NBA Picks: New Orleans Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have won 16 of their last 20 regular-season home games against the New Orleans Hornets, which is hard to ignore when making your NBA picks Tuesday night, as the two teams prepare to face off at the Staples Center.

Sports bettors will find that the Lakers are nine-point home favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total stands at 198 in the market.

Let's take a closer look at this Western Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up an against-the-spread pick along the way.

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