Through 3 Quarters
After a tough loss on the road their last time out, the Los Angeles Lakers look much better today on their home court. They have emerged as the frontrunner after three quarters and are ahead of the Charlotte Hornets 94-87.
Power forward Anthony Davis (23 points) has been the top scorer for Los Angeles. Anthony Davis does need to be careful, however, as he is in foul trouble with four. Shooting guard Austin Reaves is also in foul trouble with four.
Charlotte has been relying on point guard LaMelo Ball, who has 16 points and eight assists along with nine rebounds, and shooting guard Terry Rozier, who has 21 points. Those points put Rozier near his season high of 23.
the Hornets have lost 83% of the time when they were down heading into the fourth quarter this year, so this one seems just about wrapped up
Charlotte @ Los Angeles
Current Records: Charlotte 5-6; Los Angeles 5-5
What to Know
The Charlotte Hornets haven’t won a game against the Los Angeles Lakers since Jan. 5 of 2018, but they’ll be looking to end the drought on Monday. The Hornets might have tired legs after a contest yesterday as they head on the road against Los Angeles at 10:30 p.m. ET Nov. 8 at Staples Center. The point spread is more or less neutral, so fans should expect a close matchup.
The contest between Charlotte and the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday was not a total blowout, but with Charlotte falling 120-106 on the road, it was darn close to turning into one. The top scorers for Charlotte were small forward Miles Bridges (21 points) and point guard LaMelo Ball (21 points). Miles Bridges’ performance made up for a slower matchup against the Sacramento Kings this past Friday.
Meanwhile, the Lakers ended up a good deal behind the Portland Trail Blazers when they played this past Saturday, losing 105-90. Los Angeles was down 93-62 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 point guard Russell Westbrook, who did not have his best game: he played for 29 minutes but put up just eight points on 1-for-13 shooting and six turnovers.
With both teams hitting sour notes in their previous games, they will no doubt be looking to produce a better outcome in this one. Allowing an average of 117.64 points per game, Charlotte hasn’t exactly asserted themselves on the defensive end. We’ll see if they can patch up the holes in their defense before their upcoming matchup.
How To Watch
- When: Monday at 10:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Staples Center — Los Angeles, California
- TV: NBATV
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $36.00
The Lakers are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Hornets, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 2.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
Los Angeles have won six out of their last 11 games against Charlotte.
- 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 Los Angeles
- LeBron James: Out (Abdomen)
- Kendrick Nunn: Out (Knee)
- Talen Horton-Tucker: Out (Thumb)
- Trevor Ariza: Out (Ankle)
Injury Report for Charlotte
- P.J. Washington: Out (Elbow)