Indiana Pacers at Charlotte Hornets - 3/4/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (32-29) at Charlotte Hornets (32-28)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -2.5 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers and the Charlotte Hornets do battle tonight at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Pacers have lost four of their last six games but will be breathing a little sigh of relief after snapping a three-game skid with a 104-99 win at Milwaukee on Wednesday. Jordan Hill led the scoring with 19 points off the bench, Paul George and Rodney Stuckey added 15 points each while Monta Ellis had 10 points and six assists as the Pacers survived a late rally from the Bucks to improve to 32-29 overall, which is good enough for seventh place in the congested Eastern Conference.
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Meanwhile, the Hornets have won 10 of their last 13 games and will be gunning for a third straight win after crushing the lowly 76ers by 119-99 on Wednesday. Kemba Walker led the way with a game-high 30 points, Cody Zeller added 15 points while Marvin Williams and Jeremy Lin had 14 points each as the Hornets cruised past the league-worst 76ers. With the win, Charlotte improves to 32-28 on the season which is currently good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference, just half a game ahead of the Pacers.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games following a win, while the Hornets are 6-0 ATS in their last six games following a win of more than 10 points and 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games.
Head to head, the Pacers are 1-6-1 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and hte underdog is 6-1-1 ATS in the last eight meetings.
There is plenty on the line in this game in terms of potential playoff implications so expect both teams to turn up for this one. The Pacers have been solid against the spread in their last five road games but I'm liking the Hornets in this one as they seem to be surging at just the right time of the season.