Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana Pacers - 12/15/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana -10.5
Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the venue where Domantas Sabonis and the Indiana Pacers (17-9, 2nd in the Central Division) will take on the Charlotte Hornets (12-16, 3rd in the Southeast Division) on Sunday. The odds on this contest have Indiana as 10.5 point favorites. The O/U opens at 214.5.
The Hornets cover the spread 53.6% of the time, having gone 15-13-0 ATS. Indiana covers the spread 56.0% of the time, going 14-11-1 against the spread.
Key Charlotte Hornets Injuries
12/13/2019 Nicolas Batum SF Hand Expected to be out until at least Dec 15
12/12/2019 Marvin Williams PF Knee Expected to be out until at least Dec 15
Key Indiana Pacers Injuries
12/13/2019 JaKarr Sampson SF Back Expected to be out until at least Dec 15
12/11/2019 Brian Bowen SG Wrist Game Time Decision
12/6/2019 Victor Oladipo SG Knee Expected to be out until at least Dec 20
Devonte' Graham comes into this game averaging 19.9 points per contest while playing 33.9 minutes per night this year. He grabs 3.8 rebounds per contest and distributes 7.6 assists per game. His FG percentage is 41% while his free throw percentage is 82%. Terry Rozier averages 17.1 points per contest in 33.1 minutes per game. He averages 4.3 assists per game and 4.8 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 42% for the season while his free throw percentage is 86%.
Domantas Sabonis scores 18.0 points per contest while playing 34.4 minutes per game. He hauls in 13.5 rebounds per contest and has 3.8 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is at 78%. Malcolm Brogdon averages 19.5 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 31.6 minutes per game. He also brings in 4.7 rebounds per game and has 7.7 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 93%.
Useful Team Statistics
Charlotte averages 105.2 points per contest, which is 26th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -6.1 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a unit, which has them ranked 25th. From 3-point territory they shoot 37%, which is good for 9th in the NBA. They average 42.8 boards per contest and 23.8 assists per game, which ranks them 26th and 17th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 15th with 15.5 per game. The Hornets allow 111.3 points per contest, which is 18th in the NBA. They also surrender a 48% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 26th and 18th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 46.0 rebounds a game which ranks 21st, and they allow 27.3 assists per game which puts them in 30th place in the league. They force 15.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 16th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Indiana is 17th in the NBA with 109.3 points per contest this season. They are 6th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 4.35. They shoot 37% from beyond the arc, which is good for 8th in the league. They are 19th in the NBA in rebounding with 44.3 boards per contest and 11th in assists per game with 24.7. The Pacers are 24th in turnovers per contest with 13.9. The Pacers give up 105.0 points per game, which ranks them 6th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 7th and 11th in those defensive statistics. They rank 6th with 22.5 dimes allowed per game and 6th with 43.9 boards surrendered per contest. The Pacers are 14th in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.0 per contest this year.
The Hornets are 22nd in the league in defensive rating with 113, and their offensive rating of 106.8 is ranked 24th. They are 26th in the NBA in pace with 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 20th. As a unit they are 22nd in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shot attempts, ranking 7th in the NBA. Charlotte is 7th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 55%, which is 5th in the NBA.
Indiana is 22nd in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 25th in the NBA. The Pacers are 15th in the league in defensive rating with 104.7, and their offensive rating of 109 is ranked 8th. They are 21st in the NBA in pace with 99.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 15th. As a unit they are 16th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 30% of their shot attempts, ranking 29th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Hornets/Pacers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Indiana -10.5
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