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Los Angeles faces Charlotte for non-conference matchup

January 28, 2022 GMT

Los Angeles Lakers (24-25, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (27-22, seventh in the Eastern Conference)

Charlotte, North Carolina; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers take on Miles Bridges and the Charlotte Hornets in a non-conference matchup.

The Hornets are 13-7 on their home court. Charlotte ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference shooting 37.1% from downtown, led by Kai Jones shooting 50.0% from 3-point range.

The Lakers have gone 9-13 away from home. Los Angeles has a 5-1 record in one-possession games.

The two teams play for the second time this season. The Lakers defeated the Hornets 126-123 in overtime in their last meeting on Nov. 9. Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 32 points, and Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 29 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: LaMelo Ball is averaging 19.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.5 steals for the Hornets. Bridges is averaging 22.4 points over the last 10 games for Charlotte.

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James averages 2.8 made 3-pointers per game for the Lakers, scoring 29.1 points while shooting 35.2% from beyond the arc. Russell Westbrook is shooting 39.2% and averaging 14.8 points over the past 10 games for Los Angeles.

LAST 10 GAMES: Hornets: 7-3, averaging 112.6 points, 45.8 rebounds, 27.8 assists, 8.2 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 45.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.0 points per game.

Lakers: 4-6, averaging 108.6 points, 41.7 rebounds, 23.2 assists, 7.9 steals and 5.2 blocks per game while shooting 45.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.8 points.

INJURIES: Hornets: Gordon Hayward: out (health protocols), Kelly Oubre Jr.: day to day (ankle), Jalen McDaniels: out (ankle).

Lakers: Sekou Doumbouya: out (health and safety protocols), LeBron James: out (knee), Kendrick Nunn: out (knee).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.