After early-season struggles, the Pacers offense is focusing more on efficiency than pace. While I’m sure they will say that was the plan all along, the language describing their intent has definitely changed from pushing the pace to being more efficient.
The adjustment worked against the Bulls but will be challenged at Charlotte against the Hornets on Monday. As we learned from Doug Branson, the Hornets have struggled in the first half of games, but have ambushed opponents after the half en route to their 4-1 record.
A quick look at the numbers confirms the Hornets 3Q success in convincing fashion. The team’s net efficiency in the first half of games is -5 while the number jumps to +43 in just the third quarter. The Pacers have been both good and horrible in the third quarter, but should certainly be tuned in for a Charlotte surge at the Spectrum Center.
By the way, the Spectrum Center is a far better name than Time Warner Cable Arena, but using ‘Spectrum’ for a hoops hall anywhere outside of Philly shouldn’t be allowed.
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Pacers vs. Hornets - 7:00 p.m. ET at Spectrum Center
Odds: Bovada lists Hornets as -3.5 point favorite.
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 93.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups
Pacers: Jeff Teague (PG), Monta Ellis (SG), Paul George (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Myles Turner (C)
Hornets: Kemba Walker (PG), Nicolas Batum (SG), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (SF), Marvin Williams (PF), Cody Zeller (C)