After notching a double-digit win over the Mavericks (20-25) on Saturday, the Pacers will have their next shot at breaking their pattern of feasting on below-.500 opponents and then struggling against Eastern Conference playoff foes tonight against the Hornets.
A one-man show with a mediocre record (22-23), Charlotte isn’t on the same level as Toronto, Boston, or Philly, but they pose a tough test for Indiana’s winning formula.
Back in November, the Hornets made 18 threes — outscoring the Pacers by 21 points from behind the arc — while committing just 12 turnovers leading to only 13 opponent points.
With the second-best turnover rate in the league, relying on turning defense into offense with pick sixes could be tough sledding if the Hornets get hot from three-point range, again.
Unsurprisingly, the Pacers are 8-8 this season when they’ve been outscored in points off turnovers, and they’re a woeful 3-5 when they also get edged out in 3-point margin.
So, yes, beating the Hornets on a night when both teams will be coming off 0 days rest would be a quality win for the Pacers, particularly if Victor Oladipo (who is shooting 37-34-66 over the last seven games) and Bojan Bogdanovic (who has missed 14 of his last 21 threes) can get out of their slumps.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
When: 6:00 PM EST
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups
Pacers: Darren Collison, Victor Oladipo, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner
Hornets: Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb, Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams, Bismack Biyombo
Hornets: Cody Zeller (right hand surgery) — out