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Hornets vs Pacers NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Charlotte Hornets at Indiana Pacers
  • Where: Indianapolis at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds IND -6, CHA +180 | IND -221 O/U 240.5

So far, the Hornets have put together an overall record of 11-29, while going 17-20-3 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. Charlotte is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.

Charlotte is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Bucks. With the 138-109 victory, they also covered the spread as 10 point underdogs. Charlotte was able to maintain control throughout the game, as they outscored the Bucks in each quarter. In the win, Terry Rozier led the team in scoring with 39 points on a field goal percentage of 51.7%.

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So far, the Pacers have put together an overall record of 22-18, while going 25-15-0 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Indiana is 3-0 vs the spread in these matchups.

The Pacers will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Trail Blazers by a score of 108-99. Heading into the game, they were 1 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Even though Indiana did not immediately put a dent in their halftime deficit as they trailed by 1 points heading into 4th, they still managed to come out on top. Leading the team in scoring was Bennedict Mathurin, as he contributed 19 points while hitting 60.0% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Hornets averaged 129.5 points per game vs Indiana, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Pacers also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 118.5 points per game vs Charlotte. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 4-1 in favor of the Hornets. In these matchups, Charlotte has averaged 126 points per game, while allowing 119. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 4-1. Combined, they averaged 245 points in these games.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Through 40 games, the Hornets are averaging 112.0 points per contest, placing them 23rd in the NBA. So far, Charlotte is averaging 102.0 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Although the team is playing at an up-tempo speed, they would benefit from scoring with more efficiency, as they are just 29th in the league in overall field goal percentage, at 50.5%.

Currently, the Hornets defense is ranked 25th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.89 points per game vs the unit.

Charlotte will be counting Terry Rozier to put together a strong scoring performance vs the Indiana, as Kelly Oubre Jr. has been ruled out for today’s game. So far, Oubre Jr. leads the team in scoring at 20.2 points per game. Rozier is 2nd on the team at 20.7 points per contest, which sits 47.0th in the NBA. In his 30 games, he has hit 40.1% of his field goal attempts, and is grabbing 4.2 rebounds per game.

Indiana will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 115.6 points per game (10th). So far, Indiana is averaging 100.5 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Yet, they are still a below average group in terms of made shots per game. So far, the Pacers are 18th in fields goals made per contest.

Currently, the Pacers defense is ranked 26th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.94 points per game vs the unit.

This season, the Pacers offense has primarily worked through Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 38 games, Haliburton is 52nd in the NBA at 20.4 points per game. So far, him and Hield have accounted for 33% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 38.3 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Buddy Hield is grabbing 4.9 rebounds for Indiana to go along with 2.7 assists.

Hornets vs Pacers Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Hornets +6
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 240.5

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