Indiana Pacers vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction, 10/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
TV: Bally Sports SE-CHA
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+2)
The Charlotte Hornets (33-39 last year) are hosting the Indiana Pacers (34-38 last season) at Spectrum Center on Wednesday. Charlotte opens as 2-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 228.5.
The Pacers stepped onto the hardwood against the Raptors and notched a win by a score of 125-113 in their last game. Indiana ended the contest with a 50.5% FG percentage (48 out of 95) and knocked down 15 of their 37 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Pacers made 14 of their 18 tries for a rate of 77.8%. When discussing grabbing boards, they compiled 47 with 10 of them being offensive. They also doled out 34 dimes in this game as well as forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 8 steals. Pertaining to defending, Indiana allowed the other team to go 40.2% from the field on 39 out of 97 shooting. Toronto totaled 21 assists and had 8 steals for the game. Moreover, Toronto collected 48 rebounds (16 offensive, 32 defensive) and earned 3 rejections. Toronto finished the contest at 79.3% when shooting free throws by making 23 of 29 attempts. They buried 12 out of their 38 attempts from downtown.
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Domantas Sabonis is someone who was a major factor for the contest. He totaled 19 points on 8 of 15 shooting. He played 32 minutes and also pulled down 11 rebounds. Sabonis ended up going 53.3% from the floor and dished out 10 dimes.
Indiana heads into this game after finishing with a win-loss record of 34-38 last season. They lost possession by turning the ball over 13.5 times per game and as a squad committed 20.2 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Indiana pulled down 42.7 rebounds per contest and accumulated 1,973 assists last year, which had them ranked 2nd in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Pacers shot 36.4% on shots from distance (889 of 2,445) and 79.2% from the free throw line. They averaged 115.3 points per game (6th in basketball) while connecting on 47.4% from the field. Defensively, the Pacers forced 14.8 turnovers per contest and they drew 18.1 personal fouls. They surrendered 36.6% on 3-pointers and they were 25th in the league in points per game allowed (115.3). The Pacers defense gave up a shooting percentage of 46.8% (3,076 of 6,576) and they surrendered 46.8 boards per contest as a squad. They were ranked 28th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,877 conceded last season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Hornets took a defeat with a final score of 115-110 against the Wizards. The Hornets recorded 32 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 42 in the game. They also gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while getting 8 steals for the contest. The Wizards committed 20 fouls for this game which got the Hornets to the free throw line for 24 tries. They were able to make 22 of them for a rate of 91.7%. With respect to shots from downtown, Charlotte knocked down 14 of their 45 tries (31.1%). Overall, the Hornets ended up shooting 37 out of 94 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.4%. The Hornets allowed the Wizards to bury 44 of their 91 tries from the field which had them sitting at 48.4% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 32.3% from three-point range by shooting 10 of 31 and ended up going 17 of 21 from the free throw line (81.0%). When discussing cleaning the glass, Charlotte allowed Washington to grab 53 in all (10 offensive).
Miles Bridges ended up being a major contributor for the Hornets for this contest. He converted 10 of 16 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 62.5%, and accounted for 8 rebounds. Bridges had 23 points in his 36 minutes on the court and earned 4 dimes in this contest.
Charlotte had a mark of 33-39 last year. Charlotte scored 7,881 points last season (109.5 per game) and they pulled in 43.8 rebounds per contest. As an offensive unit, the Hornets hit 45.5% from the field, which was ranked 22nd in basketball. The Hornets committed 18.0 fouls per contest and they hit 76.1% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates was at 26.8 times per contest (6th in basketball) and they turned it over 14.8 times per contest. The Hornets defensively were ranked 13th in basketball in points given up per game with 111.4. They were able to force 14.8 turnovers per game and let teams shoot 46.8% from the field (17th in the NBA). The Charlotte defense surrendered 36.6% on 3-point shots (1,042 of 2,847) and opponents made 74.5% of their free throw attempts. They gave up 27.1 assists and 45.2 rebounds every game, which was ranked 30th and 19th in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Indiana (+2)
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