The Charlotte Hornets are trending upward while the Indiana Pacers are going the other way. So who will have an edge when the Pacers visit the Hornets? Let’s find out.
Charlotte Hornets Betting Preview:
The Charlotte Hornets are starting to figure some things out. A couple of impressive wins in the past few days over some of the better teams in the league. They first took care of business against the Warriors at home, forcing them to play a very inefficient game. After that, they came back from a double-digit deficit against the Wizards to win the match, which was another impressive win. The team genuinely enjoys playing with each other, and there is a very good blend of experience and youthful energy to them.
Ball is playing good; Bridges is playing good; Hayward is there to patch things up; there is Rozier to hit a couple of important shots when he needs to. We have Oubre Jr. bringing a lot of energy from the bench, and all of that is good for the 2nd best offense so far in the league. Their numbers are heavily impacted by the home and road split, but that’s the case for many teams. On defense, it’s not a pretty picture with the team having the 2nd worst defense in the league but considering the pace they play, it’s kind of expected. When the match slows down, their defense is okay.
Indiana Pacers Betting Preview:
The Indiana Pacers are not having a great season, and it seems it won’t get much better soon. It’s a very strange mix for the Pacers, who tend to have brilliant performances knocking off the Jazz in Salt Lake City and then losing to Detroit. That last loss to Detroit was an ugly one where the Pacers failed to hit 90 points against one of the worst teams in the league. The team lacks star power, and it’s evident with no player realistically near All-Star status. Sabonis has been meh at best, with Brogdon, their most consistent player for now.
That won’t get you far, especially if more talented players like LeVert are not having a good year either. Their best hope is that Carlisle finds a way to mesh this group together, but it does not seem likely to happen anytime soon. Still, you never know with them, and they can always start playing a lot better. They are average on offense and defense, which should translate to a better record than they have known.
Ball – Brogdon
Malcolm Brogdon is said to be a very capable defender, and he will need to play capable defense against ball. The younger ball has been a polarizing player to watch with his playstyle that combines efficiency and flashy moves. He has improved quite a bit since last year, and he is emerging as a player that takes care of the ball most of the time. Brogdon will need to slow him down if the Pacers hope to hang with the Hornets.
Charlotte Offense – Indiana Defense
So Charlotte is playing a very high-paced attacking style of play. That’s actually the perfect style for the Pacers, who are most efficient on the fast break. Indiana really struggles in half-court settings, and they won’t need to play a lot of them against the Hornets. They will need to play good team defense because if Charlotte hits over 100 points, it’s hard to see how the Pacers are going to keep up with that.
Hornets vs. Pacers betting lines
As expected, the Hornets are favored at home against the Pacers. The line is 2,5, which is really good, in my opinion, considering how bad the Pacers looked recently. The points are set at 215, which is about right, and what to do with those numbers will be written below.
Free Betting Pick
So I personally expected a line closer to 5 points, but a 2,5 line, while surprising to me, does have some merit. The Pacers have looked better recently despite an abysmal performance against Detroit. The Pistons defeated the Pacers by playing a high-octane game running down the floor and crashing the boards. The Hornets can do the same, and after two strong performances against the Warriors and Wizards, I expect them to do so.
I back the Hornets here at this number, and I’m not looking back. They are more consistent, and at home, where they have a 5-2 record, they should win by three at least. I called the points being 215, and they truly are. The over seems more likely, but you never know with Indiana; they played high-scoring games and low-scoring ones. I would back the Hornets and be done with it.