There will be no love lost tonight as the Pacers (37-19, 21-7 home) host the Hornets (27-28, 8-19 away) at 7:00 p.m. EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
These two teams have met two times this season, with the Hornets winning once. The last time they played on January 20th, 2019, Indiana won 120-95 behind 21 points from Victor Oladipo.
The Pacers began the day as 5.0-point favorites for this game, with an over/under total of 218. That’s a sizeable spread, so think twice if you’re thinking of letting it all ride on the Pacers. Charlotte is 28-27-0 against the spread this season and 30-25-0 over/under. Indiana, meanwhile, is 29-27-0 ATS and 24-32-0 over/under.
Charlotte enters the game ranked 20th in the league in defensive rating. They’re giving up 111.2 points per game and are limiting opponents to 45.0% from the floor and 35.0% from downtown. Offensively, they’re averaging 111.5 points and are 20th in rebounds and 20th in assists.
On the flip side, Indiana ranks 16th in offensive rating. The Pacers are averaging 108.5 points per game on 45.0% shooting and are 24th in rebounds and eighth in assists. Defensively, they’re giving up 103.1 points per game and are 21st in field goals allowed and 16th in three-pointers allowed.
Both clubs have been active lately. The Pacers are coming off of a 90-105 win against the Cavaliers in Cleveland in which they shot 9 for 26 from deep and won the war on the glass 54-38.
The Hornets, meanwhile, are fresh off a 129-120 win versus the Hawks in Atlanta in which they handed out 30 assists and came up with 12 steals. Kemba Walker torched the Hawks for 37 points.
Overall, the Hornets have won five of their last ten games and are seventh in the Eastern Conference, while the Pacers have have come out on the losing end of four of their last ten and are third in the Eastern Conference.