Betting basketball handicappers believed that the Lakers were a bona fide NBA sports betting contender to win their third consecutive NBA Title heading into the playoffs.
The Los Angeles Lakers will host the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night in game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinals series with a telecast on TNT. Be sure and have your Sports Gambling account open and ready for action on both the side and total for this matchup.
The Hornets caught the attention of all handicappers with the NBA playoffs odds by winning the first game of this series in Los Angeles and covering the 2nd game there in a tough 78-87 loss as 12 point dogs. New Orleans big problem in the playoffs is their offense which ranked only 27th in the NBA regular season for points scored.
So far in the playoffs Chris Paul has emerged as the key weapon for the Hornets as he was averaging 25 points per game while also leading the team in rebounds with 10.3 per game in this series.
The Lakers had a sloppy regular season and that caused many handicappers to question their overall value and ability for the playoffs. Kobe Bryant has been the one source of consistency and excellence with the Lakers this year as a key asset with the NBA betting odds.
Bryant was averaging a team best 25 points per game in the playoffs and, just as importantly, was adding a valuable leadership aspect to the Lakers as he has tried to fire up the rest of the team. Los Angeles may be inconsistent and a poor betting value but they are still favored to contend for a third straight NBA title.
The Lakers have had the better of this series as of late with 11 payouts in their last 14 games against New Orleans as 8 out of the last 11 games in that span went over the total.
New Orleans was a far better value on the road against the Lakers as they got the money in 9 of their last 11 games against the Lakers at Staples Center as 10 of the last 14 games between the teams in LA went over the betting basketball total.