The Los Angeles Lakers conclude their two game road set tonight with a meeting against the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena. Start time in this evening’s showdown between the Lakers and Hornets is set for 8:00pm ET; the game can be seen live on Fox Sports New Orleans. Today’s NBA Odds have Los Angeles listed as a -1.5 against the spread road favorite and the Over/Under set at 202 points. The Hornets are drawing +105 moneyline odds ($100 wins $105) to win their 22nd game of the season.

The Lakers have worked their way back into the Western Conference playoff picture, but they showed last night they are still not equal footing with the league’s best teams.

Los Angeles rolled into yesterday’s meeting with Oklahoma State on a 5-1 run, but its recent momentum did little to help them against the Thunder. OKC smashed L.A. 122-105 as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 63 points. Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash did their best to keep the Lakers in the game, scoring 30 and 20 points respectively, but their efforts were not matched by the rest of the team.

Los Angeles will have little time to dwell on last night’s destruction with the Hornets on tap this evening. New Orleans would seemingly serve as a nice rebound for the relatively hot Lakers with its 11-19 home record; however, the Hornets should have plenty of motivation tonight.

New Orleans, which concludes a three game home stand this evening, is coming off a loss to the lowly Magic. Orlando topped the Hornets 105-102 on Monday as not a single New Orleans player posted more than 17 points.

With that loss still, no doubt, stinging and a big name team like the Lakers in town, the Hornets figure to bring their ‘A’ game, if they have one, to the New Orleans Arena.

Notable Trends: The Hornets are 4-1 both straight up and against the spread in their last five games as a home dog against a Pacific opponent with a spread between 0 and 3.5 points. The Lakers are 1-5 against the spread (2-4 straight up) in their last six games as a road favorite against a Southwest opponent with a total between 200 and 205 points.

Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Hornets NBA Odds:

Los Angeles Lakers -1.5 (-110), Over 202 (-110), -125 (Moneyline)

New Orleans Hornets +1.5 (-110), Under 202 (-110), +105 (Moneyline)

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