Pro Basketball Picks: New Orleans Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

New Orleans Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers
Tuesday, 1/29/13, 10:30 PM EST, TV:  NBATV
Opening Point Spread:  Los Angeles -6.5
Current Betting Line:  Los Angeles -8
Opening Total:  195.5
Current Total:  194.5
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The Los Angeles Lakers have won back-to-back games
The Los Angeles Lakers have won back-to-back games

New Orleans snapped a two-game losing streak in picking up a 91-83 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies as 7.5-point road underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the total for a second consecutive contest.  The Hornets were given a lift by Ryan Anderson’s 22 points off the bench in that affair, as he managed to knock down seven 3-point shots.  “He was huge for us,” stated Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez.  New Orleans is 6-2 ATS as a road underdog of 6.5 to 9 points this season, with the OVER going 5-3 in that situation.

The Hornets deserve a long look when looking over the pro basketball odds page, considering they’ve compiled a 21-15 ATS mark as underdogs this year.  New Orleans is 8-14 overall on the road, including a 3-10 mark versus Western Conference opponents.  It’s important to note that the franchise has dropped 36 of its last 37 games when allowing 100-plus points, which is likely going to happen at the Staples Center Tuesday night.

Los Angeles has won back-to-back games since dropping four in a row, including a 105-96 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder as three-point home underdogs, while going UNDER the total for the third time in four contests.  “We’ve found something that works,” commented Lakers backup center Pau Gasol.  “I think the way we are playing, we can be very successful.”  The Lakers are 14-10 overall at home this season, but are still just 4-10 in the month of January.  Los Angeles is 5-8 ATS off an upset win as an underdog the last two-plus seasons, something to consider when making your pro basketball picks.

The Lakers are 9-1 in their last 10 games against the Hornets, which includes wins in the last eight meetings.  Los Angeles is 15-4 all-time against New Orleans when playing at this particular venue during the regular season.  In 43 games (39 starts) versus tonight’s opponent, shooting guard Kobe Bryant has averaged 25.5 points per game, while he ranks third in the NBA in scoring at 28.7 during the 2012-13 campaign.

Sports bettors will likely back the Lakers due to their 4-1 ATS mark in their last five home games, while the Hornets are 5-8 ATS when revenging a home loss versus an opponent.

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