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Pacers vs Hornets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Indiana Pacers at Charlotte Hornets
- Where: Charlotte at Spectrum Center
- Date: Wednesday, November 16th
- Betting Odds CHA -3, IND +115 | CHA -138 O/U 232.0
The Pacers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 6-6. So far, the team has gone 8-4-0 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 3-0 vs the spread.
The Pacers will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Raptors by a score of 118-104. Heading into the game, they were 2 point favorites on the spread, giving them an ATS win. Indiana put together a strong second half performance, as after 2 quarters, they trailed the Raptors by -13 points. In the win, Buddy Hield led the team in scoring with 22 points on a field goal percentage of 53.3%.
The Hornets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 4-11. So far, the team has gone 6-8-1 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Charlotte has an overall record of 1-2, including going 2-1 against the spread.
The Hornets will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Magic by a score of 112-105. Heading into the game, they were 1 point favorites on the spread, giving them an ATS win. Charlotte went on to win the game, as they led by 13 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Mason Plumlee, as he contributed 18 points while hitting 88.9% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Going back to last season, the Hornets took the season series 4-0. This mark came while posting a mark of 2-0 as the host team. 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. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Hornets have averaged 127 points per game compared to 123 for Indiana. This has led to an ATS record of 4-1 for Charlotte. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 4-1. Combined, they averaged 250 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Indiana offense is the 4th ranked unit in the NBA, at 117.3 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Pacers are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.5 possessions per game. Yet, they are still a below average group in terms of made shots per game. So far, the Pacers are 14th in fields goals made per contest.
On defense, the Pacers will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 26th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Tyrese Haliburton, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Haliburton leads the team in scoring at 20.5 points per game while Mathurin is 2nd at 19.92. For the season, Haliburton is 106th in the NBA in usage rate and 26th in player efficiency. Behind him, Mathurin has taken 14.7% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 45.6%.
For the season, the Hornets offensive unit is ranked just 25th in scoring at 108.9 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Hornets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.6 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Charlotte offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 25th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Defensively, Charlotte has had its problems giving up an average of 114.89 points per game (25th).
On offense, Kelly Oubre Jr. leads the Pacers in scoring at 18.33 points per game, placing him 59th in the NBA. Overall, Oubre Jr. has hit 41.0% of his shots while accounting for 17.8% 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 shooting guards. At 14.53 points per game, P.J. Washington is the 2nd leading scorer for the Pacers. For the season, he is 289th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting an effective field goal percentage of 13.73.
Pacers vs Hornets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Hornets -3
- Free Total Prediction: Under 232.0