He racked up 27 points on 10 of 18 shooting.
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Los Angeles enters this one with a mark of 14-21 so far this year. They turn the ball over 14.7 times per game and as a squad they are committing 18.5 fouls per contest. As a team, Los Angeles is snagging 44.6 rebounds per game and has accounted for 865 dimes this season, which is 13th in basketball in terms of passing. The Lakers are hitting 33.9% on three-point attempts (365 of 1,078) and 79.7% from the charity stripe. They average 115.6 points per game (8th in the NBA) while hitting 48.0% from the floor.
When they are on the defensive end, the Lakers have forced 12.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.1 personal fouls. They are conceding 35.0% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 27th in the league in opponents points per game (117.6). The Lakers are giving up a shooting percentage of 47.3% (1,552 of 3,284) and they concede 45.5 boards per contest as a group. They are ranked 26th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 914 conceded on the season.
The last time they took the court, the Hornets got the victory with a final of 121-113 when they faced the Thunder. Regarding how they attacked the glass, Charlotte permitted Oklahoma City to snag 41 in total (11 on the offensive side). They went 30.6% from beyond the arc by going 11 out of 36 and ended up shooting 18 of 21 from the free throw line (85.7%). The Hornets permitted the Thunder to make 42 out of their 99 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 42.4% in this contest. Overall, the Hornets went 46 out of 84 from the field which had them shooting 54.8%. In reference to shots from beyond the perimeter, Charlotte converted 10 of 32 attempts (31.3%). They were able to make 19 of those for a percentage of 65.5%. The Thunder committed 27 fouls in this matchup which took the Hornets to the free throw line for a total of 29 tries. They turned the ball over 17 times, while getting 8 steals for the contest. The Hornets recorded 40 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards totaling 52 for this game.
LaMelo Ball was important for the Hornets for the matchup. He buried 9 of 15 in the game for a field goal percentage of 60.0%, and had 10 rebounds. Ball earned 27 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 9 dimes for the game.
Charlotte has a record of 9-26 this year. The Hornets are responsible for committing 21.5 personal fouls every game and they shoot 74.6% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 24.7 times per game (15th in the NBA) and they lose possession via turnover 14.1 times per game. Charlotte has 3,891 pts for the year (111.2 per game) and they pull in 45.6 rebounds per contest. As an offensive team, the Hornets are connecting on 44.4% from the field, which ranks them 30th in the league.
The Hornets on defense are ranked 28th in basketball in PPG given up with 118.0. They have forced 15.5 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 48.0% from the floor (24th in the league). The Charlotte defense allows 36.0% from downtown (443 of 1,232) and their opposition knocks down 78.4% of their foul shots. They relinquish 26.6 dimes and 46.3 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 29th and 29th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Charlotte
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