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Two Eastern Conference teams fighting for the last playoff spot of the conference are clashing today, when the Indiana Pacers (27-23), who want to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Charlotte Hornets (20-28), who are looking to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Date/Time: 01-29-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Indiana Pacers -3
Pacers have a 27-23 record (27-23 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 7th place of the East. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against the Magic with a 114-112 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 24.1 ppg, adding 5.2 rebounds per game. He is followed by Miles Turner with 13.9 ppg and 6.5 rebounds per game but he is out with an injury, while Bojan Bogdanovic adds 13.2 ppg.
Hornets have a 20-28 record (20-24-4 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 11th place of the East. In their last game they lost on the road against the Heat with a 91-95 score. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 22.1 ppg, adding a team high 5.8 assists per game. He is followed by Dwight Howard with 15.8 ppg and a team high 12.8 rebounds per game, while Jeremy Lamb adds 13.8 ppg.
In their four meetings last season, each team won twice at home (Pacers by an average of 11 points and Hornets by 17). Pacers are 16-10 at home so far this season, while Hornets are 6-14 on the road. Pacers are better offensively, scoring 106.6 ppg to Hornets’ 105.6, while both teams allow exactly the same points defensively (105.5). Pacers have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 48% to Hornets’ third-worse of 44% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 37.4% to Hornets’ 35.4%. They are also better in assists made, with 22.4 to Hornets’ second-worse of 20.6, while Hornets are better in rebounding, grabbing a second-best 46.5 to Pacers’ 41.8. Hornets are weak on the road and haven’t found a rhythm lately and Vegas odds give Pacers a -3 spread which they are expected to beat for the home victory today.
Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers Prediction: Indiana Pacers -3 (-107)