The Hornets have really picked things up on defense, and are a completely different team than the one we were used to seeing even a month ago. While this offense is still lethal, the pace has come down just a touch and the rim protection has been pretty great. With that, I think Charlotte should have what it takes to put a lid on this slumping Lakers offense, which has reverted back to slow-paced basketball and post play.
On the other side of the coin, you have to feel alright about this Lakers defense at the moment, particularly if Oubre misses the game. With Davis back, it will be difficult for Charlotte to get points inside, and while it has shot the ball incredibly well it stands to see a bit of regression due to variance and the various absences we ran through.
With that, I think the under is a good call here.
Pick: Under 228.5