The Charlotte Hornets (19-37) and the Indiana Pacers (33-24), who both like to play slow, will battle at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana is an 11-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 208.5 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, and it can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest – Indiana.
Charlotte Hornets at Indiana Pacers Odds Preview
The last time the Hornets played, they were blown out by the Brooklyn Nets, 115-86. They failed to cover as 4.5-point underdogs. With 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting, PJ Washington led Charlotte in scoring. Brooklyn’s effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Charlotte. The Nets had a rate of 0.580 (above their season average of 0.513), while the Hornets posted a mark of 0.420 (below their season average of 0.504). The two teams combined to score 201 points, which was under the O/U total of 210.
The Pacers are hoping to rebound after not being able to cover as 5-point underdogs in their 127-81 loss to the Toronto Raptors in their last game. With 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Domantas Sabonis had a solid outing for Indiana. Toronto had an effective field goal percentage of 0.603 (above their season average of 0.538). Indiana, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (14.2 vs. 14.5). Combined, the two clubs scored 208 points, which was under the O/U total of 220.
Half-court execution will be at a premium when a pair of the league’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. Indiana ranks 27th in possessions per game (100.5) and Charlotte is 30th (98.6).
Of Charlotte’s 56 games, 29 have finished under the projected point total, while 30 of Indiana’s 57 games have finished over the projected point total. The Pacers have the sizable advantage straight up (SU) (33-24 vs. 19-37) and a narrow edge against the spread (ATS) (29-26-2 vs. 26-28-2).
These two teams have met three times already this season, with the Pacers winning two of them. In the most recent matchup, T.J. Warren scored a game-high 36 points and the Pacers beat the Hornets 115-104, covering as 6.5-point favorites. He also put up five rebounds. The two teams combined to score 219 points, which was 9.5 points above the projected point total of 209.5 points. The Pacers played a nearly flawless game. They had a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 28.6 and a superb turnover percentage of 9.5. The Hornets were 20.5 and 10.8, respectively, for those same stats.
Hornets vs. Pacers Odds Prediction
NBA Prediction: SU Winner – Pacers, ATS Winner – Hornets, O/U – Under
Charlotte ranks 12th in three pointers attempted per game (34.4) while Indiana ranks last (27.9).
Indiana ranks 14th in blocks per game (5.0) while Charlotte ranks 25th (4.1).
The Hornets rank second in fast break points allowed per game (11.5) while the Pacers rank 13th (12.9).
Indiana is 13-14-2 ATS at home, while Charlotte is 17-14 ATS on the road.
Indiana is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in its last five games.
Across its last five outings, Charlotte is 3-2 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
The Pacers have been outscored by an average of 7.8 points in their last five games. On the season, Indiana has defeated opponents by an average of 1.4 points.
During their last five games, the Hornets have scored an average of 98.2 points per game (4.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 101.6 points per game (8.4 below their season average).