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LAKERS: (-6, O/U 184) Los Angeles played their best game of the playoffs in Game 5, thanks to 1 play from G Kobe Bryant. Bryant turned his teams fortunes around with an emphatic slam dunk, changing the attitude of the entire Staples Center. The Lakers focused on getting the ball inside to take advantage of their huge height advantage. Los Angeles is now up 3-2 in their first round series with the Hornets, with a chance of advancing to the 2nd round with a SU win tonight. The Lakers are just 2-3 ATS against the Hornets, after dominating them in the regular season. Los Angeles has been a 3, 5, 5, and 6 point road favorite against the Hornets this season. The Lakers are 28-15 SU and 24-19 ATS in road games this year. Los Angeles is 10-8 ATS as a road favorite between 3.5 and 6 points this season. Bryant is averaging team highs of 22.2 PPG and 4.2 APG during the playoffs. C Andrew Bynum is averaging 14.6 PPG and a team high 10 RPG against the Hornets in the postseason. The Lakers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games against the Southwest Division. Los Angeles is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games. The Lakers are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 Thursday games.
Projected Score: 91
Lakers are 12-5 ATS last 17 road games against a team with a winning home record.
Under is 6-2 last 8 games as a road favorite.
HORNETS: New Orleans is finally facing elimination, 2 games later than most people suspected. The Hornets have been a game opponent for the Lakers, as they've been in each game played so far. New Orleans has been led by G Chris Paul, as he's forced his way back into the conversation of best PG in the NBA. Paul is averaging team highs of 24.4 PPG and 11.6 APG against the Lakers in the playoffs. F Trevor Ariza has played well against his former team, as he's averaging 16.2 PPG and a team high 6.8 RPG in the postseason. New Orleans is 29-14 SU and 21-21 ATS in home games this year. The Hornets are 24-17 ATS as the listed underdog this season, including 3-2 ATS as a home underdog between 3.5 and 6 points. The Hornets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. New Orleans is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss. The Hornets are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points. The Hornets are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games against the Pacific Division. New Orleans is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 playoff games as the listed underdog. The Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Projected Score: 92 (SIDE of the Day)
Hornets are 4-1 ATS last 5 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Over is 8-3 last 11 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points.