Check out our free Pacers vs Hornets pick and preview for this NBA game in Charlotte. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Pacers vs Hornets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Indiana Pacers at Charlotte Hornets
- Where: Charlotte at Spectrum Center
- Date: Monday, March 20th
- Betting Odds CHA +1.5, IND -122 | CHA +102 O/U 232.0
So far, the Pacers have put together an overall record of 32-39, while going 38-32-1 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. Indiana is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.
Indiana is trying to bounce back from a 141-121 loss to the 76ers. Going into this game, the team was 4 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Indiana struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip away at a 11 point halftime deficit. In the loss, Aaron Nesmith led the team in scoring with 25 points on a field goal percentage of 56.2%.
So far, the Hornets have put together an overall record of 22-50, while going 30-37-5 vs the spread. Today, the Hornets will be looking to snap a 4 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -17.25 points per contest.
Charlotte is trying to bounce back from a 121-82 loss to the 76ers. Going into this game, the team was 10 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. In the defeat, Charlotte did not outscore the 76ers in a single quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Terry Rozier, as he contributed 14 points while hitting 33.3% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Pacers picked up the 125-113 win over the Hornets. The Pacers point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 1.0 point favorite. So far this season, the Pacers have a record of 2-0 vs the Hornets. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Pacers averaged 118.5 points per game vs Charlotte, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Hornets also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 129.5 points per game vs Indiana. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 3-1-1 in favor of the Hornets. In these matchups, Charlotte has averaged 123 points per game, while allowing 118. Indiana and Charlotte averaged a combined 241 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Pacers come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 115.9 points per game (11th). The Pacers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.9 made 3’s per game. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 18.5 made free-throws per game.
Currently, the Pacers defense is ranked 26th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.94 points per game vs the unit.
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Pacers 2nd leading scorer, Tyrese Haliburton. In his 54 games, Haliburton is averaging 20.8 points per game while dishing out 10.4 assists and grabbing 3.7 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Buddy Hield, who leads the team and is 76th in the NBA at 17.1 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 45.9% of his field goal attempts while taking 14.8% of the team’s shots from the floor.
For the season, the Hornets offensive unit is ranked just 27th in scoring at 111.2 points per contest. For the season, the Hornets have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 6th in the NBA in possessions per game.. Although the Hornets offense does a good job generating possessions, their poor shooting numbers are a key reason for their poor scoring numbers. So far, the team has an effective field goal percentage of just 51.3%.
On defense, the Hornets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 25th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
On offense, Terry Rozier leads the Hornets in scoring at 21.3 points per game, placing him 40th in the NBA. Overall, Rozier has hit 41.5% of his shots while accounting for 21.0% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 18th in points allowed to point-guards. At 15.2 points per game, P.J. Washington is the 2nd leading scorer for the Hornets. For the season, he is 259th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.0%.
Pacers vs Hornets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pacers -1.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 232.0