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Hornets vs. Pacers: Game thread, lineups, TV info and more

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The Pacers look to add to their impressive 5-2 record with 0 days rest, when they face the Hornets — also on 0 days rest.

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Charlotte Hornets Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

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.

In addition to Kemba Walker’s ability to carve up defenses (beware of the dreaded double-drag screens!), one of Charlotte’s biggest strengths is their ball security.

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.

Game Information

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

Injury Update

Pacers: None

Hornets: Cody Zeller (right hand surgery) — out