Basketball Prediction




Match Details:
Los Angeles Lakers vs Charlotte Hornets
Venue: Arena, Los Angeles
Date: 24th December 2022
Time: 09:00 am IST


The Los Angeles Lakers play host to the Charlotte Hornets at Arena on Friday. The Hornets (8-24) had a rare win on Monday, but they showed their true colors on Wednesday. They went into Los Angeles and were handed a beatdown by the Los Angeles Clippers. They trailed by nearly 40 points in the first half, and performances like that have been far too common for this team. They come into this matchup losing nine of their last 10 games and now have the worst record in the NBA. A team with LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward should never that bad, and it has fans wondering what the next step will be. There will likely be some players on the move, and it’ll be interesting to see what this underperforming franchise does over the next few months. The Lakers (13-18) have been much better over recent weeks, posting an 11-8 record across their last 19 games. What’s scary is that the injury bug is starting to hit this team hard, with Anthony Davis out for the next month. Russell Westbrook has also missed the last two games as well, and LeBron James is in his 20th year. Those three have to play well every night for this club to be competitive, and many people don’t believe they can even make it through the whole year. That remains to be seen, but there’s not enough talent on this roster outside of those three to compete with the elite. That’s why LA is an interesting team to watch because they’ve been linked to many big-name players over the last year. These teams split their two meetings last season, with the home team winning both outings. With that said, the Lakers have won six of their last seven games in this series.

LeBron James is averaging 27.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.1 steals a game. He is the only player in NBA history who is averaging more than 20 points a game at the age of 38. LaMelo Ball is the main ball handler of Charlotte Hornets. In his last match, he scored 25 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists and 2 steals. I am backing Los Angeles Lakers to win this match. Watch out for Thomas Bryant to produce a spectacular performance.


Probable starting lineups for both teams :

Los Angeles Lakers:
Probable starting lineups:
PG Dennis Schroder
SG Patrick Beverley
SF Lonnie Walker
PF LeBron James (GTD)
C Thomnas Bryant

Best bench players:
PG Russell Westbrook (GTD)
SG Austin Reaves (GTD)

PG Russell Westbrook – Questionable
PF LeBron James – Probable
SG Austin Reaves – Questionable
C Anthony Davis – Out
PF Juan Toscano Anderson – Out

Charlotte Hornets:
Probable starting lineups:
PG LaMelo Ball
SG Terry Rozier (GTD)
SF Gordon Hayward
PF PJ Washington
C Mason Plumlee

Best bench players:
SF Kelly Oubre
C Jalen McDaniels
SF Nick Richards

SG Terry Rozier – Questionable
SG Dennis Smith – Questionable
SF Cody Martin – Out

Key players from both teams :

Los Angeles Lakers (LAL) Key Players

Lonnie Walker [PTs: 645, CR: 9]
Russell Westbrook [PTs: 971, CR: 14]
LeBron James [PTs: 1141, CR: 20.5]
Anthony Davis [PTs: 1355, CR: 23]

Charlotte Hornets (CHA) Key Players
Dennis Smith [PTs: 284, CR: 11]
Terry Rozier [PTs: 705, CR: 13.5]
Mason Plumlee [PTs: 838, CR: 11]
Kelly Oubre [PTs: 991, CR: 13.5]

LAL vs CHA Captain and Vice-Captain Choices
Terry Rozier [PTs: 705, CR: 13.5]
PJ Washington [PTs: 743, CR: 10.5]
Mason Plumlee [PTs: 838, CR: 11]
Russell Westbrook [PTs: 971, CR: 14]
LeBron James [PTs: 1141, CR: 20.5]
Anthony Davis [PTs: 1355, CR: 23]

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