Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 5/18/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (+3.5)
The Charlotte Hornets (33-39) head to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday where they'll take on the Indiana Pacers (34-38) in one of the Eastern Conference Play-In games. The line on this game has Indiana as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 229.
The Charlotte Hornets played the Washington Wizards and went home with a loss by a final score of 115-110 in their last contest. Charlotte walked away from the contest having earned a 39.4% field goal percentage (37 of 94) and made 14 out of their 45 shots from distance. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Hornets buried 22 of their 24 attempts for a percentage of 91.7%. In relation to grabbing boards, they earned 42 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 25 assists for the game as well as forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In terms of the defense, Charlotte allowed the other team to shoot 48.4% from the field on 44 of 91 shooting. Washington earned 22 assists and had 4 steals in the game. In addition, Washington collected 53 rebounds (10 offensive, 43 defensive) and earned 5 blocked shots. Washington ended up going 81.0% from the charity stripe by burying 17 of 21 attempts. They buried 10 of their 31 shots from beyond the arc.
Terry Rozier is one guy who came through in the matchup. He totaled 22 points on 8 out of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 37:24 mins played and snagged 9 rebounds. Rozier shot 42.1% from the floor and distributed 9 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in this contest for the Hornets was LaMelo Ball. He collected 7 rebounds in his 33:28 min on the hardwood. He finished the game shooting 33.3% from the floor in this game by going 7-of-21 (19 points). When the time ran out, Ball accounted for 5 assists.
Charlotte comes into this one with a record of 33-39 for the year. They average 109.5 points per contest (23rd in the NBA) while connecting on 45.5% from the floor. The Hornets are shooting 36.9% from downtown (985 of 2,666) and 76.1% from the charity stripe. As a team, Charlotte is pulling down 43.8 boards per contest and has accounted for 1,933 dimes this year, which has them ranked 6th in basketball in terms of passing. They are turning it over 14.8 times per game and as a team are committing 18.0 personal fouls per game. Defensively, the Hornets have forced 14.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.6 personal fouls. The Hornets are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 46.8% (1,062 of 1,340) and they relinquish 45.2 boards per game as a unit. They currently rank 30th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,951 surrendered on the season. They concede 36.6% from 3-point land and they are 13th in the league in points per game allowed (111.4).
The last time they took the court, the Indiana Pacers went home victorious with a score of 125-113 against the Toronto Raptors. The Pacers were able to pull down 37 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 47 in the game. They also gave up possession 13 times, while getting 8 steals in the game. The Raptors were called for 12 fouls for the game which took the Pacers to the charity stripe for a total of 18 tries. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throws for a percentage of 77.8%. With regard to three-point attempts, Indiana made 15 out of 37 tries (40.5%). Overall, the Pacers went 48 out of 95 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.5%. The Pacers allowed the Raptors to make 39 of their 97 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.2% in this game. They finished shooting 31.6% from beyond the arc by going 12 of 38 and ended up shooting 23 of 29 from the free throw line (79.3%). When it comes to attacking the glass, Indiana permitted Toronto to snag 48 in all (16 on the offensive glass).
Oshae Brissett pitched in for the Pacers for the contest. He converted 10 out of 16 for the matchup giving him a rate of 62.5%, and earned 10 rebounds. Brissett recorded 31 points in his 36:06 mins of playing time and totaled 3 dimes in the matchup. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Indiana was Domantas Sabonis. He finished this one with 5 dimes in his 39:15 minutes played, and he knocked down 12 of 18 from the floor. Sabonis wrapped this one up going 66.7% from the field as well as collecting 25 points and 16 total rebounds.
Indiana has a win-loss record of 34-38 on the year. As an offense, the Pacers are connecting on 47.4% from the field, which ranks 11th in basketball. Indiana has accumulated 8,302 points on the season (115.3 per contest) and they pull down 42.7 boards per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 27.4 times per game (2nd in basketball) and they are turning it over 13.5 times per game. The Pacers are committing 20.2 personal fouls every game and they go 79.2% from the charity stripe. The Pacers on the defensive side of the court are 25th in the NBA in points given up per game with 115.3. They have allowed 26.1 dimes and 46.8 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 28th and 25th in the league. The Indiana defense surrenders 36.6% on shots from behind the 3-point line (828 of 2,265) and their opposition makes 78.2% of their foul shots. They have forced 14.8 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.8% from the field (16th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Charlotte (+3.5)
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