Basketball betting excitement is high in LA as the Lakers try and send legendary Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson out on top as a winner this spring with the NBA playoffs odds.
The Los Angeles Lakers will host the New Orleans Hornets in game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series on Wednesday night with a telecast on TNT that is set to start at 10:30 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this matchup so be sure and open your account today for all of the action.
The New Orleans Hornets made the basketball gambling post season based on the strength of their defense that ranked 5th in the NBA for points allowed. The Hornets are the 7th seed in the Western Conference and were not an effective road team this year as they covered just 19 out of 41 games against the spread away from home.
David West was their leading scorer but is out with a knee injury, which makes their task against the defending world champions even more difficult.
Los Angeles has the problem of being too popular with the general betting public, especially at home, as they are a perennial overlay as a home favorite. The Lakers entered NBA playoffs betting with a record of just 16-25 against the spread at home and went under the total in 24 of those games as a host.
Kobe Bryant had another outstanding season with 25.3 points per game while Pau Gasol had 10.2 rebounds per outing. The Lakers showed good balance this year ranking 9th in the NBA for coring offense and 8th for scoring defense. Ron Artest has had a nagging knee problem, which is of concern.
Heading into this playoff series the Lakers had paid out in 3 of their last 4 games against the Hornets and the series going over the total in 7 of the last 9 head to head meetings.
The Hornets have been an excellent value in Los Angeles however with 7 payouts in their last 9 basketball betting matchups with the Lakers at the Staples Center as 8 of the last 11 games between the teams in LA have gone over the total.