The Indiana Pacers (37-19) welcome the Charlotte Hornets (27-28) to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers will attempt to prolong their five-game winning streak. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 217.5 points with Indiana opening as a 5-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Monday, February 11, 2019, and it can be seen on Fox Sports Carolina.
Charlotte Hornets at Indiana Pacers Betting Preview
The Hornets defeated the Atlanta Hawks in their last contest, 129-120, covering as 2-point favorites. Kemba Walker was the top scorer from either team with 37 points on 13-for-27 shooting. Charlotte dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.9 (worse than their season average of 10.8) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.653 (above their season average of 0.517). Atlanta was 16.0 and 0.616, respectively, for those same stats. The two teams combined to put up 249 points, which finished well over the O/U total of 229.
In the Pacers’ last game, they covered the 14-point spread against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-90. Indiana rallied around Cory Joseph, who finished with 10 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Indiana played a perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.4 (below their season average of 22.3) and a free throw rate of 0.071 (matching their season average). For those same stats, Cleveland was 11.9 and 0.051, respectively. The two squads collectively scored 195 points, which came in well under the O/U total of 211.
Points at the line could be hard to find for Indiana in this matchup. The Pacers currently rank 28th in the league with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.173, while Charlotte ranks fourth in FTA rate allowed (0.181). Moreover, the Hornets rank first in turnover percentage (11.9 percent), while the Pacers rank second in opponents’ turnover percentage (15.6 percent).
Of Charlotte’s 55 games, 30 have finished over the projected point total, while 33 of Indiana’s 56 games have finished under the projected point total. The Pacers have the substantial advantage straight up (SU) (37-19 vs. 27-28), but both teams are near the .500 mark against the spread (ATS).
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Hornets, it’s been Walker, who has averaged 29 points,6.2 assists,5.2 rebounds,1.4 steals, while the Pacers have gotten great contributions from Bojan Bogdanovic (24 points,1.2 steals).
These two teams have met twice already this year, each winning once. In the most recent contest, Victor Oladipo had 21 points and seven assists and the Pacers beat the Hornets 120-95, covering as 8-point favorites. The two teams combined to score 215 points, which was just 3.5 points below the projected point total of 218.5 points. The Pacers dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurdly low turnover percentage of 7.1 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 24.5. The Hornets had marks of 14.7 and 15.2, respectively, for those same stats.
Charlotte ranks ninth in three pointers attempted per game (33.4) while Indiana ranks 28th (25.4).
Indiana ranks fourth in points allowed in the paint per game (43.7) while Charlotte ranks 16th (49.2).
The Pacers average 15.3 fast break points per game, which ranks 10th in the NBA. The Hornets rank 18th in fast break points allowed per game (14.1).
Charlotte is 12-15 ATS on the road, while Indiana is 16-12 ATS at home.
Indiana is 4-1 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in its last five games.
Across its last five games, Charlotte is 2-2-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Pacers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 18.0, up from 5.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hornets have scored an average of 112.4 points per game (0.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 109.2 points per game (2.0 below their season average).