Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Lakers vs Charlotte Hornets 12/23/22

Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Lakers vs Charlotte Hornets 12/23/22
Fri 23rd December 2022

The Charlotte Hornets (8-24, 4-13 Away) are on the road to face the Los Angeles Lakers (13-18, 8-7 Home) Friday at Arena. Charlotte was outplayed by the Los Angeles Clippers 126-105 at Arena on Wednesday.

With 25 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds, LaMelo Ball had a standout performance in the losing effort. The Hornets are 14th in the Eastern Conference. Los Angeles lost on Wednesday at Golden 1 Center, falling to the Sacramento Kings 134-120.

LeBron James had 31 points and 11 assists in defeat, carrying the team. The Lakers are 13th in the Western Conference. The teams are meeting for the first time this season. Charlotte and Los Angeles split their matchups last season, each team winning one. The Hornets earned the win in the last meeting 117-114 at Spectrum Center on January 28.

Russell Westbrook topped all players in scoring with 35 points in the loss. Miles Bridges had 26 points, eight rebounds, and six assists for the Hornets. Kelly Oubre Jr. is averaging 20.8 points per game to lead the Hornets in scoring this season.

Meanwhile, Mason Plumlee is contributing 9.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Anthony Davis (27.4 ppg) and James (27.1) have been the primary providers of the Lakers’ offense. Davis also has pulled down 12.1 rebounds per game, third-most in the NBA. Westbrook has recorded 7.6 assists per game.

The Hornets are 4-6 in their last 10 trips to Arena. Charlotte is 1-9 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -9.9 (112.9-122.8). Los Angeles has gone 4-6 over the last 10, allowing 122.2 points per game on average while scoring only 117.8 (-4.4 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Terry Rozier: 19.0 | 30.9 | -11.9
Points per game:
Terry Rozier: 12.3 | 20.9 | -8.5


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Thomas Bryant: 22.8 | 16.5 | +6.3
Rebounds per game:
Russell Westbrook: 11.3 | 6.2 | +5.2
Anthony Davis: 8.0 | 12.1 | -4.1

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

LA Lakers (-155)

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