NBA Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana Pacers Prediction, Preview

CHARLOTTE @ INDIANA | 1/20 | 6:00 PM EST

The Hornets are an above average team offensively, ranking 11th in the league with 112.1 points per game. Charlotte is tied for 19th in rebounding with 44.6 boards per game and 18th by dishing out 23.8 assists per contest. The Hornets come in ranked 17th in scoring defense by allowing 111.4 points per game. Kemba Walker leads the team with 25.2 points and 5.7 assists this season. Malik Monk puts up 10.3 points per game while Jeremy Lamb contributes 15.2 points a night while Nicolas Batum chips in 8.8 points plus 5.1 boards a game so far this season.

Indiana was in action at home Saturday night as they hosted the Mavericks in an interconference tilt. The Pacers entered Saturday third in the Eastern Conference, 3.5 games behind the Raptors for the top spot. Indiana trailed Milwaukee by three games in the Central Division race. The Pacers are 5-2 in the second game of back to back situations this season. In those games, Indiana averages 107.3 points per game, which is under their season average of 108.7 points a contest.

Both teams come off impressive wins Saturday, but there’s a significant disparity in talent here. Plus, the home team has dominated this series, going 8-2 ATS in the last 10 matchups. In my simulations, the Pacers are covering 64 percent of the time. Lay the points.

PICK *INDIANA -7.5

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