After dropping their last game in Toronto, the Pacers’ hopes of moving up from the five spot in the East will require a near miracle considering the way the Sixers and Cavs are finishing the season, not to mention the opponents they must face.
With a day off, the Pacers should be in better shape to face the Hornets after looking worn out against the Raptors on the back-to-back. Still, with the early tip time and standings situation, the Pacers will have to account for human nature kicking in.
The Hornets have their regular starting five which on paper makes you wonder how they are 10 games below .500, but they are now relegated to playing out the season. The Hornets beat the Pacers at Charlotte in early February thanks to an impressive 41-point performance by Kemba Walker along with 31 points from Nicolas Batum.
A bright spot from that loss for the Pacers was seeing Myles Turner hold his own against Dwight Howard, a matchup that has been brutal for Turner in the past. If he can win that matchup again, the Pacers should be in good shape to win on the road this time around.
The Pacers remain injury free while the Hornets will be without IU/Washington legend Cody Zeller (knee).
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Pacers (47-33) at Hornets (35-45) - 1:00 PM EDT at Spectrum Center
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
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Projected starting lineups
Pacers: Darren Collison (PG), Victor Oladipo (SG), Bojan Bogdanovic (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Myles Turner (C)
Hornets: Kemba Walker (PG), Nicolas Batum (SG), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (SF), Marvin Williams (PF), Dwight Howard (C)