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Pick against the spread, best player prop for Hornets vs. Lakers on Thursday

We go over some of the best betting options for Thursday’s matchup between the Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Los Angeles Lakers (27-13) will look to secure their fourth-straight win tonight as they host LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets (20-19), who just recently came off a four-game winning streak of their own. The Hornets’ streak came to an end last night when they lost by a cool 25 points to the Nuggets, 129-104. On the other side, the Lakers are coming off a dominating performance against the Timberwolves as they cruised to a 137-121 win, with both LeBron James and Montrezl Harrell putting up 25 points apiece.

Hornets vs. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV

Pick ATS: Lakers -8

In their last seven games, the Lakers have failed to cover the spread only once, and that came in their 114-104 loss to the Suns back on March 2. James has been averaging a team-leading 25.5 points this season, with Anthony Davis second in line with 22.5. Unfortunately for the Lakers, Davis has been out since mid-February with a calf strain and still won’t be on the court tonight. They’ll also be without Kostas Antetokounmpo (health/safety protocols), Alex Caruso (concussion), Jared Dudley (MCL tear), and Marc Gasol (health/safety protocols). LeBron James is listed as probable due to that left ankle that’s been pestering him for a while, but that shouldn’t keep him off the court. James has had plenty of help from other players lately, including Montrezl Harrell whose season average is 14.5 PPG, but has improved to an impressive 20.2 PPG through five games in March. He dropped at least 25 points in three of those five games, helping lift the Lakers to some big wins.

Player Prop: N/A — player props not available yet.

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