Indiana Pacers vs Charlotte Hornets Odds and Prediction
The Indiana Pacers battle against the Charlotte Hornets tonight at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Pacers are coming off a defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bulls. The Pacers haven’t had the best of the season as of now as they have lost more games than they have won. Charlotte Hornets on the other hand won last two of their games, they are currently 7th in the Eastern Conference.
Going in the game, the Pacers will have home advantage, however, Charlotte Hornets will be looking forward to continuing their winning streak even tonight.
Indiana Pacers vs Charlotte Hornets 12/29/21 Free NBA Pick and Prediction NBA Betting Tips
Indiana Pacers vs Charlotte Hornets Odds and Prediction: Match Odds
Wednesday’s match features two inconsistent teams in this month. In the last ten games, the home team have a 5-5 record, while the visitors are 4-6. Even though they come from two important wins, the Hornets struggle to win games when they play away from North Carolina and this can be an advantage for the Pacers.
If the Pacers can use the bad away record of the Hornets in their favor, the visitors can also use the fact the home team comes from a defeat against the Chicago Bulls in their last match. The Pacers were not capable to keep their momentum gained in the third quarter and the Bulls ended up being victorious.
|Indiana Pacers||Charlotte Hornets||Predicted Winner|
|Smarkets||Odds: 1.66||Odds: 2.14||Indiana Pacers|
|Betway||Moneyline: -143||Moneyline: -120||Indiana Pacers|
|Oddsshark||Spread: -2.5 (-105)||Spread: +2.5 (-105)||Indiana Pacers|
Indiana Pacers vs Charlotte Hornets Odds and Prediction: Game Analysis
The Pacers are currently one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference standings. The squad from Indianapolis occupies the 13th position in the conference standings and they have the eighth-lowest win percentage in the league.
Even though the team has the second-highest blocks per game average in the league, the Pacers struggle to keep their discipline inside the court, as they are ranked the eighth team with the highest average of personal fouls per game with 19.8 PFPG.
Offensively, the team occupies the 11th position in the points ranking, as the team has converted 3666 points in this season, so far. Despite the fact the team are well classified in the points rankings, the Pacers have a poor three-pointers percentage as they have converted 32.3% of their three-pointers, the fourth-worst in the NBA.
Domantas Sabonis, Pacers’ point-forward, and Myles Turner, Pacers’ center-forward, have been the best two players for the Indianapolis side in this season. The point-forward is in the top-10 of the shooting percentage ranking, as he has converted 57.1% of his field goals in this season. On the other hand, the center-forward has been extremely important for the Pacers’ defense. Turner has 93 blocks in this season and this gives him the credential of the best blocker in the league, as he has the highest blocks per game average in the league with 2.8 BPG.
Indiana Pacers Injuries
T.J. McConnell – Wrist Injury
T.J. Warren – Foot Injury
The Hornets keep fighting for their spot in the NBA playoffs and the two last victories help the team to keep their momentum. Playing at home, the Hornets beat the Rockets by 123-99, the biggest victory of the team in this season, so far.
Defensively, the win against the Rockets was also important due to the fact the Hornets did not allow their opponents to score more than 100 points on them, something which had not happened in the last 15 games before Monday. The Hornets are the team who have given the highest number of points in the NBA, as their opponents average 116.3 PPG against them.
If their defense was as solid as their offense, the Hornets would be fighting for a higher position in the Eastern standings. The North-Carolinian team has the second-best points per game average in the league and they are the team who have scored the highest number of points in this NBA season.
LaMelo Ball, Hornets’ point-guard, and Miles Bridge, Pacers’ shooting-forward, have the best numbers for the squad in this season. The ball is ranked as the seventh-best in the assists per the game average ranking, with 8 APG and he also has 55 steals in 29 games played. Bridge has the highest points per game average in the team, 19.7 PPG, and he is also the best shooter in the team, as he has converted 47.2% of his field-goal attempts.
Charlotte Hornets Injuries
Scottie Lewis – NBA health and safety protocols
P.J. Washington – NBA health and safety protocols
Miles Bridges – NBA health and safety protocols
Indiana Pacers vs Charlotte Hornets Odds and Prediction: Game Prediction
Pacers vs Hornets is a close game and there is not a big favorite for this match. Even though the Pacers come from a defeat, they have a good 11-7 home record and they can use the fact the Hornets have a bad record playing on the road as an advantage.
On the other side of the court, the Hornets have their momentum on the top due to the fact they come from two wins in their last two matches, and keeping the winning streak would be essential to maintain their fight for a playoff spot. Looking at all the stats, it is hard to say one of the teams is the favorites to win, but any squad who plays at home has an advantage compared with the visitors and this is why the Pacers can be considered the favorites.