Hornets vs. Pacers - 1/17/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (15-26) at Charlotte Hornets (15-25)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -1.5 -- Over/Under: 188.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, TSOH
The Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Hornets play Saturday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Indiana Pacers have lost four of their last five games and begin a five-game road trip. On the season, the Pacers are averaging 95.5 points on 42.8 percent shooting and are allowing 97 points on 44.2 percent shooting. David West is averaging 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds while C.J. Miles is averaging 12.4 points and 1.2 assists. Roy Hibbert is grabbing seven rebounds and Solomon Hill is dishing 2.3 assists. The Indiana Pacers continue to stink it up on the offensive end, as they’re shooting 42 percent from the field in their last five games. The Pacers have lost 10 of their last 12 games when scoring less than 100 points. The Pacers are quickly falling out of the playoff race. George Hill is expected to miss this game with a quad injury.
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The Charlotte Hornets have won five of their last six games and play for the first time since Wednesday. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 95.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting and are allowing 98.9 points on 45 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 19.2 points and 5.4 assists while Gary Neal is averaging 10.5 points and two assists. Lance Stephenson is dishing 4.7 assists and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets have been playing well offensively during this stretch, as they’re shooting 45.4 percent from the field in their last five games. The Hornets are quietly getting themselves back in the playoff race if they can keep this play up. Gerald Henderson, Neal and Walker are all questionable for this game.
The Pacers are 14-6-2 ATS in their last 22 road games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. The Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Pacers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Charlotte.
Not sure how anybody can back this Pacers club that's really down in the dumps and finding every way possible to lose games. Look for the Hornets to remain hot by picking up a home victory.