Indiana Pacers vs. Charlotte Hornetes - 12/15/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Charlotte Hornetes at Indiana Pacers

Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 6:00 PM (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

Charlotte Hornets @ Indiana Pacers -11.5 O/U 209

The Charlotte Hornets travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take on the Indiana Pacers. The Hornets come in winning their last three games, the most recent win on the road beating the Bulls 83-73 to improve to 12-16 on the season. The Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks 110-110 to improve to 17-9 on the season.

The Pacers average 109.3 points per game which ranks 17th in the NBA this season. The Pacers are led in scoring by Malcom Brogdon who averages 19.5 points per game; Brogdom also leads the team in assists with 7.7 per game. Starting power forward and leading rebounder Domantas Sabonis averages a double-double with 18 points per game and 13.5 rebounds. Sabonis is 4th in the NBA in rebounds per game.

The Charlotte Hornets average only 105.2 points which ranks 26th in the NBA.  Led in scoring and assists by improving star Davonte Graham who averages 19.9 points and 7.6 assists per game. Offseason free agent signing Terry Rozier adds 17.1 points per game. Leading the Hornets in rebounding is forward Cody Zeller who averages 7.8 rebounds per game.

The Hornets defense has struggled to stop anyone this season, allowing 111.3 points per game which ranks 21st in the NBA. The Pacers have surrendered only 105 points per game, which ranks 65th in the NBA while allowing teams to shoot 44% from the field which ranks 8th in the NBA.

The stingy defense and balanced scoring on the offensive end will lead to the Pacers easily handling the Hornets at home. The Hornets with Graham and Rozier have a strong future ahead but are not ready to be a major force in the NBA. The Pacers total has stayed under in five of their last six games and the lackluster offense of the Hornets will struggle to get anything done in this game. The Pacers win the game, but the total stays under. Final Score Prediction, Indiana Pacers 105 Charlotte Hornets 96.

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Lance’s Pick Hornets-Pacers Under 209

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.