Two teams sitting within the top-8 of the Eastern Conference are clashing today, when the Indiana Pacers (37-19), who are faring very well after losing Oladipo for the season and want to extend their current winning streak, are hosting the Charlotte Hornets (27-28), who want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 02-11-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Indiana Pacers -5
Indiana Pacers have a 37-19 record (29-27 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the East. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Cavaliers with a 105-90 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 18.8 ppg, adding 5.6 boards and 5.2 dimes per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury. He is followed by Bojan Bogdanovic with 16.8 ppg and 4 boards per game.
Charlotte Hornets have a 27-28 record (28-27 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Hawks with a 129-120 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 25.1 ppg, adding 4.3 boards and a team high 5.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 15.1 ppg and 5.6 boards per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once at home (Pacers by 25 points and Hornets by 18). Pacers have a 21-7 home record, while the Hornets are 8-19 on the road. Hornets are better offensively, scoring 111.5 ppg to Pacers’ 108.5, while Pacers are better defensively, allowing 103.1 ppg to Hornets’ 111.2. Pacers have better percentages both in field goals (47.9% to 45.3%) and in 3-pointers (37.2% to 35.8%). Hornets on the other hand are better both in turnovers committed (12.1 to 13.5) and in boards grabbed (44.3 to 43.4), while Pacers are better in dimes made (26.2 to 23.5). Pacers are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the win today.
Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers Prediction: Indiana Pacers -5 (-110)
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