The Pacers have won five of their last seven games after a 3-1 homestand thanks to some signs of progress on the defensive end while continuing to run and gun on offense at an impressive clip. Charlotte has been a problem for the Pacers over the past couple of years, so that positive momentum will face a good test against the Hornets.
LaMelo Ball recently returned to give the Hornets a boost after a rough start. Ball and Terry Rozier create a challenging matchup for the young Pacers backcourt, lead by Tyrese Haliburton who has met any and all challenges thus far. Local legend, Gordon Hayward is dealing with a shoulder issue which will keep him out of the lineup.
Regardless, the Pacers lost all four games against the Hornets last season with a losing streak that currently sits at six consecutive losses. That nasty trend doesn’t bode well for the Pacers, but looking at it from a positive point of view, the Pacers are due to beat the Hornets.
DraftKings Odds: Hornets -2.5, O/U 233.5 (latest DraftKings odds here)
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
TV: Bally Sports Indiana/Bally Sports + app
Radio: 93.5 FM/107.5 FM
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, Jalen Smith, Myles Turner
Hornets: LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee
IND: Chris Duarte - out (sprained right ankle), Daniel Theis - out (sore right knee)
CHA: Gordon Hayward - out (left shoulder contusion), Cody Martin - out (left knee procedure), Dennis Smith Jr. - out (left ankle sprain)
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