The Charlotte Hornets (7-18) travel to face off against the Indiana Pacers (13-12) on Wednesday, December 20th. This game will be played at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Both the Hornets and Pacers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Hornets vs Pacers
The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Hornets’ most recent matchup against the Raptors saw Terry Rozier lead the Hornets with 22 points while shooting 9/20 from the field. P.J. Washington added 15 points, but unfortunately, Charlotte was defeated in the game with a score of 114-99.
Over their last ten games, the Hornets are 2-8 and come into today’s game vs. the Pacers with an overall record of 7-18. On the road, the Hornets are 3-8 this season compared to a 4-10 mark at home.
This season, Charlotte holds an ATS record of 9-15, which also includes their two game losing streak against the spread. Charlotte has struggled to cover the spread in their last three road games and has an ATS record of 4-7 on the road, while it is 5-8 at home.
The Pacers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Pacers were defeated by the Clippers in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 151-127. Alonside their straight-up loss, the Pacers failed to cover the spread as +3.5 point underdogs. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 250 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
Today, the Pacers are looking to avoid falling to .500 as they come into this game with a 13-12 record after 25 games. When playing on the road, the Pacers have gone 6-6 this season, compared to a 7-6 record at home.
Indiana has an ATS record of 13-12 for this season, which includes their current four game losing streak against the spread. When playing on the road, the Pacers hold an ATS record of 6-6 in contrast to a 7-6 record against the spread when playing at home.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
Through 25 games games, Charlotte is averaging 111 points per game (24th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Hornets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.8 per contest. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 19th in the league in field goal percentage 19th%.
Pacers Offense Breakdown
Coming into today’s action, Indiana is averaging 127.4 points per contest. This figure places them 1st in the league. So far, Indiana is averaging 103.8 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Indiana has been highly effective on the offensive end, thanks to their combination of an up-tempo playing style and one of the league’s top effective field goal percentages, standing at 57%.
Hornets Team Defense
So far, the Hornets’ defense is ranked 25 in the league at 120.7 points per contest.
On two point field goal attempts, the Hornets’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 56.4% and allowing 37.9% from beyond the arc.
Pacers Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Pacers will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 127.0 points per game (30).
In their previous matchup vs. the Clippers, the Pacers’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 57% leading to 151 points.
Key Players For The Hornets And Pacers
For today’s matchup, we project Terry Rozier to lead the scoring for the Hornets, putting up 15 points and shooting at a rate of 6/13. This season, he is averaging 23.1 points per game along with 3.4 boards.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Tyrese Haliburton to be the top scorer for the Pacers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 17, and he is expected to secure 3 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 50.7% and is averaging 24.9 points per contest.
Hornets vs Pacers Trends
- Although Charlotte has a straight up record of 3-7 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 4-6. The team averaged 111 points per game in these games.
- Across the Pacers last five home games, the team averaged 123 points per game while allowing 129. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 2-3, while going 2-3 straight-up.
- As the betting underdog, the Hornets have an ATS mark of just 1-2 in their last three games. Charlotte posted a straight up mark of 0-3 in these matchups.
- In their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Pacers have a straight up record of 4-6 and an ATS mark of 4-6.
Not only do we have the Pacers winning this one by a score of 116-104, but we see them covering the spread. Our pick is to grab the Pacers at -10.5.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 249.5 and given that our model is projecting 220 points between the teams, we like the under.
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