Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers Predictions, Betting Odds, Picks, Point Spread

Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers

  • A win for the Charlotte Hornets earn them a playoff spot for the first time since 2016!
  • The Pacers enter this game without big man Myles Turner due to injury.
  • The Hornets won the season series against the Pacers, 2-1.

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Team Point Spread Total Money Line
Charlotte Hornets +3 (-114)
O 227 (-110)
Indiana Pacers -3 (-107)
U 227 (-110)

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Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers Predictions and Picks

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Our Pick
The Indiana Pacers would usually be the pick in this matchup, but they may have hit the wrong injury trend to close the season. On the other hand, the Charlotte Hornets have handled the Pacers through the regular season.
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Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers Information
Teams Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana Pacers
Location Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Time 6:30 PM EST, May 18th, 2021
How to Watch TNT

Head-to-Head: Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers

Charlotte Hornets Head-to-Head Indiana Pacers
James Borrego Head Coach Nate Bjorkgren
33-39 (10th in East) Standing 34-38 (9th in East)
L-L-L-L Form W-L-L-W
110.9 (23rd of 30) Off Rtg 112.4 (14th of 30)
111.4 (13th of 30) Def Rtg 112.4 (13th of 30)
98.3 (20th of 30) Pace 101.6 (5th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

T. Rozier (20.4) PPG D. Sabonis (21.2)
C. Zeller (6.8) RPG D. Sabonis (12.0)
L. Ball (6.1) APG D. Sabonis (6.7)
L. Ball (1.6) SPG T. McConnell (1.9)
P. Washington (1.2) BPG M. Turner (3.4)
B. Biyombo (.587)/T. Rozier (7.4) FG%/FGM T. McConnell (.559)/M. Brogdon (7.9)
G. Hayward (.415)/D. Graham (3.3) 3P%/3PM O. Brissett (.423)/M. Brogdon (2.6)

CHO: Protect the Paint!

Even with Indiana missing a key piece in Myles Turner, the Charlotte Hornets need to rely on their strengths against the Pacers.

Indiana aren’t the highest volume shooting team, and would rather find success at the rim first. Charlotte have a great stable of interior defenders, but are last in the league at two-point field goal percentage allowed.

A part of that comes from Charlotte’s focus on running players off the line. But with Indiana’s injury issues, preventing easy baskets at the rim is the best way Charlotte can be competitive.

Hornets Key Player: (G) LaMelo Ball

Many expected LaMelo Ball to have an impact when he got to the NBA, but few foresaw the production that he’d have in his rookie year.

The Hornets are a significantly more dynamic team with Ball on the court. As their group of scoring guards are more than welcome to play receiver to Ball at the point guard position. Ball is likely a shoe-in for Rookie of the Year, averaging 15.1 points, 6.2 assists, and 6.2 rebounds in his final ten games after returning from injury.

The Hornets are usually successful when they play with pace, taking advantage of their athleticism. Ball’s willingness to push the ball will be crucial to their success.

IND: Limit Shooters

Despite significant personnel issues and shocking criticism of head coach Nate Bjorkgren, the Indiana Pacers closed out the season relatively strong.

While the Pacers split their last ten, they showed some excellent defensive determination in a number of their matches. Even though they were undermanned, the Pacers held their opponents to just 32.2% from three over their last ten games.

The Hornets want to draw out big men and capitalize from range. Eyes will be on Domantas Sabonis and Oshae Brissett to step up and cover for their guards when needed.

Pacers Key Player: (F) Domantas Sabonis

There are few players who you could say do everything for their team in the NBA. Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, and Pascal Siakam to name a few. One name that gets overlooked all too often is All-Star Domantas Sabonis.

Sabonis is the engine that makes the Pacers run. Not only is he crucial on the defensive end with his size and mobility, but his signature playmaking ability on the offensive end is almost unmatched. The Lithuanian averaged 21.2 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 6.7 assists on the season, also collecting nine triple doubles in 61 games.

If the Pacers have an advantage anywhere against the Hornets, it’s through Sabonis’ ability to unlock the defence on the offensive end. With Turner out, Sabonis will be a focal point on offence.

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