Through 1 Quarter
The Charlotte Hornets were expected to win this one, and so far that’s exactly how it’s playing out. They are way out in front after one quarter with a 31-21 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Charlotte has enjoyed the tag-team combination of power forward Miles Bridges and shooting guard Terry Rozier. The former has eight points and two assists in addition to four rebounds, while the latter has 11 points along with three boards. Los Angeles hasn’t had any offensive standouts so far with all players held to six points or fewer.
Los Angeles @ Charlotte
Current Records: Los Angeles 24-25; Charlotte 27-22
What to Know
The Charlotte Hornets haven’t won a matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers since Jan. 5 of 2018, but they’ll be looking to end the drought Friday. The Hornets will take on Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m. ET at home. If the contest is anything like the Lakers’ 126-123 victory from their previous meeting in November of last year, the scorekeeper will be kept real busy.
Charlotte’s game against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday was close at halftime, but Charlotte turned on the heat in the second half with 87 points. Charlotte put a hurting on Indiana on the road to the tune of 158-126. The oddsmakers were on Charlotte’s side, but they didn’t give the team enough credit as the margin was unexpectedly wide. Shooting guard Kelly Oubre Jr. had a stellar game for the Hornets as he shot 10-for-15 from beyond the arc and finished with 39 points and five boards.
Meanwhile, the Lakers ended up a good deal behind the Philadelphia 76ers when they played on Thursday, losing 105-87. Los Angeles was down 88-68 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. One thing holding Los Angeles back was the mediocre play of power forward Carmelo Anthony, who did not have his best game: he finished with only nine points on 4-for-11 shooting in his 25 minutes on the court.
Charlotte’s win brought them up to 27-22 while Los Angeles’ defeat pulled them down to 24-25. A couple stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Hornets rank first in the league when it comes to points per game, with 114.9 on average. Less enviably, Los Angeles is fifth worst in the league in points allowed per game, with 112.2 on average. They might struggle to break 100.
How To Watch
- When: Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Spectrum Center — Charlotte, North Carolina
- TV: ESPN
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $118.94
The Hornets are a big 9.5-point favorite against the Lakers, according to the latest NBA odds.
The line on this game has moved quite a bit since it opened, as it started out with the Hornets as a 6.5-point favorite.
Los Angeles have won seven out of their last 12 games against Charlotte.
- Nov 08, 2021 – Los Angeles 126 vs. Charlotte 123
- Apr 13, 2021 – Los Angeles 101 vs. Charlotte 93
- Mar 18, 2021 – Los Angeles 116 vs. Charlotte 105
- Oct 27, 2019 – Los Angeles 120 vs. Charlotte 101
- Mar 29, 2019 – Los Angeles 129 vs. Charlotte 115
- Dec 15, 2018 – Los Angeles 128 vs. Charlotte 100
- Jan 05, 2018 – Charlotte 108 vs. Los Angeles 94
- Dec 09, 2017 – Los Angeles 110 vs. Charlotte 99
- Feb 28, 2017 – Charlotte 109 vs. Los Angeles 104
- Dec 20, 2016 – Charlotte 117 vs. Los Angeles 113
- Jan 31, 2016 – Charlotte 101 vs. Los Angeles 82
- Dec 28, 2015 – Charlotte 108 vs. Los Angeles 98
Injury Report for Charlotte
- Kelly Oubre Jr.: Out (Ankle)
- Jalen McDaniels: Out (Ankle)
- Gordon Hayward: Out (Covid-19)
Injury Report for Los Angeles
- Sekou Doumbouya: Game-Time Decision (Covid-19)
- LeBron James: Out (Knee)
- Anthony Davis: Out (Wrist)
- Malik Monk: Out (Groin)
- Kendrick Nunn: Out (Knee)